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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 13:39

Analysis: A seismic shift in Supercars


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.

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #104. 


Event Date
Superloop Adelaide 500 February 20-23
Melbourne 400 March 12-15
Tyrepower Tasmania Super400  April 3-5
ITM Auckland Super400 April 24-26
PIRTEK Perth SuperNight May 15-17
Truck Assist Winton Super400 June 5-7
Watpac Townsville 400 June 26-28
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown July 17-19
Sydney SuperNight August 28-30
OTR The Bend 500 September 18-20
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 October 8-11
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Oct. 30-Nov. 1
Penrite Oil Sandown Super400  November 20-22
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 December 4-6



1. Scott McLaughlin
2. Jamie Whincup
261 -27
3. Chaz Mostert
234 -54
4. Cameron Waters
231 -57
5. Will Davison
231 -57
6. David Reynolds
210 -78
7. Lee Holdsworth
171 -117
8. Mark Winterbottom
162 -126
9. Fabian Coulthard
162 -126
10. Rick Kelly
150 -138

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