With the Chevrolet Camaro nearly ready for sale in Australia, Holden Special Vehicles and parent company Walkinshaw has another decision at hand: will the Camaro enter the Supercars grid for 2020?
A decision will be made by the end of the year, SpeedCafe reported, but Walkinshaw and HSV have already begun researching how a Camaro would suit its racing program. The possibility of a Camaro Supercar gained traction after Ford announced the Mustang would replace the Falcon sedan as its Supercar racer.
HSV admitted there are major marketing benefits to running a Camaro over a ZB Commodore.
“There are some marketing benefits potentially for running a Camaro, previously just having a Camaro here running against a Commodore and an old Falcon that was not even sold anymore and an Altima; that wouldn’t have interested is at all,” Walkinshaw said.
Technical director Carl Faux has been looking into the engineering and cost behind such a program. Right now, the team is focused on whether a Camaro’s two-door body would fit onto the Supercars chassis. The Ford Mustang is the first two-door car to be homologated for the series ever.
Walkinshaw didn’t give up many details, but the company did say the internal study has been “pretty good” thus far.
Should the Camaro be cleared for racing, the Supercar would likely debut for the 2020 season as HSV and Walkinshaw need a year to fully develop the racer.