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V8s reveal Car of the Future blueprint

Details of the V8 Supercar Championship's Car of the Future are announced in Melbourne
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.




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rusjel - Unregistered

March 30, 2010 10:30 PM

Just observing, you make some good points, but you kinda missed mine. The 'main' touring car formula in Oz hasn't been production cars since 1973 and I have no problem with that. V8 Supercar has moved from a production based formula in 1993 to what is is now, a virtual NASCAR, with identical brakes gearboxes, suspension components with brand bodywork over the top. Too far away in my view, from its roots. You may disagree and I welcome your arguments, but that's what I'm saying I'd welcome other manufacterers by the way, the series is getting a little stale, but just whacking an Aurion body (or whatever) over a cookie cutter rolling chassis doens't do it for me.

Just Observing - Unregistered

March 30, 2010 7:14 AM

as for a few points made in the previous posts... rusjel - Ever heard of the Australian Production Car Championship?? All the production cars you can poke a stick at... if you want to support production car racing, that's where its at... don't keep beating the tired drum about V8Supercars not being production cars! Michael- in 1992 most Group A marques were European... Nissan was really the only truly Japanese manufacturer taking it seriously.. so to single out Japan as being unwelcome is really just trying to stir things up



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