MARC Cars introduces its third bespoke model – the GT – with three examples set to make their debut in 2022.
MARC Cars has unveiled its newest racer – the GT – ahead of its competitive debut in 2022.
The new GT is the MARC’s third new model since 2013, and follows the Australian brand’s first model, built intermittently atop the Ford Focus and Mazda3 chassis, and the Ford Mustang-inspired Ford II V8. The GT also marks an extension of the partnership between MARC Cars and Australian mechanical engineer PACE Innovations, the pair collaborating on the design of the Mercedes C-Class-esque bodywork as well as the ChromeMoly Space Frame. Notable elements of the custom-moulded bodywork, constructed from composite material, include an enormous front splitter and air intakes, and the adjustable rear wing.
The new GT is also the first MARC to forego Ford’s ‘Coyote’-spec 5.2-litre V8 in favour of a General Motors-derived, 575hp -litre ‘LS3’ V8, essentially a retuned version of the example found in the fifth generation Camaro SS and C6 Corvette.
The new GT will continue to use the six-speed sequential Albins ST6 Transaxle (with Paddle Shift), as well as Brembo’s brake package and PACE Innovations’ modular upright double wishbone suspension.
MARC Cars is working to complete three examples of the new GT to debut in the brand’s newly-introduced single make series, an affiliation of the Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS).
“The MARC Focus and Mazda have both been such a successful car for the MARC Cars team and it was a key point for the design brief that we didn’t lose the identity of the previous MARC cars in this new design,” explains MARC Cars Australia owner Geoff Taunton. “Working with PACE Innovations whom have designed our previous MARC Focus / Mazda and MARC II V8, they immediately understood the direction this car needed to go – so we know the quality and finish will be to the highest standard inline with our other models.”
MARC Cars has been a regular competitor in the 24H SERIES since 2015, with the factory team collecting four consecutive class wins with the MARC Focus V8 en-route to that year’s SP2-class title. Since then, MARC Cars has been represented on the 24H SERIES grid by VDS Racing Adventures – with which the Australian marque secured another three SP2-class championships – Qvick-VR Racing, and series staple Cor Euser.
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