The 2023 Australian Supercars season has been a great one for drivers behind the wheel of a Chevy Camaro race car, as The Bow Tie has been absolutely dominant in every race thus far. In fact, last weekend at Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex in Darwin, Australia, Chevy swept all races on June 16th through 18th, absolutely obliterating the other manufacturers on track. Chevy’s stateside crosstown rival, Ford, has certainly taken notice, and The Blue Oval isn’t happy, according to a recent report from Motorsport.
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In Darwin, Chevy race cars accounted for eight of the nine podium slots across three races. The second main event saw Camaros sweep the top nine finishing positions, led by Broc Feeney’s No. 88 Camaro ZL1. Feeney captured the pole, proving his race car was fast before he even took the checkered flag. Meanwhile, the third race had Camaros finish first through fifth, with Jack Le Brocq taking the No. 34 Camaro to Victory Lane for his second career win.
However, it’s been evident throughout the season that the Chevy Camaros have a clear advantage in the Australian Supercars series, particularly when compared to their Ford Mustang equivalents. To start, the Chevys don’t seem to suffer from rear tire falloff like the Fords tend to, while the Camaros appear to be far more agile when it comes to aerodynamics and engine performance. Simply put, the Chevrolet 5.7L V8 engine in the Camaros noticeably outperforms the Ford 5.4L V8 engine in the Mustangs.
Cam Waters, a Ford driver who suffered a mechanical issue at Darwin, commented on the issue.
“I guess all year, and even in the early testing, you could see [the Camaros] have got more rear [grip] and a bigger margin to work in,” he said. Of his team and the other Fords, he added, “We’re struggling.”