Talk to most car fans about V8 supercars and they'll probably start talking Ferrari and Corvette. But to Australians, V8 Supercars is a racing series – one of the most popular touring car series in the world, and one that is only gaining popularity.

The championship pits race-spec Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores against each other on road courses around Australia and New Zealand, but has been known to travel abroad as well. This year's calendar kicked off in Abu Dhabi, after previous seasons included trips to Bahrain and China. But coming years could see the Aussie series making the trans-Pacific voyage to North America.

Recent developments have given the predominantly Australian championship a more international profile. For one, the FIA has promoted it to international status, as opposed to a national series. For another, a steady stream of world-renowned racing drivers (like multiple Indy 500 winners Dario Franchitti and Helio Castroneves, four-time Champ Car champ Sebastien Bourdais, multiple touring car champions Andy Priaulx and Yvan Muller, and former F1 world champ Jacques Villeneuve) have been flying Down Under to take a crack at it. Speed's coverage of some of the series' marquee events hasn't hurt either, and the series' new owners – a private equity firm who bought it from a consortium of promoters and teams – may be eager to capitalize on their investment.

While the series' organizers have previously rejected the notion of coming to North America, with all these factors aligned, they're suddenly singing a different tune. General Motors is apparently keen on the idea, which could come to fruition as early as the 2013 season if all the stars line up just right. Just where such a race might take place remains to be seen, but a West Coast venue would be the smart bet. Organizers could, meanwhile, opt to hold a race as part of a stand-alone three-day weekend event like its home races in Australia, or pair it with an existing spectacle such as an IndyCar or ALMS race.


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      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about getting on the calendar in Austin, on the new F1 course?
      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      Racing Australian market cars only would make no sense though. If they really want to make it play in Peoria make it open to American makes. I'd love to see a Charger, 300C and a Cadillac CTS battle it out, perhaps even a Taurus and a RWD Impala PPV.
        ijardine
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Shiftright
        I agree. For GM and Ford to be interested in NA exposure for this series the 2013 Supercar spec cars would have to be on sale in the USA..
      CBJMNWLD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Would be incredible on the IMS road course in conjunction with the MotoGP race.
      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yay! Australian NASCAR in the states! (This is not sarcasm, I really am excited about this) And for those who say that this is more stock car than NASCAR, these are also spec cars with different motors, just like NASCAR. The only difference is the number of road courses that they run.
      ack154
      • 3 Years Ago
      Uh... Watkins Glen has a free weekend now that Indy is out. I'd LOVE to see some V8 Supercar madness at the Glen.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't the V8 Supercar series fairly closely based on production models? (with obviously upgrades here and there). So basically this would be like NASCAR if NASCAR actual kept on using production-based cars like they did waaaay back in the day. If so, I would be all for that. Get some good television coverage and it sounds like it would be fun to watch!
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Aussie V8s don't use production chassis. They are all built on one spec chassis and the Commodore's shell is manufactured to fit this spec chassis and bares absolutely no dimensional resemblance to the production counterpart.
        JP Karnilowicz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        I wouldn't say that, Probably closer than NASCAR but still very far apart from production Models. The metal bodies are pretty much the only thing that links them to production models - underneath they're all basically identical cars.
        Boost Retard
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Yes, they're based on the production Monaro and Falcon chassis complete with modern touches like fuel injection, center lock, lightweight alloy wheels and sequential gearshifts (although, unlike the current production cars they're based on, they have a 4 link live axle rear suspension with a Watts link instead of IRS). Pretty much what NASCAR could be if they weren't just a spec series based on 1970's technology.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Boost Retard
          Please allow Boost Retard to read the rest of the comments that have replied to it. He seems a bit slow.
      Boost Retard
      • 3 Years Ago
      if they bring this to Long Beach along with the ALMS and IndyCar race, I'm totally there.
      MASTER SHAIN
      • 3 Years Ago
      come on everyone...would`nt we all love to see this series here @...wait for it....the best track in the entire world!!!!....wait for it....MAZDA LAGUNA SECA!!!,I know I would....hey MARCOS AMBROSE...what do you think????
        thatGuy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MASTER SHAIN
        Actually the local Bathrust track here in Australia is also pretty damn good and varied, with a decent hill to climb and twist through then down into a long straight and kink. The Mazda Rx7 twin turbos did very well here in 12 hour races.
      RJC
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ah, Australian Supercars. Cars built off of REAL production shells. Six-speed transmissions, alloy wheels running low profile rubber and fuel injection---just like production high performance sport coupes. Nascar, are you listening? This is what a racing series should look like in the 21st century. Oh, and don't forget the road courses.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RJC
        Real production shells? Wrong. The Commodore's shell is shortened and bares absolutely no dimensional resemblance to the production Commodore. Aussie V8s are going to be just as bad as NASCAR when it comes to the whole "one template" regulations. The only way Ford is going to be battling Holden is through the look of the cars next year. They'll all be using the same exact engine with the same specifications. At least NASCAR is letting the manufacturers' in-house race shops build the new fuel injected engines for next year.
      mitytitywhitey
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should replace NASCAR with this.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        Why? So you can have another NASCAR-type motorsport, but just on road courses? Aussie V8s aren't much different than NASCAR. Hell, they'll be even worse than NASCAR next year with the single spec engine. As I said below, NASCAR is at least letting the manufacturers' in-house race shops build the new FI engines.
      Jew
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think it would be a marketing nightmare for GM and Ford. I can already picture th scenario. Spectator: Hey Mr. That is a neat looking car you guys race. Whats its called? GM Rep: Hey there thats called a Holden, think of it as a Pontiac with a big Corvette Engine. Spectator: Wow you guys make a family car with a Corvette Engine? Thats neat, where can I buy one? GM Rep: Sorry sir we dont sell those in the United States only in Australia. But hey check out this brochure on our new Hybrid called the Volt. It gets 45 miles to the Gallon! Spectator: No thanks I rather drive a Prius. Chances are it will last longer than the Volt.
      ken
      • 3 Years Ago
      NASCAR sux.
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