V8 Super Cars
The V8 Supercars Championship is an Australian touring car racing category that operates as an International Series under Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) rules. It is based on a series of races held at various circuits around Australia and New Zealand.
The V8 Supercars Championship began in 1997 as the Shell Championship Series and was replaced in 1999 by the V8 Supercars Australia series. The original series allowed various engine configurations, including V6 and V8. Holden and Ford were the first to compete in the category, with other manufacturers joining in later years. The category was renamed the V8 Supercars Championship in 2002, and it became a series for V8 racing supercars. The series has grown to become Australia's most popular form of motor racing, with a large and devoted fan base.
The championship is contested by teams and drivers worldwide, using cars built to a set of rules known as the Car of the Future (COTF). Since the COTF regulations in 2013, various control parts, such as transmission and suspension components, as well as the use of control tires, have been introduced.
V8 Supercars cars are generally based on production models like the Ford Falcon, Holden Commodore, and Nissan Altima. The V8 Supercar Championship, V8 Supercar Endurance Championship, and V8 Supercar Development Series are the three divisions of the series. The series has been running since 1997 and is Australia's longest-running motorsport. The series is known for its close racing, with world’s best supercars separated by only a few seconds during a race. Many of the series' drivers have become international racing stars, and the series continues to draw a large global audience.
The 2023 Repco Supercars Championship will feature the new Gen 3 Supercars vehicles in competition. The Gen3 V8 Supercars prototypes were unveiled at Bathurst in December 2021, and the cars had test runs at Queensland Raceway in early 2022. The Camaro and the Mustang completed more than 1,000 kilometers while being driven mainly by Triple Eight and DJR drivers.
The Gen3 cars are an improvement over the Gen2 models; however, they will resemble their road-going counterparts more. Several characteristics offered by the new Gen 3 Supercar models distinguish them from earlier variants. The new racing supercars include increased safety features while being lighter, faster, and more efficient than their forerunners. Some of these features include a redesigned aerodynamic design, an enhanced powertrain and chassis, and cutting-edge technology.
The Gen 3 Supercars models have an enhanced suspension system, new brakes, and a redesigned transmission to improve the powertrain and chassis further. These modifications make the ride more comfortable and improve the overall driving experience.
Various driver-assistance systems, like adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring, are among the latest technologies available in the new models. These systems may contribute to a safer and easier driving experience. The new racing supercars include cutting-edge infotainment systems like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. While driving, these systems let the drivers access their preferred music, navigation, and entertainment apps.