- Shakedown follows extensive 10-month design and development program undertaken by Triple Eight Race Engineering in conjunction with GM Holden
- The new, next-gen Commodore Supercar is the 16th model to carry the most successful nameplate in Australian motor racing history
Holden’s exciting new next-generation Commodore Supercar has broken cover for the first time. The next-gen Commodore racecar, with its sleek hatchback styling and advanced aerodynamic competition package, hit the track at the Norwell Motorplex on the Gold Coast yesterday, completing a 60km shakedown.
The shakedown followed a secret ten-month computer-aided design, development, and build program undertaken by Triple Eight Race Engineering in conjunction with GM Holden. The development program included advanced simulation and aerodynamic evaluation using sophisticated Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) modeling to adapt Holden’s state-of-the-art next-gen Commodore for competition.
Triple Eight Managing Director, Roland Dane, said that the development has not been without its challenges: “The overall look of the car is quite different from anything we’ve had before, so it’s been a big but exciting task, and we’re relishing the opportunity to get on track to see how we’ve done.
“The team’s had to work incredibly hard this year in order to compete on track with the current VF Commodore, but also work flat out on the new car. By the time we get to the end of this year, the development process will have taken up about 20,000 hours.
“We are very privileged to have been given the responsibility for developing and producing the new Commodore as a race car. We’re excited to see the results of the work that we’ve been carrying out.”
Six-time Supercars Champion Jamie Whincup drove the new Commodore under the watchful eye of Triple Eight engineers and mechanics, and provided positive feedback.
“The team’s been burning the midnight oil behind the scenes for this moment when we finally get to bring the brand new Commodore to the track and test it for the first time,” he said.
“So far it feels fantastic. The work that they’ve done behind the scenes to this point, in my opinion we’re 99 per cent there. There’s just some fine-tuning that’s got to go on in the next few weeks and the next few months until we unleash the full version in 2018.”
The new car carried a camouflage testing livery created by GM Design Australia’s Tom Grech, under the guidance of Peter Hughes, GM Design Australia’s Exterior Manager. The next-gen Commodore is the 16th model to carry the iconic Commodore nameplate, taking the place of the VF, which is the most successful model in history with 104 championship race wins.
Holden’s Executive Director – Marketing, Mark Harland, said: “There’s been a long line of successful Commodores on the racetrack and we’ve no doubt the new car will continue that tradition.
“Triple Eight have done an amazing job of adapting the road car to the race-ready Supercar. It looks terrific and I can’t wait to see it in our drivers’ hands next year.”
The development program began in November last year and will continue through to the remainder of 2017 as further testing is carried out in accordance with championship regulations. Triple Eight will conduct three full test days before the aero package is finalised and the car is homologated for its competition debut at the Adelaide 500 next March, coinciding with the Commodore road car’s early 2018 public release.