Roughly a week ago, NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Kurt Busch took his No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet SS Sprint Cup Car out for a few test laps on the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, while Australian V8 Supercars driver James Courtney did the same in a Holden VF Commodore Car of the Future prototype (aka Chevy SS) — on which all VF Commodores competing in the Australian V8 Supercar series this year are built on (hat tip to Matt B.). The two drivers then swapped rides and notes, and went out for a few more laps in each other’s cars.
The drivers’ impressions of each others’ race cars were rather eye-opening — as the Chevy SS NASCAR Cup Car, which has no mechanical relation to the actual production car by the same name, was able to speed away from the VF Commodore V8 Supercar on the straightaways, but the right-hand-drive V8 Supercar was able to catch up in the turns. Check out the drivers’ initial impressions:
And here’s some (rather long) onboard footage from the Cup Car:
Busch and Courtney swapped their rides to promote the upcoming Austin 400 — an event that will mark the first time that V8 Supercars will race in the United States — a first for Australian motorsport. The race will be laid out in a traditional three-day race weekend format May 17-19th on the newly-engineered 5.5km circuit that’s widely compared to Australia’s ultimate race track at Mount Panorama.