Despite months of testing and development, Holden has decided to ditch the turbo V6 engine for an undetermined period of time
Holden’s plans to race the new ZB Commodore with a new twin turbo V6 in the Supercars series have been shelved for an indefinite period of time.
Supercars reports that the new turbo V6 was developed by GM throughout 2017 and tested by Triple 888 in their Sandman race car. The engine was meant to serve as a wildcard entry in 2018, and a replacement for the tried and test 5.0 litre Chevrolet sourced V8 in 2019. This, fortunately or unfortunately is no longer going to happen.
“At Holden we are always assessing the motorsport landscape,” he said.
“After working closely with all Holden teams we have decided to put a hold on the development of the V6 Supercars engine.
“We are 100 percent committed to motorsport and our sponsorship of the Red Bull Holden Racing Team and supporting all Holden teams in both the Supercars and SuperUte paddock.
“This is thanks to the monumental effort Holden and Triple Eight have put into engineering and developing the Holden Supercar and we remain committed to that advancement of motorsport engineering in what is one of the most technically advanced motorsport categories in the world.
“We’re excited to see how the all-new Commodore supercar is performing on the track and the interest the road car is getting in our showrooms. It’s a great car and we’re proud of it” said Holden marketing director Mark Harland in a statement.
Triple Eight boss Roland Dane said that the team will continue to focus on developing and winning races with the V8 powered ZB.