Holden's next-generation Commodore Supercar is at an advanced stage of development that could see it ready for testing before the middle of next year.
Mark Fogarty takes a look at its development in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #95.
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Due to take over from the VF Commodore at the 2018 season-opening Clipsal 500 Adelaide, the new-look Commodore will be the first of its name not powered by a V8 in Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars history.
Holden is set to be the first manufacturer to take advantage of the Gen2 Supercars rules, which from next year will allow engine configurations other than V8s.
In an interview featured in issue #95, Holden motorsport manager Simon McNamara revealed that designers at Fishermens Bend had been working on the body shape since early this year and that the new engine had been chosen following a near two-year evaluation.
According to McNamara, the target for first Triple Eight-built car to begin testing is around April-May next year to fully develop the new Supercars Commodore to be competitive – and widely available to other Holden teams – at the start of the 2018 season.
As part of Holden's three-year Supercars renewal from 2017, Triple Eight will develop the new Commodore racer and supply cars to all other Holden teams, as well as taking over the Holden Racing Team mantle from Walkinshaw Racing.
Engine supply will also be centralised to provide customer Holden teams with what McNamara forecast would be significant cost savings overall.
He confirmed that the Supercars version of the next Commodore road car will use a turbocharged engine although he declined to disclose whether it will be a twin-turbo V6, as widely expected, or the less likely alternative of a big-turbo four-cylinder – the two Gen2 options to the existing normally aspirated five-litre V8 formula.
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