Holden Special Vehicles, part of the Walkinshaw Group, will soon have a new home. WhichCar reports Walkinshaw has signed a 15-year lease for an even larger factory and warehouse facility. Clearly, Walkinshaw sees room to grow.
Other than HSV, Walkinshaw handles Australian distribution for Indian car maker Tata and most recently initiated a joint venture with New Age Caravans for camping products. Walkinshaw also currently manages Holden Racing Team, which will soon become Walkinshaw Racing, as Holden hands over HRT duties to Triple Eight for future V8 Supercar endeavors.
The new facility sits quite close to HSV’s current operations in Clayton, where the final iteration of locally-produced Holden Commodore-based HSVs will be assembled. On the shortlist is a reborn GTS-R nameplate, but HSV aims to send the VF Commodore out with a bang when it reveals the HSV GTS-R W1, its 6.2-liter LS9 supercharged V8 powered machine.
The future of HSV remains a tad unclear, with recent reports stating an official contract between Holden and HSV has yet to be inked. However, HSV has gone on record to say it supports engineering and creating hotter Holdens, despite being imported from around the world.