V8 Supercars fans may get a taste of a future minus V8 engines at the 2018 Bathurst 1000. Holden and Triple Eight announced plans to run its new 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 engine at the race next year if all goes according to plan.
The twin-turbo V6-powered Supercar will be a wildcard entry and the team’s fourth car on the grid if Matt Campbell will be available to pilot the car. Campbell won’t be available for the full three-event endurance series, but his schedule is reportedly clear on the first weekend in October, Fox Sports reported on Monday.
The 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 is a far cry from the massive V8 engines fans are used to, but it certainly doesn’t sound bad. Just different. Red Bull Holden Racing Team has released video of the engine testing in the team’s Sandman supercar, and it surely won’t disappoint on the track.
Originally, the new engine was slated for a debut alongside the ZB Commodore Supercar when Supercars switches over to its new powertrain regulations in 2019, but the wildcard entry will prove very interesting to see how it competes with the multitude of home-grown Commodores and Falcons.