Fast-track­ing the VF

V8 Su­per­cars want an early in­tro­duc­tion to the next Com­modore shape

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - GOTCHA! - PAUL GOVER

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

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