Holden Commodore to get a V8!

Lawrence Kim
June 10, 2017

"It is a pragmatic and sensible approach by Holden and Triple Eight Race Engineering in introducing the new Commodore and a twin-turbocharged V6 powered engine to the sport", Supercars chairman James Warburton said. And this is what it's going to look like when it makes its race debut next season.

This will maintain the competition's integrity with the introduction of Supercars' new Gen 2 regulations.

The artwork is the handy work of renowned Holden designer Peter Hughes, and has impressed the carmaker's marketing department.

Holden's decision to homologate the existing V8 with the new auto for a single season will allow for further development of the new engine and its introduction to the category.

"What an incredible-looking race auto, it carries on the tradition of Commodores looking awesome on and off the track and ushers in a new era for our brand", said Holden Executive Director of Marketing Mark Harland. I'd also love see further development of aero as seen in GT3 categories around the globe.

The factory team will "seek approval from Supercars to run a V6-powered Commodore as a wild card entry at selected rounds next season", a Holden statement stated. The engine will then be made available to all teams fielding the Commodore.

Holden said the staggered release of its racecar is created to help those teams running Commodores to transition to the new vehicle.

The staggered introduction is created to make the transition to the new Commodore as seamless as possible while ensuring Triple Eight's front running drivers remain competitive in the championship next year, as well as providing Supercars' technical department with knowledge of the engine's performance potential to ensure there is parity with the current naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 that rival teams may continue to use in 2019 and beyond.

As revealed by Motorsport.com, the introduction of the new auto and new engine was likely to mean a maximum of three new-model Commodores in 2018, with Triple Eight only ensuring it would have its own cars ready in time for Adelaide next year.

By aiming for 2019, it gives teams, especially smaller ones, an easier transition to the new model Commodore.

The first of the new Commodores is expected to be ready for Supercars aerodynamic testing in the fourth quarter of this year.

Supercars Australia chief executive officer James Warburton applauded Holden for their approach to introducing the new auto and engine package.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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