Following rigorous assessment and an additional validation process, Supercars and the homologation teams representing General Motors and Ford have agreed that the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang Supercars are formally homologated for racing, ahead of the Repco Supercars Championship opening round in Newcastle, Australia on March 10-12, 2023.
The announcement comes as a result of improved processes, robust scrutiny and procedures, and clear communication between manufacturers. The transition to the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang – as part of the Gen3 product plan – is the largest architectural change in the championship’s history and has required significant effort to ensure technical parity is maintained.
“As part of upholding the integrity of the championship, all parties will continue to work together to review data and the relative performance of our new vehicles,” said Supercars CEO Shane Howard. “This is a pre-requisite for the ongoing success of the category, which falls under the parity review system that has been in place for more than 20 years.
“The homologation teams, manufacturer representatives and Supercars worked in partnership to achieve this goal, resulting in over 2,200km of running undertaken across both brands during the VCAT validation testing last week. The Temora testing provided all parties with a high level of confidence, and we now look forward to the Thrifty Newcastle 500 this weekend with a completely reset and re-energized championship.”
“Our thanks go to Supercars and everyone involved for their commitment and effort in the Gen3 development process,” said Perry Kapper, chief designer of the Ford Mustang Gen3. “We will continue to work with Supercars throughout the year for any additional updates. The aerodynamic testing last week, and the adjustments made, give us confidence that we can go to the first event in Newcastle with our Ford Mustangs ready to fight.”
“During the entire VCAT validation at Temora, the two homologation teams and Supercars staff worked very well together, in an open and collaborative manner, to achieve the common goal,” explained Jeromy Moore, technical director of Triple Eight Race Engineering. “With over 70 runs and throughout the four days we have confidence we have come away with cars equal in measured downforce and drag. Now it’s time to go racing and may the best team win.”
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