“Peak-hour of power”. City streets to be taken over by priceless race cars
As part of the Adelaide Motorsport Festival next weekend, the “Peak Hour of Power” will feature drivers including Craig Lowndes, Garth Tander, Cam Waters and Troy Bayliss, and an incredible lineup of racing machinery, all making their way through Adelaide’s Friday night traffic to the Gouger Street Party.
We were able to experience this craziness first hand back in 2016, where we were literally sitting side by side in traffic next to historical Formula One cars, driven by ex F1 champions. The journey was especially entertaining when encountering members of the general public who had somehow not received the memo about the event. Watching their jaws drop as a line of priceless racing cars rolled past them at a set of traffic lights was priceless.
With everywhere else in Australia progressing toward being a “nanny state”, this is truly a unique experience that we are thankful still exists. There really are not many places in the world where you’ll see a cavalcade of classic and contemporary cars like this on city streets, let alone being able to get close enough to touch them, chat to the drivers and soak up the party atmosphere in the middle of the city.
Peak Hour of Power commences at 5:45pm from Victoria Park on Friday December 8, heads up Wakefield Street through Victoria Square, then turns left onto Morphett Street before finishing in Gouger Street.
The parade includes:
2007 Ferrari FXX – driver Craig Lowndes
The FXX is one of the world’s most exclusive cars. Based on the Enzo, only 30 were ever built, and they were only ever sold in Europe to existing Ferrari owners, who are only allowed to drive the car on track days approved by Ferrari. Its 6.3 litre V12 engine makes 800 horsepower (and an incredible sound)
2000 Arrows A21 Formula One – driver Josh Kean
Mark Webber was a test driver for Arrows when this car was being developed. It was notable for being a full-carbon car, including the tub, wishbones, brakes and even the gearbox casing. This car is fitted with the Hart V10 from the previous year, which makes 800hp at an incredible 18,000 rpm.
1986 BMW Benetton Formula One – driver Cameron Waters
The Benetton B186 was driven by Gerhard Berger in the 1986 Formula One season. Its BMW M12 engine put out around 1400hp in qualifying trim, making it the most powerful F1 engine ever raced. This car competed at the Adelaide Grand Prix, but Berger was put out of the race by an engine failure.
1994 Arrows FA 15 Formula One – driver Tim Slade
Christian Fittipaldi campaigned this Footwork FA15 in 1994, taking it to ninth place in the championship, eighth at the Adelaide Grand Prix. This car is not currently in its 1994 livery, and is undergoing a restoration to return it to its former glory.
1988 Larrousse Formula One – driver Brenton Griguol
Ex-Phillipe Alliot car which raced in Adelaide in 1988. This car has been restored to an as-raced condition.
2017 Super 5000 – driver Garth Tander
Prototype for the new Super5000 category, which will be a support class for Supercars in 2018. Lightweight open-wheeler with a Supercar-spec 5-litre V8 and Albins sequential transaxle.
1974 March Formula One
It might be more than 40 years old, but the March is still driven hard. It held the lap record at the Adelaide Motorsport Festival until last year.
1967 Brabham BT21 B
Aussie F1 champion Sir Jack Brabham was also a dab hand at building racing cars – Brabham was the largest manufacturer of race cars during the 1960s.
2015 Ducati Superbike – rider Troy Bayliss
Race-spec motorcycle based on Ducati’s roadgoing Panigale, as raced in the World Superbike Championship.
1990 Ford Sierra Group A
Raced by Dick Johnson and John Bowe at the Bathurst 1000, this car will be reunited with John Bowe on Sunday 10th Dec on track for a special 10 minute session. The car will also take part in the Heritage Touring Cars sessions all weekend with owner Terry Lawlor driving the car.
1985 Ferrari F40
The last Ferrari personally approved by Enzo Ferrari, the F40 was astonishing when released in 1987, with a 2.9 litre twin turbo V8 pushing it to more than 320kmh.
2009 Ferrari 599XX
A lightweight, track-only version of Ferrari’s two-seater flagship, with carbon fibre body parts and a 6 litre, naturally aspirated engine producing more than 700 horsepower.
1988 Mercedes 450 Historic Sports Sedan
It looks like a Mercedes Benz, but underneath the fibreglass body is a purpose-built tube-frame racecar. This is one of several historic Sports Sedans appearing at the AMF over the weekend.
2017 McLaren 675LT – driver Nick Percat
2012 Toyota WTF86 – driver Todd Hazelwood
With a stroked 4.1L twin turbo V6 engine from a Nissan GT-R, this Toyota is built for speed, but retains a full interior, sound system and even air conditioning, and is fully street legal. It will take on the Arrows FA15 F1 car in a roll race (like a drag race but from a rolling start) on Saturday at the AMF. UPDATE: The WTF86 has just completed a dyno run, posting 1105hp at the wheels, which means somewhere north of 1300hp at the crank … WTF indeed.
We will be there covering the event from Friday through Sunday, and we highly suggest that if you can find your way there, put the date into your diary!