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Havoline Jaguar Wesbank V8

Broadcast dates : 9th October 2005
15th October 2005


The Wesbank V8 racing series has been enjoying a competitive revival with race wins contested by Johan Fourie, Grant van Schalkwyk and Hennie Groenewald, driver of the Havoline Jaguar.

Beneath the token Jaguar skin, the car has a tubular chassis and an American Ford V8 engine, which is about as close as this car gets to its Jaguar nameplate, on the mechanical side of things.

The tall first gear referred to by Clint is used because the Wesbank V8s have rolling starts in their races.

Depending on the rear axle ratio, first gear is good for about a 140 km/h! As for top speed, 300 km/h is a reality at high-speed tracks like the East London Grand Prix circuit.

The V8s are the most powerful racing cars running in South Africa right now, and the standard of preparation gets better each season.
The Havoline Jaguar is possibly the best turned out car in the field. The fiberglass Jaguar XK-like body boasts an impressive ripple-free finish.

In driver Hennie Groenewald, the team has one of the quickest and classiest acts in the business.

Like the clanking Detroit Locker axle, the six-litre V8 engine is unsophisticated but brutally effective.

It runs a massive Holley four-barrel carb and a Windsor-based Dart racing block. At 650 horses, or 486 kiloWatts, the engine is, believe it or not, relatively un-stressed.

The chassis was built by master craftsmen Fynie Swart and Carel Pienaar at SP Race Engineering in Vanderbijlpark.

Swart says an enormous amount of effort was put into making the Jag look good, not only from the outside, but beneath the skin.

Fields of over twenty cars compete for V8 honours in the Vodacom Power Tour at tracks around the country. Clint, who is used to racing production cars on the same bill, looked like the cat who caught the canary after his V8 lappery at the Wesbank Raceway.

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