The new Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang Supercars make their racing debuts

The future of the Australian Repco Supercars Championship has been officially revealed with the debut of the new Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro Gen3 Supercars ahead of the iconic Bathurst 1000 race on Mount Panorama in New South Wales.

Significantly, the new race car prototypes visually look much more like their road counterparts than was previously possible with the current Gen2 rules. Fortunately, both brands will retain the characteristic V8 sound of the Supercar championship. And as you can see in the videos below, what a sound it is. Dick Johnson Racing was responsible for development of the Mustang, while Triple Eight Race Engineering handled the Camaro.

Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro Gen3 Supercars: The Details

If their proportions resemble those of the touring car, you are not mistaken. Unlike the current Ford Mustang Supercar, the new Gen3 car will feature the same key dimensions – including roofline, hood, doors and windows – as the current iteration of the S550 Mustang available to consumers.

“There’s no doubt when you look at the Mustang GT Gen3 Supercar that it’s a Mustang,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports. “It looks absolutely like the part, which was a priority for us in the design and development phase of this vehicle. The fact that it is powered by a production-based Ford engine is the icing on the cake. .

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The Chevrolet Camaro Gen3 car is the first of its kind and will replace the hugely successful championship-leading Holden Commodore ZB race car. Holden has been an ever-present dominant force since the inception of the Australian Touring Car Championship. Holden won 588 races and 21 drivers’ titles, and earned a record 34 victories at Bathurst. But in 2023, Chevrolet will take over as the championship progresses. Because GM removed the historic brand in its home market.

The Gen3 Chevrolet Camaro race car is rumored to race until 2026, three years after the production car it’s based on was put to pasture.

Chevrolet Camaro Gen3 Gen 3 Supercars Race Car Repco SS ZL1 1LE GMSV HSV

“It took close collaboration between key partners to make this a reality, including the Triple Eight Race Engineering team; KRE Engines, in conjunction with our Propulsion, Performance and Racing Center; the Gen3 Supercars Steering Committee as well as the designers who were responsible for the production of the Camaro and other global Camaro racing programs,” said Jim Campbell Chevrolet, Vice President of Motorsports and Performance Vehicles.

With the Gen3 ruleset, the Repco Supercars Championship will transition from the traditional 5.0-liter V8 engine configuration to one that more closely reflects the DNA of each respective vehicle.

Ford Mustang Gen3 Gen 3 Supercars Supercar Race car

Ford’s Gen3 engine will be a Coyote-based 5.4-liter DOHC V8 with four valves per cylinder, similar to the Mustang GT’s current Coyote engine. The Chevrolet Gen3 engine is a 5.7-liter pushrod V8 with two valves per cylinder, similar to the LT1 offered in the current Camaro SS, but a half-liter smaller in displacement.

So not only will the cars look more like their road counterparts, but they now also feature more road car content under the hood. This should not only make things more attractive from a fan perspective, but will also serve to reduce costs for teams, which is always good for the long-term health of any motorsport series.

Ford Mustang Gen3 Gen 3 V8 Supercars Australia

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