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2023 V8 Supercars Reveal The Gen3 Future

December 3, 2021
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2023 V8 Supercars Reveal The Gen3 Future

“Given the cars look reasonably close to production versions, I believe the motoring public will come to the party”

Will the new Gen3 Ford Mustang GT and General Motors Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 usher in a new V8 racing era? Today the new look Repco Supercars Championship was revealed in Bathurst.

Key Info

All around the country V8 fans will be scrutinising the new cars. Here are some of the key takeaways.

What They Say

Supercars CEO Sean Seamer

“These are incredible looking race cars and it’s an historic occasion to be here today, unveiling them at the foot of Mount Panorama, our spiritual home of racing,” Seamer said.

“The motorsport and motoring worlds have been watching this announcement very closely as it is a massive opportunity for our sport to step up on several levels and attract a wider audience.

“Both the Mustang and Camaro give a nod to the Supercar of the past, with as much attention given to the design and appearance of the cars as the new technologies.

“With the work of the Gen3 Steering Committee, our manufacturers and the homologation teams, we truly believe these cars will create close racing with a more level playing field.

“The Ford Mustang and GM Camaro are the first chapter of our new era that will be cost-effective for our major stakeholders and teams but retain the very core of our success – terrific and exciting Supercar racing, which is what our fans have been asking us for.”

General Motors

Jim Campbell, Chevrolet Performance and Racing.

“Our company has a proud history of racing in the Australian Touring Car Championship and in Supercars for over five decades,” 

“Today we’re excited to announce a new chapter in the history of Australian motorsports with the introduction of Chevrolet Racing and the all-new Gen3 Camaro ZL1 for Supercars.

“It took close collaboration between key partners to make this a reality, including the Triple Eight Race Engineering team; KRE Engines, working with our Propulsion, Performance & Racing Centre; the Supercars Gen3 Steering Committee as well as the designers who were responsible for the production Camaro and other Camaro global race programmes.

“The new Gen3 Camaro ZL1, with the unmistakable roar of the Chevrolet 5.7L naturally aspirated LTR V8, will do its part to create exciting racing in Supercars and we can’t wait to start our engines in 2023.”

“These are incredible looking race cars and it’s an historic occasion to be here today, unveiling them at the foot of Mount Panorama, our spiritual home of racing,” Seamer said.

“The motorsport and motoring worlds have been watching this announcement very closely as it is a massive opportunity for our sport to step up on several levels and attract a wider audience.

“Both the Mustang and Camaro give a nod to the Supercar of the past, with as much attention given to the design and appearance of the cars as the new technologies.

“With the work of the Gen3 Steering Committee, our manufacturers and the homologation teams, we truly believe these cars will create close racing with a more level playing field.

“The Ford Mustang and GM Camaro are the first chapter of our new era that will be cost-effective for our major stakeholders and teams but retain the very core of our success – terrific and exciting Supercar racing, which is what our fans have been asking us for.”

Ford

Andrew Birkic, Ford Australia President and CEO

“As Supercars enters a new era, with new ownership and the incoming Gen3 technical regulations, Ford is demonstrating its continuing commitment to Australia,” Birkic said.

“It has been a huge couple of weeks for Ford Australia, with the launch of the Australian designed and engineered Next-Generation Ranger last week and now this spectacular next generation Supercar.

“We want to make the sport better for the fans, with more relevant cars, and more entertaining racing.

“Gen3 looks absolutely incredible, sounds even better and I’m sure I’m not alone in how much I am looking forward to seeing it on-track this weekend.

“Congratulations to Sean Seamer, Adrian Burgess and their teams in bringing the Gen3 project to this point.”

Mark Rushbrook, Global Director Ford Performance Motorsports.

“There is no question when you look at the Mustang GT Gen3 Supercar that this is a Mustang,” Rushbrook explained.

“It absolutely looks the part, which was focus one for us in the design and development phase for this vehicle.

“The fact that it’s powered by a production-based Ford engine is the icing on the cake.

“Early indications are that this is going to be a fantastic race car.

“We couldn’t be prouder of the work that has been put in by the Dick Johnson Racing team led by Ryan Story, alongside Chief Designer Perry Kapper and Lead Mechanic Mikey Flynn who have worked incredibly hard in recent months to make the project a reality.”

 

Bowen’s Report Card

The Gen3 will debut in 2023. Given the cars look reasonably close to production versions, I believe the motoring public will come to the party. Either way, we’re talking about a V8 fulled race series in 2023. Despite the worldwide electrification trend. Bring it on!