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Monday, 02 May 2016 00:00

Rogers column: Why V8s will stay for some time

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Much was made of V8 Supercars' announcement that the series will be rebranded as the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, dropping the V8 tag.

Yet V8 engines will remain on the grid for some time, despite the series opening up to other engine configurations under the Gen2 platform from 2017.

Team owner Garry Rogers, writing in his V8X Supercar Magazine column, says not much will change in the coming seasons.

V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92, featuring Rogers' column, is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

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"The engine rule is flexible enough that if people want to change the engines they can, but I don't think anybody will for a while.

"Most people have invested heavily in V8s; they've got great reliability and that's more important than having some new engine that may not go the distance. So I can't see anything really changing in the engine department just yet.

"We know Volvo are running a four-cylinder turbo for its World Touring Car Championship campaign, but those engines are not designed for endurance races.

"At Bathurst you need engines that can do 1000 kilometers and still be reliable. History has shown that those four-cylinder turbos are okay in the short distance races, but they have a big question mark hanging over them when it comes to endurance races.

"I see no reason why with the reliability, the speed and the performance these V8 engines have currently got, anyone would change, unless there was a financial gain – and I can't see there being a financial gain on the table for any of us.

"That is the case for the manufacturers already in the series, but it's a completely different story for a new manufacturer that would have to invest in the development of a new engine any way.

"Others will join in and you only need one of them to come along and produce a four-cylinder engine or V6 and have some success, then everyone will say we better try this."

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92 to read the full column.