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Thursday, 23 June 2016 00:00

Evolution of a series: Where we’ve come from…


To understand where one is going, first take stock of where one has been.

V8X Supercar Magazine issue #93 takes an in-depth look into the future of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, through an examination into the technical, sporting and calendar conundrums the series faces.

And ahead of the arrival of the Gen2 era from 2017, which opens up the series to non-V8 engines and two-door coupes in addition to the current V8-powered four-door sedans, issue #93 takes a look back at the evolution of the series.

Issue #93 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 #93.

Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars rules:

APPENDIX J – 1960-1964

Four-door production cars sold in the marketplace with some engine and suspension modifications allowed. Cars competed in various classes based on engine capacity.

 – 1965-1972

The forerunner of the Group C era, which would eventually include production-based sedans with limited modifications racing alongside the highly-modified cars such as the imported muscle cars that dominated.

GROUP C – 1973-1984

An evolution of the Improved Production era, essentially moving aside the imported muscle cars in favour of the Australian-built equivalents. Classes were defined by engine capacity. The regulations would, for the first time, apply across the championship and endurance events such as Bathurst.

GROUP A – 1985-1992

An international formula for production-derived cars in which different scales were applied to the various engine capacities, while tyre width and weight was adjusted based on relative performance. At least 5000 identical car units had to be produced in a 12-month period for the race car to compete in the series, demanding manufacturer commitment.

V8 SUPERCARS – 1993-2012

Australian-built, four-door, rear-wheel drive five-litre V8 Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores were the only cars eligible to compete in the new Group 3A formula, later to be renamed V8 Supercars.

CAR OF THE FUTURE – 2013-present

An extension of the Project Blueprint rulebook with a control chassis
design and specification across all manufacturers with body shells and engines unique to each make, which could include non-Ford and Holden entities for the first time since the imposed duopoly of the Group 3A years.

For more analysis, grab a copy of issue #93 – on sale now!

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