The new-generation imported Commodore represents a seismic change in Supercars as the first Gen2-spec racer in the series complete with a non-V8 turbocharged engine. We take a look under the skin of Holden's new Supercar in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #101.
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For Holden it was important to have a relationship between its race and road car, so the new Commodore will not have a V8. Instead, the performance model features a turbocharged V6 engine. And therein lies the reason for Holden's change.
Don't underestimate the size of the step. This is as big a change for Holden since the six-cylinder Toranas switched to a V8 in the 1970s.
In effect, Holden is giving up 40 years of development work and all that knowledge. They have been racing this new engine elsewhere for a while but running in Supercars is not always as easy as it sounds.
In marketing terms, however, it is important for Holden to have alignment between the performance car it sells and the car that it races.
It is also important that Holden remains in Supercars and owns the intellectual property to the car, so without the approval from head office the new car doesn't go racing.
The new racer is essentially an Opel Insignia and will be imported rather than built here. It is slightly smaller than the current car but not significantly so. Triple Eight Race Engineering has been tasked with getting the new racer right.
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