Six months after announcing TeamVodafone's switch to Holden, V8 Supercar champion Jamie Whincup and team-mate Craig Lowndes today unveiled the team's Commodore race cars.
The Triple Eight Race Engineering designed and built 2010 challengers will feature a 'sleek new livery concept' that was designed to 'suit the Commodore's stance and stature on track' and also 'celebrate the renewal of the highly successful relationship with Vodafone as naming rights sponsor for at least another three seasons'.
While the cars will retain their traditional fluorescent Vodafone rocket red, the now customary chrome will adorn even more of the car including the bonnet and boot lids. The side-on profile of the car has also evolved making for a distinctly different look and feel.
Though the livery represents a new direction, the move to Holden is somewhat of a return journey for Lowndes and Whincup, who both started their touring car careers with the Lion. Furthermore, the relationship with the Australian division of General Motors marks a highly significant return to its roots for Triple Eight Race Engineering.
A three-time champion with Holden, Lowndes said the return to the 'red side' had presented him with an exciting new challenge.
“I am really looking forward to the start of this season,” Lowndes said. “Knowing I have always had my best results in a Holden definitely gives me some added confidence.”
The #1 plate holder for the second year running, Whincup said he was very excited about the new livery and the prospect of the season.
“Like Craig, I also started my career with Holden and although I haven't won a race with the lion yet, I have set my goals high. To win a championship with both manufacturers will be the motivation we need to do the job,” Whincup explained.
TeamVodafone naming rights sponsor Vodafone is eager to see the world's number one V8 Supercar team behind the wheel of a world-class machine.