Performance Engines’ new tenure as Official Engine Supplier to Super TC2000 got
off to a flying start this weekend, with the launch of the 2012 series at
RPE’s first weekend supporting the Super TC2000 grid, powered by the 430bhp RPX
V8 engine, passed without a hitch, this year’s cars some eight seconds a lap
faster than last year, due to the new engine’s superior power, advanced engine
management and paddleshift system. No problems were reported, despite ambient
temperatures exceeding 38°C.
RPE has supplied 42 engines to the multi-marque grid, the first race of the
season being won by Toyota Team Argentina’s Matias Rossi, a margin of only 3.6
seconds after 47 minutes of racing, from PSG16’s Carlos Bueno. As a result,
Rossi lead’s Latin America’s biggest touring car series by six points, ahead of
the Buenos Aires street race on 01 April, the second of 12 rounds this year.
The RPX engine will be used for at least the next three years, providing power
to the front wheels of all cars in the series via a sequential XTrac gearbox,
mounted transversely in the cars.
“The first Super TC2000 grid utilising RPE’s V8 engine ran extremely smoothly,
our on-site technicians reporting no issues, even though air and track
temperatures were extremely high,” commented RPE General Manager, James
Williams. “This new, exciting venture demonstrates not only the RPX V8 engine’s
supreme power and reliability, but also its versatility and suitability for a
range of different racing applications.”