HSV back to TWR roots
is plenty of life yet in Holden Special Vehicles. Despite earlier speculation that the hot Holden shop would struggle for survival once the Commodore has gone, HSV boss Ryan Walkinshaw is bullish about the future.
“We’ve got plenty happening,” he tells Australian Muscle Car.
“Holden has us busy with a number of projects. And, no, I’m not going to tell you what they are.
“We’ve also got more special editions to come and some other exciting stuff between now and 2016. We’ve had some fantastic discussions with Holden.”
The HSV contract with Holden is up for renewal in late 2014 and, although Walkinshaw will not talk about timing or details, he says paperwork is with the lawyers and he is not expecting any hiccups before the renewal.
Walkinshaw refuses point-blank to discuss the successor to the current Commodore, although it’s an open secret that it will be a development of the Opel Insignia with a sprinkling of HSV ‘fairy dust’ for Australia.
He’s also non-commital about the potential for HSV work on the re-badged Opels that are coming as Holdens in 2015 and beyond, even thought they were rejected in the past because there was no opportunity to provide a value-ad upgrade for buyers while also turning a profit for HSV.
Walkinshaw is also looking at other opportunities for HSV, spending time with Volvo management during the Gold Coast 600 meeting.
“We’ve very much looking to the old TWR model of working with numerous manufacturers going forward. I think we’re very confident that we’ll continue.”
While you’re waiting, you can drool over the new US-only Shelby GT350 Mustang unveiled at the recent LA auto show – 375kW and 540 Nm for the record.