There are no big changes to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship in 2017 despite the implementation of the Gen2 rules. But by the 2020 season, the championship could look and sound very different.
V8X Supercar Magazine looks at the Gen2 plans afoot amongst the current and prospective manufacturers in issue #96.
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The 2017 season will be a major acid test for Supercars' Gen2 regulations, despite a lack of any new machinery on the grid.
As Australian motorsport's long-time heavyweights, it's fitting Holden was the first manufacturer to have declared its hand for the Gen2 era. The General Motors brand has committed to racing a version of its imported Commodore, which will be developed by Triple Eight as part of its new role as the factory outfit.
In line with dropping V8 power from its road car, Holden's new Commodore Supercar will be fitted with a V6 turbo engine when it debuts in 2018.
Designed to make it as easy and cost efficient as possible for existing teams to upgrade with a single-supplier model, the move will likely see Holdens continue to provide the backbone of the grid for some time.
While an absence of new cars, engines and manufacturers hides its significance, the next 12 months is almost certain to determine the direction the category will take into the next decade.
So what will Supercars look like by 2020? Will the Gen2 rules, which allow two-door bodies and non-V8 engines into the class, really revolutionise Australian touring cars?
As the first to commit, Holden will be the pioneers when it comes to the technical challenge of bringing a V6 turbo up to speed, as well as testing the fans' appetite for the technology.
Development of the package throughout next year will likely provide an important test on both fronts as Supercars irons out its parity systems and the car, at some point, makes its public debut.
Meanwhile, Ford teams Prodrive Racing Australia and DJR Team Penske are weighing up the Ford Mustang option, while Nissan's Skyline GT-R is a regular in GT3 categories and could be coming to Supercars under Gen2. Also, new manufacturers such as Kia, Alfa Romeo, Mazda and more continue to be linked to the series.
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