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Sunday, 15 May 2016 00:00

Red versus blue: How Holden won the war

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It may be one of Australia's greatest sporting rivalries but it now appears Ford versus Holden is falling in a lopsided mess.

After all, in their exclusive battles in the V8 Falcon and Commodore era over 20 years (1993 to 2012), Holden comes out on top in each key battle – championship, Bathurst 1000s, race wins, fastest laps and more.

With the advent of Group 3A in 1993 that morphed into V8 Supercars, there was more than 20 years of those two manufacturers going mirror to mirror.

That battle was weakened with the introduction of other manufacturers under the Car of the Future, which given Ford's imminent withdrawal and lethargic attitude to the series was not a bad thing at all.

We, as fans of the sport, know there is very little correlation between the race car and the road car. The first series of designs used the entire road car as the 'base', then Project Blueprint uprooted the running gear and standardised components that led into Car of the Future, which generated cars that really only differed by body shell and engine.

At each step, despite winning races and championships, Ford numbers dwindled as Ford's support dissipated. Team after team seemed to move across to Holden.

Current teams Triple Eight Race Engineering, Tekno Autosports, Brad Jones Racing, Erebus Motorsport (via Stone Brothers Racing) and Team 18 (with Dick Johnson Racing) all have Ford origins and now give Holden numerical supremacy on the 2016 grid.

V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92, a special Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore edition, takes a look at the key factors that gave Holden supremacy over Ford.

V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92 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. 

CLICK HERE for more information on V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92.

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