New look for V8 Supercars

WORRIED looks have been prevalent among V8 Supercar team owners in recent times due to the reports of significant commercial backers in the sport heading for the exit at the end of this season.

Along with the departure of  sponsors, there are murmurs that one or two smaller teams may be forced to hand back their RECs (racing entitlement contracts) unless Santa brings them much-needed goodies.

Insiders have told Wheels that the cost of building, repairing and maintaining the new-generation V8 Supercars has hit budgets hard, one saying that his team’s two cars cost $1.3 million to build, instead of the promised $250,000 each.

“Yes, it’s a very tough commercial environment out there,” said a marketer from another team. “Ours is a very expensive sport and V8 Supercars sponsorship is now out of reach of most company budgets.”

Amid these concerns, V8 Supercars will reveal final details of its much-debated Gen 2 rule package by the season-ending Sydney 500 in December.

This is the blueprint for the future of the sport, specifically intending to appeal to manufacturers who have been seeking a race formula of greater relevance to the marketplace (and consumers).

The crux of the mooted changes is a freeing of the rules to allow new and different engines to race in a category that has been a mandated 5.0-litre V8 formula from day one, more than 20 years ago.

Among others, Volvo is eagerly awaiting the new formula, which it expects to be sympathetic to the brand’s new engine philosophy based on turbocharged four-cylinder units producing anything up to 500kW.

Recently appointed Volvo Australia managing director Kevin McCann warned, though, that it was important that any new engines allowed by the category retain exciting exhaust notes.

Two-door body shapes are certain to be part of an overhaul, opening the way for cars such as the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro to be used.

Car manufacturers have been canvassed for views on where the series should head technically following the end of local car-making.

V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton has promised the plans – including a new name and logo – will be revealed very soon.

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  • Oh oh oh... Can I buy last years holden race car and register it for the road then? I mean they won't race it any more and it's nearly a new Commodore isn't it? be quicker than the bus.
  • Risky business! Two litre Group A failed. Turbo engines don`t have note & sound like vacuum cleaners. Even Daihatsu owners support V8 racing & trying to remove V8`s may kill the sport. Need a formula similar to NASCAR which retains V8`s but less technology & much lower costs. The formula should have lighter chassis & less powerful V8 engines than NASCAR, more controlled components than now, & meet the $250K cost per car, the initial aim of Car of the Future. Yes it will dumb down the technology, but make it affordable for teams & sponsors, more competitive. The focus will move to set up ability & driver skills, not who has the biggest wallet.
  • Wow you guys seem to have a short memory, when we had the 2.0 class the series just about died. Once the V8's came back it has gone from strength to strength. Learn from the past!!
  • Cars with 2 doors are sports cars and they race already at the Bathurst 12hr