General Motors recently confirmed that it would go ahead with the proposed plan to launch the new GMSV (General Motors Special Vehicles) venture in Australia. This new subsidiary will see GM ship certain specialized vehicles to Australia for local consumption in limited quantities, such as the Chevrolet Silverado and Corvette.
GMSV will work with longtime GM partner Walkinshaw Group to convert certain North American-spec GM vehicles to right-hand-drive when they arrive in Oz. Walkinshaw Group was also responsible for the Holden Special Vehicles performance venture and managed the automaker’s factory racing programs in Australia, but that doesn’t mean GMSV has any intention on going racing.
Australian publication AutoAction recently spoke to a GMSV insider who said that motorsports activities are “very low” on its list of priorities at the moment. That may be bad news for the Supercars series, which is currently trying to convince GM to remain in the championship once the Holden brand departs at the end of 2021. It was previously thought GM may decide to go ahead with racing the Chevrolet Camaro body in the series once GMSV was established, or perhaps another car like a Cadillac, but this no longer seems likely.
HSV didn’t have anything to say on the matter when approached by AutoAction, with a representative saying that GM itself is handling all the marketing for GMSV, which motorsports will fall under.
One way Australian GM fans may be able to see the automaker race in the country is via the global GT3 formula. With the GTE/GTLM category shrinking, GM is rumored to be looking at converting its GTE-spec Corvette C8.R to a GT3 car. These are the machines that race in the top class at the Bathurst 12 Hour endurance race -which is quickly becoming one of the most popular sports car racing events on the calendar. It’s not clear if GM plans to convert the C8.R to a GT3, though it has said previously that this would be a difficult task.