HSV back to TWR roots

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle News -

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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.

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