With the end of Holden and Ford manufacturing, Australia’s banner V8 Supercars series is in for some major changes. Notably, V8 engines will become increasingly absent in the coming seasons since, well, the new Commodore and Mondeo don’t house V8 engines.
However, Holden won’t go soft. Its all-new Supercar will feature a twin-turbo V6 engine for the 2019 season and it’s begun testing the engine ahead of that date. While it won’t replace the snorting sound of a V8 engine, the twin-turbo V6 still sounds pretty darn intense as it rips around the Mount Panorama circuit.
Four-time Bathurst champion Greg Murphy drove the prototype engine, which Holden fitted to its Triple Eight Project Sandman, and the testing confirms the Supercar series will still be mighty interesting to watch come 2019. In fact, the 2018 Holden ZB Commodore will still boast a V8 engine for the 2018 season, but only to meet current regulations. That’s interesting because the ZB Commodore is essentially a re-badged Opel Insignia/Buick Regal… with a V8 engine.
Holden will potentially run a twin-turbo V6-powered car as a wildcard entry at some V8 Supercar races next season and it will be interesting to see how it performs.