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Old 24 May 2020, 00:53 (Ref:3977980)   #31
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I'd rather forgive Australia for the underarm bowl than watch Electric Super Cars....
Thanks for proving my point. The fact that there would racing and it would be far cheaper with true engine parity will not be seen by fans as a plus. I bet that if it was the other way around, moving from electric to new fangled IC motors with lots of noise the reaction would be the same....why do we have to have all that noise. Electric racing cars might have saved Oran Park & Amaroo, we will never know but just maybe it might have.
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Old 24 May 2020, 10:15 (Ref:3978025)   #32
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I donít see the need to have electric power. Just keep the current engines or have something similar which are cost effective to build. As for the noise, call me old fashioned, but that for me is still part of the attraction of motorsport. Hearing an racing engine either in person or onboard and it does leave an impression, especially the hairs on the back of the neck. Yes we have lost a few tracks to housing and itís unfortunate, but then a new track is usually built not long after
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Old 24 May 2020, 10:34 (Ref:3978029)   #33
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I'm not trying to knock, or attack. The fact that image exists (amongst many) is because of the resistance to change that exists in many areas of life.
A lot of people push back at change, whether that is in the workplace, technology, leisure, sport etc....
Why do we do that? One reason is fear. Another is the reluctance to move from what we are comfortable with.

Underlying this reaction is quite often the fact that we simply don't know what the alternative is like. We have no experience to draw on, so no real comprehension of how good or bad it may be compared to what we already know.

Quite often, those resistant to a change are called 'dinosaurs'. This is typically from someone who hasn't experienced the previous version(s) of the subject matter, so don't have the prior comfort of understanding the pros and cons.

This is seen across a lot of threads in this forum currently.

But, change is good. Moving to something new allows you to learn from, and eliminate the weaknesses of what went in the past. Everything we like about what we have/had, was at some time a change. That change was probably resisted with just as much passion.

The worst thing we can do (IMO) is to accept what is now as being what will survive. If we like what works in 2020, it will inevitably start to lose its appeal over time for others, as things around it move on.

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Old 24 May 2020, 11:59 (Ref:3978055)   #34
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It always strikes me as somewhat odd that a lot of people think that what they are used to will continue indefinitely and never change. Does anyone here think that SC will be the same in 50 years? of course it won't be and won't even exist.
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Old 24 May 2020, 15:51 (Ref:3978084)   #35
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Can confirm!

I am entirely used to the lower-pitched sound of the hybrid turbo V6s in Formula One, though watching any old V10 or V8 races remains a shock to the system... I had forgotten they used to sound like that!

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Does anyone here think that SC will be the same in 50 years? of course it won't be and won't even exist.
In that case, should Supercars be an anachronistic retro series reliving the essence of the 1960's and 1970's and milking that for all it's worth, until such time as the (typically older) fanbase dies off?

To keep Holden fans happy should the ZB Commodore be replaced by the VZ Monaro -- with a battle of retro muscle cars, South Australia's finest Monaro (albeit designed in Victoria) vs Michigan's finest Mustang.
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Old 5 Jun 2020, 14:59 (Ref:3980346)   #36
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Some ideas for the category engine...

Maybe Supercars could dust-off the 5.0 Repco-Brabham engine (I never knew there was such a thing!):



Or something from a manufacturer that stills exists, the 4.0 Judd DB (an 8-cylinder derivative of the Judd V10):



670bhp @ 10,000rpm, worth it for the sound alone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1DQ9f_VEAg

I'm not sure that going to a gear-driven quad cam racing engine would cut costs, but you never know!
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Some ideas for the category engine...

Maybe Supercars could dust-off the 5.0 Repco-Brabham engine (I never knew there was such a thing!):
There certainly was. We've had a hillclimb car running one for many years. Possibly the best sounding car I have ever come across. Glorious.
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Old 6 Jun 2020, 01:00 (Ref:3980407)   #38
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Or how about this for the category engine, who needs eight throttles when you could just have one oval-shaped whopper of a throttle body! :P



625 bhp @ 7900rpm on E85 (max 8200rpm), 12:1 compression, variable valve timing

A modern road-relevant engine similar to the real Mustang GT, and it sounds great... All for a fraction of the cost of the current $150,000 abstractions?

A reasonable $2500 for the Ford Performance Cobra Jet manifold is probably, what, 1/5th the cost of the current intake manifold setups?

Existing Ford BOSS engine:
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Old 6 Jun 2020, 03:06 (Ref:3980412)   #39
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This is where the whole 5/6/7 litre generic motor idea needs to be done away with. The notion that manufacturers from Europe or Asia will b******ise their cars to run a specific motor that has no relationship to the car being raced is fanciful at best and without those sort of cars there is no future for the category but then those cars don't fit the category philosophy anyway.

NASCAR enticed Toyota and no one has followed them on the same path or maybe it was Toyota who were the instigators but it has not enticed other manufacturers to actually race. Unfortunately the recipe for SC went down the same gurglar so to speak as domestic production of the cars that made the recipe. NASCAR in years to come will face the same problem, indeed it is most probably facing it right now with the recent Ford anouncements.

Couple all that with Archer's declaration of getting out, the media rights issues yet to be dealt with and sadly the future does not look rosy at all and there will be a lot of people affected by it unless a new category can be found but more likely invented. Maybe they just use old body silohuettes and carry on but even that has a limited end of use date as fans lose interest. My crystal ball says five years maximum if they do that.

Edit, why the forum blanks out a word in the Oxford dictionery beats me.
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Some ideas for the category engine...

Maybe Supercars could dust-off the 5.0 Repco-Brabham engine (I never knew there was such a thing!):


I realise I'm possibly going to come across as rude, but were you not aware of the exploits of Jack Brabham in his Repco-Brabham F1 car?

Also, thats a fine machine that Repco V8 is in, the Matich SR4.

As for the sound, it is and was fantastic. The Volvo V8 in Supercar spec was very similar in note.
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The category has gotten progressively more expensive and the racing less interesting the more control items have been added

So letís go another step and have control engines, thatíll fix things....
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Repco did a lot of odd stuff back then, even a head for the B20 Volvo and one complete car https://primotipo.com/2015/06/26/rep...hi-power-head/
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I realise I'm possibly going to come across as rude, but were you not aware of the exploits of Jack Brabham in his Repco-Brabham F1 car?
Of course! To F1's 3.0L regulation, not a stomping 5.0.
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Of course! To F1's 3.0L regulation, not a stomping 5.0.
Is that a 5 litre and where is is quoted as such?
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This is where the whole 5/6/7 litre generic motor idea needs to be done away with. The notion that manufacturers from Europe or Asia will b******ise their cars to run a specific motor that has no relationship to the car being raced is fanciful at best and without those sort of cars there is no future for the category but then those cars don't fit the category philosophy anyway.
Thinking that any major manufacturer will join a class that is not electric or at least hybridized is fanciful as well, though, and even hybrids will just be a stopgap solution for a few seasons.

One answer to that situation is to run the type of power units that manufacturers demand, but I think series like SC are better off going their own way without manufacturer involvement.
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