Holden Previews Next-Gen Commodore Race Car Ahead of 2018 Supercars Debut
Holden on Friday gave the world its first look at the next-generation Commodore race car. The new Commodore is set to make its real-world, on-track debut in 2018 as part of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
The computer-generated image that teases the final product was put together by GM Design Australia Exterior Design Manager Peter Hughes. The real deal is currently in development and undergoing testing from Holden and partner Triple Eight Race Engineering, and it is expected to undergo Supercars Aero Validation in Q4 2017.
“What an incredible-looking race car, it carries on the tradition of Commodores looking awesome on and off the track and ushers in a new era for our brand,” said Holden Executive Director of Marketing Mark Harland. “I can’t wait to see it out on the track claiming race wins next year.”
In addition to giving a peek at what the Commodore race car will look like when it takes to the track next year, Holden also revealed that its next-gen racer will see the return of the current V8 engine for its first season. Triple Eight Race Engineering is working to have a V6 Commodore approved by Supercars for wild card entry in select 2018 races before it becomes the primary powertrain for the 2019 season.
“Our sport prides itself on Supercars being the closest competition in the world, and the phased introduction of the next-generation Commodore will ensure that is maintained,” said Triple Eight Race Engineering team principal Roland Dane.
“It is a pragmatic and sensible approach by Holden and Triple Eight Race Engineering in introducing the new Commodore and a twin-turbocharged V6 powered engine to the sport,” added Supercars Australia CEO James Warburton. “Importantly, it is a win for all the current teams in terms of the simplicity and market relevance for an easy transition to the new Commodore in 2018. This phased introduction sets a clear path forward for not only Holden but existing and new manufacturers in the sport.”