The roll out of Gen3 has once again been delayed by the Supercars administration. Making the announcement yesterday, the roll out now appears to become a thorn in the side of the Supercar category.
The targeted 2022 timing of Gen3 was difficult to achieve given the COVID-19 pandemic however making the coronavirus the only reason for the delay is simply not true. The reality is the current spec of Supercar has been around since 2013 and Gen 3 has been in the pipeline for a considerable amount of time. The 6-cylinder engine of 2017 Gen 2 rules were never adopted and here we find ourselves in 2021 and no sign of a new generation of Supercar till at least 2023.
On top of all of this is the elephant in the room, the retool and rebuild of a completely new car. It is a tough gig to base the next generation of GM vehicle on the Camaro given GM’s lack of commitment to the platform beyond 2026. To make matters worse, it’s uptake in Australia is by virtue of a disjointed supply chain and limited dealer network. While the Mustang is a far easier car to source via a Ford Dealer Network its’ sales in Australia are falling dramatically. It does not seem viable investing in a complete retool (new chassis, new body, new motor) for these cars if their future in Australia is clouded.
With the new TLA/ARG alliance about to purchase the category, perhaps a more cost effective, quicker path needs to be engaged. In May of 2018 I wrote an article suggesting the new direction Supercars should take, you can read the article here -> https://nitronicksgarage.blogspot.com/2018/05/supercars-have-we-gone-full-circle.html
In short, I suggested they take the TA2 path. Even back then there were good examples of these cars already here in Australia. They represent a good low-cost point as the driveline is a slightly “dumbed down” version of a traditional Supercar. Their supply ex USA is abundant and while the local Supercar market that T8 and DJR current supply to would be affected, there is no reason they could not eventually commence supplying these cars and components in the not-so-distant future.
The future of the sport is seriously at the crossroads. Over the years the sport has faced several challenges like the 1996 split between the Australian Racing Drivers Club and AVESCO/TEGA for the Bathurst 1000 rights. I would suggest the next 12 months is arguably an even larger challenge. In the cost sensitive world we currently operate in, a sensible proven approach is what is required now and the TA2 model is a practical resolution to this challenge.
Nick Dicembre – Founder Torque n Power
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