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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 00:00

2020 vision: Looking ahead to Gen2

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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.

Issue #96 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 issue #96.

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. 

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of issue #96 to read the full feature.

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Event Date
Adelaide 500 1-4 March
2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 22-25 March
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint 6-8 April
WD-40 Phillip Island 500 20-22 April
Perth SuperSprint 4-6 May
Winton SuperSprint 18-20 May
CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown 15-17 June
Watpac Townsville 400 6-8 July
Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint 20-22 July
Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint 4 August
The Bend SuperSprint 24-26 August
Sandown 500 14-16 September
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 4-7 October
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 19-21 October
ITM Auckland SuperSprint 2-4 November
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 23-25 November

 

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Jamie Whincup

3042

 2

 Scott McLaughlin

3021

 3

 Fabian Coulthard

2812

 4

 Shane van Gisbergen

2769

 5

 Chaz Mostert

2748

 6

Mark Winterbottom 

2208

 7

 David Reynolds

2196

 8

 Cameron Waters

2173

 9

 Garth Tander

2169

 10

 Craig Lowndes

2160

 Full points table