• Feb 16th 2007 at 2:08PM
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click above image to view our high-res gallery of the Holden Commodore VE V8 Supercar

For those of you out there who claim that we only cover F1 racing, today will surely be a shocker. Not only have we reported (twice!) on NASCAR news, but now we bring you rumblings from the Australian V8 Supercar series, as well.

In a little over three weeks, rookies Shane Price and Jack Perkins will be racing the new Holden factory-supported VE Commodores at the season opening Clipsal 500 in Adelaide. The new cars are hand built by Perkins Engineering, with factory support from Holden. Reports peg the development cost for the vehicles at $1 billion AUS, which is hefty chunk of change in the land of Oz. The car sure looks like a shot of Jack on wheels – a little intimidating on approach, but the perfect partner for one hell of an exciting night.

As for the relationship the team has with Jack Daniels, Michael McShane, Managing Director for Jack Daniel's Australia, says, "Jack Daniel's has a long-standing record of promoting responsible consumption and our new look team gives us the perfect opportunity to continue building upon that with V8 Supercar fans." Maybe they should try urinals instead...

[Source: V8SupercarNews, TheGMSource]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      "Reports peg the development cost for the vehicles at $1 billion AUS"

      Yes... for the production VE Commodore. Not for the V8 Supercar, as the article seems to imply. Even F1 teams don't spend that much on car development in a single season.

      Secondly, the article also subtly implies that Jack Daniel's Racing is the official Holden factory team. Although all teams using the Holden-based car are "factory supported" (it is, after all, stock car racing), most fans see the Holden Racing Team (HRT) Holdens as the true representative of the Holden factory on the track. This is echoed in the team's livery. In 2007, HRT will also be using the VE Commodore chassis.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "The car sure looks like a shot of Jack on wheels – a little intimidating on approach, but the perfect partner for one hell of an exciting night."

      Ugh..no!! Exciting if you don't wish to remember who, or what you did the previous night!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am with you number 6, I would love a V8 super car racing here in the States
      • 8 Years Ago
      Speed does show Aussie V8 supercar in the USA, I have several recorded on my DVR. One of the highlights of Speed's programming list, I might add.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Real pity that the black used on the car hides the real shape of the car. The Commodore is a nicely shaped car and hiding all that design effort with a bad paint job seems really stupid to me...

      The best paint job to ever grace a V8 Supercar was the Craig Lowndes 'green-eyed monster', it highlighted the shape of the BA Falcon perfectly.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Great looking racing car with my favorite alcoholic drink, that must be Heaven
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh, has the HRT or Toll HSV cars been released yet?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Man, look at the camber on those wheels.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Australian V8 Supercar Series link highlighted in red above will take you to the site, and it's worth a look.
      This series is of 14 rounds, spread over 9 months and visits two other countries other than the 12 Australian based rounds, held at all points of the country.
      It is strongly fought each year and has an immense following.
      The 2 protagonists are the Holden Commodore, and the Ford Falcon.
      Most rounds have 2 and some 3 separate races to make up the total distance, usually 300 to 500 Kilometres.
      There are a couple of rounds that have a single dedicated race for the total distance and one of these is the Bathurst round over 1000 Km, that race equivalent in some way to horse racing's Melbourne Cup in that it arguably stops the nation. This is 7 hours of flat out racing on a six and a quarter Kilometre track, quoted by international drivers and commentators as the toughest circuit on the planet, driving to the top of Mount Panorama and then back down again. Drivers come from across the world to gain a sought after seat for this race.
      Go to the link and cruise the site. Check the history of a drivers series that has produced champions for all types of motor sport.
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