What we know so far about the rules of Gen3 Supercars V8: How the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang will race in 2022 and beyond – Car News

The Supercars Championship will enter a new era in 2022 – in more ways than one. A new generation of cars will join the sport, and at the same time new ownership is expected to further change the way the series is run.

No more the venerable Holden and Commodore, who have raced in V8 Supercars and its predecessor, the Australian Touring Car Championship, since 1980. Instead, the Chevrolet Camaro will join the grid, as General Motors Specialty Vehicles (GMSV) looks to establish itself. as a substitute for Holden both on and off the track.

This is arguably the biggest change to the series since 1993, when regulators ditched global ‘Group A’ regulations in favor of the in-house V8-powered Commodores and Ford Falcons. There are some big ambitions for these new rules – cheaper cars, more relevant to what we can buy in showrooms and closer action on the track.

Here’s all the V8 Supercar headlines you need to know to get you up to speed with this new generation of cars.

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Why are they called Gen3 Supercars?

V8 Supercars started in 1997, taking over as the Australian Touring Car Championship but retaining the ‘Group 3A’ rules for Holdens and Ford’s 5.0 liter V8 powered. These same basic rules continued into 2012 when the sport introduced the ‘Cars of the Future’ – a new set of rules designed to save costs by adding more similarities between cars. In retrospect this became ‘Gen1’ and saw the introduction of new cars from Nissan (Altima), Volvo (S60) and Mercedes-AMG (E63).

Gen2 rules introduced in 2017 allowed a coupe body style (pave the way for the Mustang to replace the defunct Falcon) as well as the option of a turbocharged four or six-cylinder engine (though Holden tested the twin-turbo V6 the project was scrapped in favor of sticking with the 5.0-liter V8.

Gen3 rules were announced at the 2020 Bathurst 1000, with plans to try and open up the sport to new manufacturers and different types of cars after Holden’s shutdown and Ford reduced its racing involvement.

What cars will be racing in 2021?

The Mustang has returned to dominance in Australia’s top motorsport form in 2019.

The two cars confirmed for 2022 are the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang.

Although the Camaro is not sold in Australia, GMSV supports the introduction of the car, as it will help promote the Chevrolet brand when it introduces the Corvette and Silverado 1500 to the local market.

Most teams have already decided which car they will drive.

The Camaro is expected to be run by Triple Eight, Brad Jones Racing, Erebus Motorsport, Team 18, Team Sydney and Walkinshaw Andretti United.

The Mustang team will likely be Dick Johnson Racing, Grove Racing, Tickford Racing, Blanchard Racing Team, and Matt Stone Racing.

Will they be more like street cars?

Camaro and Mustang will use a common rear spoiler.  (Image credit: Nick Moss Designs) Camaro and Mustang will use a common rear spoiler. (Image credit: Nick Moss Designs)

Yes, that’s the plan. Supercars have listened to criticism that the car has become too far from its equivalent on the highway. In particular, the current Mustang has been labeled a ‘sports sedan’ because the body had to be awkwardly modified to fit on top of the mandated Gen2 roll-cage.

Gen3 rules call for cars that are lower and wider, to look better like the Camaro and Mustang you see with the license plate. The goal is for most of the panels on a race car to have a shape identical to that of a road car; although they will be constructed of composite materials to save costs.

While they will still have a large aerodynamic rear wing, both the Camaro and Mustang will now use the same wing. The idea is to save costs and reduce downforce by around 200kg, which should make the car more difficult to drive and help with overtaking. Overall Supercars aims to reduce downforce by more than 65 percent, which will help make the car look and drive more like a street car.

Will the Gen3 V8 Supercar be cheaper?

The Mustang will continue to race against the Commodore in 2022. The Mustang will continue to race against the Commodore in 2022.

They certainly hope so, but history has shown motorcycle racing series have a hard time saving money at the expense of going faster. For example, ‘Cars of the Future’ are meant to cut the cost of a car to about $250,000, but to build a car under current regulations, you’d need about $600,000.

Gen3’s goal is to cut it back down to $350,000, which is going to be tough. For starters, Gen2 cars cannot be converted to Gen3 specs, so all teams will have to start from scratch to build new cars. The long-term plan, however, is to use more control sections throughout the car, which would stop teams from trying to cash each other out in development wars; as is the case today with items such as uprights and dampers.

By using more spare parts, Supercars will also not only make each component cheaper but also last longer, which will cut service costs. One good example of this mindset shift is the axle change that fixes the wheels to the car. By reducing the size of the axle, the team will be able to switch from expensive pneumatic rattle guns to cheaper electric rattle guns for removing wheels during pit stops. The stated goal is to reduce operational costs by up to 40 percent for the team.

What machines will they use?

The Camaros will house a 5.7-liter V8.  (Image credit: Nick Moss Designs) The Camaros will house a 5.7-liter V8. (Image credit: Nick Moss Designs)

The V8 Supercar’s engine specifications are undergoing the biggest change, after nearly 30 years of using a 5.0 liter V8, the sport will introduce a new engine for 2022. The Camaros will be powered by a 5.7 liter Chevrolet V8, and the Mustang will use a Ford 5.4 liter V8.

The engines will be based on ‘crate motors’ utilizing commonly available parts from the US auto giant that will help keep costs down but have been adapted to the series’ needs for certain V8 Supercar engines.

The Chevrolet unit has already begun on-track testing with the TA2 race car, with Triple Eight drivers Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen cutting the laps.

Ford also has an edge with the Coyote-based engine, as it’s based on the same engine found on the rear of the Brabham BT62 and made by the same company that has provided all of DJR’s engines during its recent dominant run, Mostech Race Engines.

The target is to cut power from about 485kW (650hp) to around 447kW (600hp) to slow down the car and reduce strain on the engine to save money.

Even though they have different capacities, the plan is to equalize them in order to be able to compete tightly. If that can’t be done by local manufacturers, Supercars said it will call on racing specialist Ilmor, who has a wealth of experience building NASCAR and Indycar engines, to strike a balance at its US facilities.

Will Supercars Gen3 introduce a hybrid?

Not yet, but organizers say regulations have been written to accommodate future hybrid powertrains as more automakers shift to electrified models.

The hybrid system will likely be an ‘off-the-shelf’ system from a specialist racing supplier, rather than relying on teams to develop their own expensive hybrid powertrain.

Will they use a paddle-shift gearbox?

Supercar drivers are not happy with the paddle-shifter gearbox that will be released next season. Supercar drivers are not happy with the paddle-shifter gearbox that will be released next season.

Yes, despite protests from drivers, the sport looks set to swap its sequential shift lever for a paddle shifter mounted on the steering wheel. While drivers aren’t happy, the move will make the car easier to drive, Supercars and some team owners believe the introduction of paddle-shifts and ‘auto-blip’ for bottom changes will reduce the risk of engine damage, thereby saving money.

Will any new manufacturers join?

So far, only the Camaro and Mustang will line up on the Gen3 grid. So far, only the Camaro and Mustang will line up on the Gen3 grid.

Supercars is confident that a third manufacturer will join in, and has even hinted it will be a European brand. But, as we’ve previously reported, no candidate has emerged to acknowledge interest in racing against Chevrolet and Ford.

When will Gen3 cars debut?

Due to a number of delays, some caused by the pandemic, Supercars has decided to postpone the introduction of the Gen3 cars until the middle of the 2022 season. They are scheduled to debut at the Sydney Motorsport Park race in August.

Supercars hopes to have its first prototype built in October to begin testing. That will allow the specifications to be signed in early 2022, allowing the team to begin construction and individual testing prior to its debut.

Are V8 Supercar drivers happy with the Gen3?

The Chevrolet Camaro will replace the Holden ZB Commodore midway through the 2022 season. The Chevrolet Camaro will replace the Holden ZB Commodore midway through the 2022 season.

So far drivers have been publicly positive about most of the changes, with the clear exception of the paddle-shifters; which is almost universally disliked. The hope for most teams is that the new car will allow for a reset of the competitive landscape, and since the drivers are competitive, they all believe they will do the best job possible.

Who owns the Supercars?

At the time of publication, the company that controls the sport is owned by Archer Capital, but the company is in the process of selling its stake in search of a new owner.

Current bidders for the sport include the Australian Racing Group (owner/promoter of TCR Australia, S5000, Touring Car Masters and GT World Challenge), a consortium fronted by Boost Mobile owner Peter Adderton and backed by News Corp’s rugby league club Brisbane Broncos and a consortium led by former racer Mark Skaife with talent agency TLA Worldwide.

This process is expected to be completed by the end of the year, which will put the new owners in charge of introducing Gen3 in 2022.

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