Walkinshaw Andretti United could race the Chevrolet Camaro in Supercars
The road going Chevrolet Camaro will be an important part of HSV’s business plan post VF Commodore, as the bulk of the engineering company’s work will revolve around importing 1,000 examples of the Camaro from overseas each year and converting each to right hand drive. The deal is a joint venture between HSV, Holden and General Motors.
HSV is owned by the Walkinshaw family, which also happens to own the Walkinshaw Andretti United racing team, so it makes sense that they use SuperCars to market their flagship car – HSV will also be converting the Chevrolet Silverado to right hand drive, along with making SportsCat versions of the Colorado – the Camaro.
Holden’s recently appointed executive director of marketing, Kristian Aquilina, said that Holden is committed to racing the ZB Commodore, but it won’t stop HSV/Walkinshaw entering the Camaro into the competition “our focus is on having as many Holdens on the podium as we can, race in, race out. We’re confident the ZB Commodore is the car to do this,” said Aquilina.
“We’re not afraid of putting the ZB Commodore against the best, be that a Ford Mustang, or any other competitor – we know how good the all-new Commodore is.
“If it [a Camaro Supercar] became a serious prospect, we’d definitely look at it as an exciting development for the sport but our focus is on ZB Commodore.”
Walkinshaw Racing has said that they’re committed to racing the Commodore for the foreseeable future, but this could change.
Under Gen2 rules, teams are allowed to apply a two door body on to the existing Next Generation control chassis, just like Ford has done with the Mustang.
Time will tell.