The Cars

The V8 Masters cars were designed, developed and built in Cape Town by Owen Ashley and feature a spaceframe chassis and glass fibre bodywork. Designated APV347is (Ashley Performance Vehicle), all of the cars are prepared and maintained at the V8 Masters Series workshop by Richard Quixley and senior mechanics Darryl Bachmann, Kevin Howes and Pierre du Bois.

Powering the cars is a 5 686 cm3 Ford Racing V8 delivering 300 kW at the wheels and 610 N.m of torque, mated with a Tremec five-speed close-ratio manual gearbox and driving the rear wheels via a Mustang 8¾-inch limited-slip differential.

Front suspension is by double wishbones and the live rear axle is located by an F1-style pushrod/rocker system.

Ventilated disc brakes with four-pot calipers are used front and rear. Avon tyres – dry compound – are standard and fitted to 16×10-inch rims at the front, 16×11-inch at the rear.

All of the cars are equipped with full GPS data logging monitoring items including speed, engine revs, throttle angle, oil pressure, fuel pressure, coolant temperature, lap sector times and lines through corners.

Some 24 complete cars have been built along with a number of spare chassis. The cars have proven to be extremely reliable, safe and strong.

Inevitably, accidents occur in motor racing and a number of the cars have been involved in collisions, but almost without exception have withstood even the most severe impacts and been repairable. No driver has been seriously injured in any accident in the history of the series.