Visitors to this year’s Adelaide Motorsport Festival will not only be able to pay for a ride in a Formula 1 car, but take a friend along too.
The three-seater Arrows AX3 will be at the event, which takes place in March the weekend before the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. The Adelaide Motorsport Festival runs on a shortened version of the street circuit which held the country’s round of the world championship on 11 occasions from 1985 until 1995.
Fans will be able to pay for a ride in one of the two passenger seats in the car, which are positioned either side of and behind the driver of the machine.
The AX3 was originally powered by a three-litre, 670bhp V10 engine fitted into a chassis adapted from the A20 raced by the team in the 1999 F1 season. At its launch in January 2001, Arrows claimed the car could reach 355kph (221mph), although more recent descriptions of its performance with its current 3.5-litre Hart V10 engine suggest a figure closer to 330kph (205mph).
The Tom Walkinshaw-run team folded the year after the AX3’s launch due to mounting debts and other financial problems. Multiple tubs were made for the three-seater, and at least two full show cars were used on tracks at the time for paying fans. They have since been sold, and the car in action in Adelaide has spent several years based in New Zealand doing demonstration runs there.
The Adelaide Motorsport Festival runs from March 25th-26th and will feature demonstrations of heritage Formula 1 cars, other open-wheel racers, touring cars, bikes and more. Cars will be pitted against each other in pairs in a Super Sprint contest around the track.
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