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Old 22 Jan 2023, 19:13 (Ref:4140935)   #1201
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Is there a chance that some teams could miss the first race due to a lack of parts?
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Old 23 Jan 2023, 09:14 (Ref:4140987)   #1202
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Is there a chance that some teams could miss the first race due to a lack of parts?
You would like to think not, but it is veeeeerrrrryyyyy late in proceedings

A car can turn up in Newcastle, the risk is if it gets scratched, do the teams have the parts first up, and does the modular assembly do the job it was designed to do.. or will cars get parked..

I look at it a few ways. The King of Erebus made a few remarks about some teams showing off a partially completed car.. and making a hulabaloo about it, while the 'Erebus Way' is to 'tell the truth' and talk about 'real talk'

The TBR Cooldrive car was in the media all over the place, because NOBODY else is saying ANYTHING!

BJR is sharing their manufacturing processes on FB.. and its creating something...

But this is the biggest change to Supercar since the departure of the Black WIggle, and nobody is talking about it. Good or bad.

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Old 23 Jan 2023, 11:05 (Ref:4140998)   #1203
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You can’t buy a Camaro in real life! Walkinshaw stopped producing them in 2020, they’re just as old as the so-called “old ZB Commodore”!
Likewise you couldn't buy a Camaro when Big Rev Kev rolled one, nor Sierras, Fox-body Mustangs, turbo Bluebirds or many other cars people look back on wistfully now, so it's not exactly new.

ATCC/Supercars has been through various eras and you could potentially say it has a huge heritage in overseas metal that isn't really market relevant.
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Old 23 Jan 2023, 14:16 (Ref:4141005)   #1204
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The TBR Cooldrive car was in the media all over the place, because NOBODY else is saying ANYTHING!

BJR is sharing their manufacturing processes on FB.. and its creating something...

But this is the biggest change to Supercar since the departure of the Black WIggle, and nobody is talking about it. Good or bad.

Madness
Guess it's all part of the modern world where people expect 24 hour news on every subject. It's not that long ago where you would hear nothing from any race series from the end of the last race weekend to the start of the first.

Erebus have posted about the issues they are facing with pictures of the cars. Penrite have posted videos about where they are at. Those were just the first two I looked for. I expect there are other updates.
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Old 23 Jan 2023, 21:55 (Ref:4141053)   #1205
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Is there a chance that some teams could miss the first race due to a lack of parts?
I think they will do anything and everything to make it. They turfed the in-car roll bar adjustment due to supply/time issues recently which gives you some insight into their desperation.

Like GTR said, it's the second race, when spare parts are needed that will be the real problem.

Gen3 will be the death of "Supercars" and I welcome it with open arms - obviously not enough changed with new ownership to get rid of old attitudes and practices. Top tier motorsport in Australia needs a freshen up
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Old 24 Jan 2023, 03:38 (Ref:4141074)   #1206
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ATCC/Supercars has been through various eras and you could potentially say it has a huge heritage in overseas metal that isn't really market relevant.
So why not prioritise homologating the Nissan Z, Toyota Supra and/or BMW M850i?
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So why not prioritise homologating the Nissan Z, Toyota Supra and/or BMW M850i?
Maybe the manufacturers concerned are not currently interested? BMW was being mentioned in connection to WAU at one stage but it didn't seem to get very far. Of course the Supra and Z are both 2 seaters so not sure if they'd be eligible in any case.
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Maybe the manufacturers concerned are not currently interested?
Isn't Ford the only manufacturer interested? It doesn't seem to be a green light to receive the most favourable treatment, with Ford Performance currently feeling they need to be very vigilant to avoid unfavourable outcomes in the paritising process.

If Supercars are willing to homologate the Camaro at their own expense according to rumours, why not do the same for Nissan who supported the category for many years recently?

Otherwise, with only token Chevrolet Racing interest, a Ford Mustang Cup would likely have been best.

As you say Supercars has fallen to a point where it is not of much interest to manufacturers anymore, with only Ford Performance interest, that's why Supercars needs to take the initiative to attract the manufacturers!

Look at the initiative ACO have taken to bolster the existing roster of Toyota + token Alpine (sound familiar?), and the huge dividends that has paid! Look at the huge variety of manufacturers the BTCC has achieved on the grid, due to the initiative they have taken by making it simple for even a private team to add a new manufacturer.


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Of course the Supra and Z are both 2 seaters so not sure if they'd be eligible in any case.
Banning the Z and Supra for not having rear seats, when the Mustang and Camaro are direct market rivals to them which only have notional rear seats in any case, would be the most ridiculous rule in the world.

It would be no wonder that manufacturers would not be interested if they are made to jump through hoops like only being allowed to use the Lexus RC and Infiniti Q60 four seaters and prohibited from using the Supra and Z. Notwithstanding that just like the Chevrolet Camaro, the Infiniti Q60 is not sold in Australia any more.

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We're not going to get multiple makes in the series, but that won't matter. As long as we have at least two. Nice Ford are still going, but for how long? I don't think we really need that many manufacturers anyway

There will always be plenty of interest in LM, but that's more world stage. And the BTCC is a completely different beast. The manufacturers are more attracted by the rules there. But for V8 Supercars it's unique. They do things their way and it's no bad thing. We don't need multiple makes as I said. Just two or three, as plenty can run them.
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Banning the Z and Supra for not having rear seats, when the Mustang and Camaro are direct market rivals to them which only have notional rear seats in any case, would be the most ridiculous rule in the world.
Except that it's not the most ridiculous rule - it is a very long-standing touring car requirement to have 4 seats (even if the rears ARE pretty small).

Not sure that it still applies to Supercars though, hence my comment written the way it was.

Oh, and IF it transpires that 4 seats are required, the 2 seat cars haven't been "banned" - they simply don't comply to the current rules.
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We're not going to get multiple makes in the series, but that won't matter. As long as we have at least two. Nice Ford are still going, but for how long? I don't think we really need that many manufacturers anyway
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Oh, and IF it transpires that 4 seats are required, the 2 seat cars haven't been "banned" - they simply don't comply to the current rules.
Surely having European and Asian manufacturers on the grid is very, very important?

Especially when American auto manufacturers, especially Chevrolet which many view as distinct from Holden for whatever reason, are a very, very minor component of the Australian automotive landscape.
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As it stands both Ford and Supercars are remaining tight-lipped on the outcome of the test, with plans to release a public statement later this week.

Motorsport.com understands that all parties were satisfied with the data collated from the test, however that doesn't necessarily mean peace over parity between Ford and Supercars has been declared.

It is also thought that no firm decision over whether more runway testing, similar to that used for the VCAT aero homologation testing, will be required before the cars are formally homologated has been made.

There have been concerns over parity from the Ford side since the seventh-generation version of the Mustang Supercar was launched at the Bathurst 1000 last October.


There have been reports of the Camaro being significantly quicker in a straight line, with the VCAT that took place in November doing little to ease Ford's concerns.
- Andrew van Leeuwen, Motorsport.com, 24 Jan 2023
https://www.motorsport.com/v8superca...test/10423948/

What a mess!!!

The lack of wind tunnel testing to ensure drag and downforce numbers are spot on (like LMH/LMDh, GT3, TCR or even the humble BTCC use) is really quite ridiculous.

That Supercars are seemingly doing little to ensure their only committed manufacturer, Ford Performance, are 100% happy and have everything they want is very concerning.

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https://www.speedcafe.com/2023/01/25...c-gen3-builds/

So much so that Ford Performance have felt the need to send engine and aerodynamics specialists from the USA to monitor the homologation process, such is their lack of confidence in their vehicle not being disadvantaged.

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