Fast-tracking the VF
V8 Supercars want an early introduction to the next Commodore shape
THE NEW and much improved VF Commodore could be unveiled as a V8 Supercar racer — not just a stock-standard showroom hopeful — early next year.
The updated bodywork developed to refresh and revitalise the struggling star is already locked for customer deliveries by May 2013.
However, it could be fasttracked on to the noses and tails of the Holden heroes for the start of next year’s touring car season in March.
Race teams are pushing for an early go-ahead from Holden headquarters at Fishermans Bend to save them building two sets of bodywork for the new Car of the Future regulations that come into force for V8 Supercar racing early next year.
‘‘ Why would we build one body for the start of the year and then have to change it two or three months later?’’ a Holden pit lane leader says.
But an early switch could work against Holden’s sales plans, creating a buyer strike during the runout of the current VE as shoppers wait for the updated model.
The VF will look significantly different, with major changes to the front and rear ends of the bodywork although nothing is likely to change in the central glasshouse. That means the undersized and unpopular external rear-vision mirrors are expected to remain.
But there will be major improvements to comfort and cabin quality, as well as the overall refinement.
An even bigger question mark hangs over the VF, with US rumours that a rebadged Holden could be sold there as the Chevrolet SS.
General Motors chiefs admit that they will have an all-new car as their racing star in the 2013 Nascar racing series and the company has registered SS as the badge.
But Chevrolet insiders downplay any chance of an Aussie-led invasion of the stock car series — which is second only to Formula One as a worldwide motorsport drawcard — pointing to the strength of the Australian dollar as a major negative.
Holden’s push for police car sales with a specially adapted long-wheelbase Caprice has been hammered by the car’s price, even though it is a favourite with the police forces trialling it against rivals.
The cop car program tallied less than one-tenth of the original sales target.
Malidore: take on the VF — note the GM Malibu nose. Sure, we made this Commodore up. We’re not pretending it’ll happen. We’re not magazine