Next Generation Triple 8 Commodore to feature new chassis, Opel-derived body and a V6 engine
Triple 8 has confirmed that it is well into the process of developing a new car for Supercars. The biggest differences will be that it will use an all-new chassis and will be cloaked in the new Commodore’s Opel-based body, abandoning the locally designed and developed body shell.
But the biggest change lies under the bonnet: the 5.0 litre V8 has been dumped in favour of a twin-turbo 3.6 litre V6, which is being developed at GM’s engine plant in Michigan.
The new 3.6 litre V6 is based on one of GM’s production engines, and Triple 8 has sent an existing 5.0 litre V8 over to the US to assist in the development of the new engine.
Triple 8 will put two of the new cars on the grid at the start of next season, both wearing Red Bull HRT livery. A third car is said to be developed for Craig Lowndes.
There is no word as to when the new car will hit the track for testing, but Triple 8 will need as much testing time as possible in order to ensure all kinks have been ironed out before the new season begins.
While Triple 8 is locked in for the new V6 Commodores next year, it is not known whether other teams will be following suit.