“Any V8 engine can potentially be used where a manufacturer can modify one of its family V8 power-plants or utilise an existing category V8 Supercar engine. Who knows, this may open the door to teams fielding Nissans, Toyotas, Hyundais, Mazdas … whatever!”
Skaife's master plan compliments the Project Blueprint parity system designed to maintain equality amongst the current Ford and Holden-based Series but also enables numerous other manufacturers to consider using the V8 Supercar Championship Series as a racing and marketing platform.
“This is evolution, not revolution,” Skaife said. “Parity is something we are very good at in V8 land to ensure technical equivalency between vehicles and it has not been an issue with our Ford and Holden teams. The 888 team's successful switch between makes from last year to this year with minimum fuss is a classic example.
“Cost containment is also a vital aspect in ensuring the future health of our sport, as it has been for all categories, particularly NASCAR and Formula One in recent times. We now have in place a plan to reduce the cost of a rolling chassis by around 25% and further control costs of vehicle running, repair and engine development.
“Everybody knows that motor sport is an expensive business but we can't afford to price ourselves out of our own market. The nature of motorsport has long been that if the money is there it can, and will, be spent. Controlling those costs is a critical path forward.
“As such, a comprehensive component evaluation matrix has been formulated for implementation over specific target dates. We have applied a proper business case analysis in an effort to curb dollars spent, as the cost of winning a Championship has roughly doubled in the last fifteen years.
“The big picture here is that we already have a very successful sporting product that nonetheless must make headway in the future by remaining relevant to stakeholders, the car industry, team sponsors and our legion of fans – as well as do what we do best, put on a great show for the fans and our worldwide viewers.”