American muscle replaces Australian staples, astride a new control chassis.
The once classic Holden versus Ford battle is entering its next chapter, as Chevrolet steps into void with the Camaro joining the Supercars Championship grid for the 2022 season.
Gen3 will “place a greater emphasis on retaining key dimensions between the race cars and the road vehicles they represent”, according to the Supercars website.
In other words, road car panels will now fit on the racecar, and the the Mustang in particular will lose its current awkward and unfortunate look. The control chassis will be 100mm lower and 100mm wider, and will “broaden the range of cars that can compete.”
While the current Ford Mustang has been on sale since launching in 2015, the Chevrolet Camaro is locally converted to right-hand drive by Holden Special Vehicles and will be sold through the forthcoming GMSV venture.
Gen3 regulations are also slated to reduce the running costs of cars by between 30 and 40 percent, attracting more competitors to the series.
More than 50 per cent less downforce will place more emphasis on driver skill, and a new control tyre is being developed by Dunlop.
Engine will remain as a naturally-aspirated V8, mounted up front and and powering the rear wheels. Specific details on the engine are scant, but Supercars currently output around 450kW to 485kW.