Two weeks ago, Holden was still committed to replacing its five-litre V8 with a new twin-turbo V6 powerplant and Ford runners looked set to continue running a Falcon that’s no longer sold in the marketplace.
A change of heart from both Holden and Ford has resulted in a seismic shift for Supercars from 2019, with Ford seemingly winning the PR war as the category takes the next step into the Gen2 era:
The following has been confirmed over the last fortnight:
- Holden has suspended development of its twin-turbo V6 powerplant.
- Holden teams will continue to run the V8 engine in 2019 and for the foreseeable future.
- Ford Australia returns to Supercars with support for DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing.
- Ford Performance, the manufacturer’s performance arm, enters the Australian and New Zealand marketplace.
- DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing will switch from the Falcon to the Mustang from 2019.
- DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing will retain their current V8 engines in the Mustang.
Ford Australia’s return to Supercars with its performance model has been hailed by Supercars insiders and fans alike, while Holden’s decision to keep its V8 is seen as a concession in the wake of fan angst towards the move away from V8s and sliding sales figures.
Attention will now turn to Holden and whether Ford Performance’s arrival into the marketplace and the development of a Mustang Supercar results in General Motors introducing the Camaro into Australia, especially with ongoing criticism of the current Supercar (based on the imported road car) retaining the Commodore nameplate.
Holden has nevertheless welcomed the return of factory backing from Ford, ensuring the presence of the two pillars of Australian touring-car manufacturers in Supercars.
Please note: Holden and Ford’s announcements were made after we went to print on Supercar Xtra Magazine issue #104, which includes analysis of Holden’s twin-turbo V6 powerplant and Ford’s future in Supercars. Updated analysis and features on the decisions and their repercussions will appear in issue #105.
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