A bold new chapter in the history of Australian motor sport begins today with the unveiling of the very first Gen3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and the next generation Ford Mustang, with both destined for Supercars racing in 2023.
The big reveal also marks the arrival of Chevrolet Racing as the new heart for the fans who have followed and celebrated more than 50 years of Holden success in touring car racing. The Chev is no US invader either.
The new Camaro is the boldest of the breed and has been created to carry the Chevrolet Racing flag into the next generation of Supercars, reigniting one of the oldest rivalries in Australian motorsport, Chevrolet versus Ford and Camaro against Mustang.
That’s right, we really did say one of the oldest rivalries, because you see, we’ve been here before. Back in 1971, some 50 years ago, it was a Bob Jane Camaro that took on the might of Allan Moffat’s Ford Mustang.
This time round, the Ford Mustang GT Gen3 Supercar was revealed wearing the iconic Ford Performance Racing livery, cutting a striking figure with the swooping low roof, wide-track and curving hip line that the Mustang is famous for.
With a production-based 5.4L ‘Coyote’ DOHC V8 engine under the bonnet, the Ford Mustang GT Gen3 Supercar will be the closest to the road-going version that Supercars has seen in nearly 20 years.
For Chevrolet Racing, a 5.7-litre LTR V8 will live under the hood, and GM motorsport Supercars homologation partner KRE Race Engines are tasked with the development of the engine.
Slated for testing throughout 2022, with a racing debut at the first round of the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship season, the goal for Gen3 is to increase relevance to road-going product, reduce costs and increase on-track entertainment via closer racing.
As part of the launch of the next generation Supercars machines, and this weekend’s Repco Bathurst 1000, both the Mustang GT, and the Gen3 Camaro, will take to the track this weekend at Mount Panorama in a series of display laps.