SU­PER­CARS’ NEW REGS TO AL­LOW TWO DOORS, TUR­BOS AND MORE

NZ Performance Car - - Insideline -

The V8 Su­per­cars events are set to get very in­ter­est­ing over the com­ing few sea­sons as changes con­tinue to be made to en­sure the class sur­vives the end of pro­duc­tion of Ford’s Fal­con and Holden’s Com­modore.

Step one was al­low­ing other man­u­fac­tur­ers (the likes of Nis­san, Volvo and Mercedes) to en­ter the se­ries un­der the Car of the Fu­ture chas­sis regs, and now it would seem new en­gine con­fig­u­ra­tions and two-door cars will be wel­comed to the se­ries from 2017 on­wards. Un­der the guide­lines the car must be pub­licly avail­able on the show­room floor in Australia, front en­gined, right-hand drive and use a full four-seat con­fig­u­ra­tion. The race-car ver­sion will uti­lize the Car of the Fu­ture chas­sis and con­trol com­po­nents, and be sub­ject to en­gine and aero par­ity rules.

What we found most in­ter­est­ing was the fact turbo en­gines will be wel­comed back in both four- and six-cylin­der for­mats, as long as what­ever en­gine is used has the right ex­haust note. “The sheer brute power and sound of V8 Su­per­cars is syn­ony­mous with the sport,” V8 Su­per­cars CEO James War­bur­ton said. “A key area will be re­tain­ing the acous­tic ef­fect of high-pow­ered race cars no mat­ter the en­gine or make.”

Who will en­ter V8 Su­per­cars un­der the new for­mat is yet to be re­vealed, but Lexus is al­legedly among sev­eral in high-level talks.

This will bring a new di­men­sion to the pre­mier tour­ing car class in Aus­trala­sia, and is a move we are very ex­cited about here at NZPC.

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