General Motors’ Australian subsidiary will show off a future Holden Supercar at the Bathurst 1000 in a few short weeks. However, this won’t be a physical concept in the traditional form
Australia’s Carsales reported Thursday it will instead be a digital concept. The car will virtually lap Mount Panorama in a video this October and shows off what a future Holden Supercar could look like. At the project’s helm is none other than Richard Ferlazzo, GM Australia Design head. Ferlazzo is perhaps best known for the Holden Efijy concept, which molded retro design with modern engineering. The concept made a global splash when it debuted in 2005.
According to the report, the futuristic Holden Supercar is meant to showcase future technology. It will not, however, directly foreshadow a ZB Commodore replacement, which Holden currently races in the Supercar series. What is exciting, however, is the fact the digital concept will be a bespoke design and not relate itself to any other GM vehicle. The design exercise should flex GM Australia’s creative chops, considering all new Holden models are imported and relate to other GM cars around the world.
GM Australia Design has a pedigree for building wonderful-looking cars, too. The design studio headed up such projects as the Buick Avenir show car, Chevrolet Bolt concept, Opel GT and more.
In Supercars, Holden has affirmed its commitment to the motorsport and plans to continue running the ZB Commodore. However, the brand canned a move to a twin-turbo V6 engine and will continue to run the racer’s current 5.0-liter V8 engine. The Commodore will face fresh competition from Ford, too, as the Blue Oval announced the Ford Mustang will serve as its next Supercar racer.
The Mustang’s entrance into the motorsport has opened up the possibility of Holden Special Vehicles running its own Supercar in the near future: the Chevrolet Camaro.