The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is back to having two manufacturers providing factory funding in 2017, five years into the Car of the Future era and in the first year of Gen2.
They are the two Holden-backed Red Bull Racing Australia entries of Triple Eight Race Engineering, now with the Holden Racing Team name, and four Nissan Motorsport entries.
So what's the future of manufacturers in the series? V8X Supercar Magazine issue #95 takes an in-depth examination into that question by delving into the past, present and future of global and Australian trends and speaking to series, team and manufacturer representatives to make sense of the landscape.
Issue #95 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 cover story for issue #95 features interviews with Holden motorsport boss Simon McNamara, Nissan Australia CEO Richard Emery and Supercars team bosses Brad Jones and Rod Nash, who have previously had factory backing in the past but now operate independently.
The feature looks at the following topics:
- Current trends amongst manufacturers within international and Australian motorsport.
- The changes within the Australian automotive sector post-Ford and Holden local production.
- Supercars' place within the Australian market.
- The move away from V8 engines and Falcons and Commodores.
- Market relevance versus branding for manufacturers racing in Supercars.
- Whether teams and the series can survive without manufacturer backing.
- The Gen2 regulations and whether the move towards GT-type cars will entice more manufacturers.
- How teams are diversifying to cope with the absence of manufacturer backing.
Also, issue #95 features an in-depth one-on-one interview with McNamara regarding Holden's future in the series and the move of factory backing from Walkinshaw Racing to Triple Eight in addition to a feature on the future of the engine formula into Gen2.
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