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Falcon gains new wings for racetrack

Automotive students have a great time stripping the car

Automotive students have a great time stripping
the car

By Jason McIntosh

Alice Springs' automotive students are turning a stock standard EA Ford Falcon into a race car as part of their studies.

The car, which was donated to Charles Darwin University in the late 1980s, is being stripped and rebuilt to become a high performance street stock/Arunga park bomber for the local Arunga Park speedway.

CDU Automotive lecturer Rob Tucker has raced his 360 V8 sprintcar for years and said the Falcon, which cannot be registered for street use, would be ideal for the street stock "bomber" sedan category.

The car will be stripped and rebuilt with roll cages, a refreshed motor and transmission for racing around a dirt track at about 100 km/h.

Mr Tucker said the project would give 2nd and 3rd year apprentices an opportunity to learn all aspects of car basics and construction.

"From the motor and transmission through to suspension and chassis, they get to see an end result when the project is finished and be part of the pit crew or even race the car," he said.

The car is expected to be completed around November.