Freightliner 2017 Racing Reveal
Photo: Tim Slade (left) and Paul Eddy (right).
A bold new look has been debuted for Tim Slade’s 2017 Freightliner Racing Commodore at the Clipsal 500. Moving away from the black and red, this bright white and silver livery has a new shade of red which will most definitely stand out on track.
2016 saw the resurgence of Slade, claiming his first back to back race wins and finishing in the top ten in the championship. Now, he looks to fight even harder in 2017.
Slade said: “The Freightliner Racing Commodore looks awesome. It’s so different to what the car has been over the past few years, we’ve had the design locked down for a while now and I’m excited to finally show it off to our Freightliner Racing fans.”
The Brad Jones Racing team used PPG Paints and Roland DG printers for the wraps to bring the design to life.
Slade added: “We didn’t put too much pressure on ourselves last year, we always wanted to do well and aim for the top ten. We achieved some great results, and this year we’ll be looking to build on that and be more consistent with our speed and good results.”
Freightliner Racing also revealed its new Freightliner Coronado transporter. Going by the name ‘Stax’ the transporter is well known by Supercars fans for the remarkable photos it stars in when travelling to and from Supercars events. A reveal video, filmed at the local Wodonga Motorsport TAFE, stars the 2016 Argosy and 2017 Coronado transporters along with the new race car.
The 2017 ‘Stax’ is a new Freightliner Coronado 114, a rugged American truck with a 15-litre Detroit engine that belts out 560hp and 1850lb-ft of torque. It uses an 18-speed Eaton RoadRanger non-synchro gearbox. With its set forward front axle and short bonnet, the 114 is able to tow a 34-pallet B-double combination. The Freightliner Racing Coronado is fitted with a 34-inch sleeper, which offers lots of space for the driver on those long distance runs.
Freightliner Australia Director, Stephen Downes, says: “We’re thrilled to see the fantastic new look Freightliner Racing Commodore and introduce the tough Freightliner Coronado to the Supercars paddock. We think Freightliner customers will get a real buzz when they see the 2017 car fighting for more wins and podiums this year.”
The team will also use two Freightliner Argosys for the safe and reliable transportation of the rest of their Supercars and Dunlop Series fleet.
Tim will be on track on the 21st of February for the team’s first test day at Sydney Motorsport Park, before heading to his home town of Adelaide for the season opening event, the Clipsal 500 on March 2-5.