The much anticipated Car of the Future blueprint has guaranteed the long-term success of the V8 Supercar Championship Series well into the foreseeable future, at the same time allowing an entry pathway for more manufacturers to join the sport.
Former V8 Supercar and Australian sporting great Mark Skaife unveiled his 18-month labour in front of the country's media, car manufacturers, business leaders, Government representatives, motorsport heavyweights and industry insiders in Melbourne.
It was one of the single biggest defining moments in the long success of the V8 Supercar Championship Series and a blueprint designed to ensure the sport continues its impressive growth.
“This is a history making moment,” V8 Supercars Australia Executive Chairman Tony Cochrane said. “For a long time V8 Supercars has been regarded as the most prestigious and admired touring car category in the world. The motorsport and motoring worlds have been watching this announcement very closely as it a massive opportunity for our sport to step up on several levels and attract a wider audience.
”Mark's plan is a collaboration of future building, business analysis, SWOT planning, common sense and a serious look at how we make the sport more cost effective for our major stakeholders, teams, but retain the very core of our success – terrific and exciting V8 Supercar racing.”
The reliance on Holden and Ford as major backers of the sport and with the number of individual teams being reduced significantly since the inception of the Championship Series in 1993 when the two manufacturing giants provided the majority of the individual team financial support.
“In essence, we need to protect the DNA of the current competition that has operated successfully for 17 years, as well as expanding horizons in a changing industry landscape,” Skaife told the assembled media, manufacturers, teams, sponsors and stakeholders at the packed unveiling.
“This means redefining regulations to promote what we believe is Australia's greatest motorsport category in ensuring that our drivers and teams continue to excel and provide a competitive and entertaining Championship Series.
“Our open shopfront policy will be based on potentially attracting additional manufacturers. We want to open the door to genuine high volume production, four-door sedans which will be configured as V8 rear wheel drive race cars under strict parity arrangements to compete equally against Falcons and Commodores.