Walkinshaw Andretti United and Chevrolet delayed development of the new Camaro body for the Australian Supercars series as the vehicle could not be properly modified to adhere to the series’ regulations.
Ford, meanwhile, decided to press forward with its Mustang body for the series, fitting a Mustang-shaped body over the Supercars’ sedan-shaped control chassis. This, not surprisingly, has resulted in an awkward-looking Mustang race car that doesn’t really resemble its road-going counterpart.
Walkinshaw considered doing the same with the Camaro, but the Chevy’s raked windshield and narrow side and rear windows made it pretty much impossible. This hasn’t stopped Australian fans from demanding the muscle car be included in the race series though – a potentially good sign for the future of General Motors‘ performance car business down under.
“I get stopped 20 times a day by the fans saying ‘get the Camaro in’,” Ryan Walkinshaw, team boss at Walkinshaw Andretti United, said in a recent podcast interview. “You can tell there’s a real pent up passion for the people to have that racing against the Mustang.”
The problem for the Camaro relates to the series’ minimum mandated roll cage height, which was set when manufacturers were racing sedans only. In order for the team to build a proper Camaro body, the rules would have to change to allow for roll cages that are around 50-80mm lower.
“The profile of the Camaro is different to the Mustang, the side windows, and the roof height is slightly different,” he explained. “The body shape just doesn’t fit.”
“It’s shockingly bad,” he added. “So there’s no way we would do it with the current roll cage.”
Walkinshaw is currently in talks with the series about making a concession for the car, although it’s believed that implementing such a drastic measure won’t be easy, as having a lower roof height would give the Camaro an advantage over the Mustang with regard to the center of gravity.