Wherever you find General Motors and Ford going at it, Chrysler is seldom very far behind. Except in Australia. The Land Down Under has its own unique touring car championship in the form of its popular V8 Supercars series, but the only contestants these days are Ford (with its FPV Falcon) and GM subsidiary Holden (with its HSV Commodore). That, however, could change in the near future.

Word on the Aussie street is that Chrysler Group Australia is entertaining the possibility of jumping into the popular series, likely with a vehicle based (however loosely) on the 300. Because V8 Supercars teams – which budget around $10 million to run two cars for the season – are by regulation independent of any manufacturer, Chrysler would need to woo a few away from their current Ford or Holden partners, but several have reportedly approached the Pentastar automaker about the possibility.

The addition of a third manufacturer to challenge Ford and Holden would mirror a similar move made this season by BMW to challenge Audi and Mercedes-Benz (which was also rumored to be considering a V8 Supercars entry) in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM). Chrysler previously supplied the V8 Supercars series with the first-gen 300C SRT8, which serves as the pace car for several years.

According to Australia's The Age, SRT brand CEO Ralph Gilles reportedly likes the idea, but stopped short of committing to any impending program. The prospect, however, could be made more feasible by a new, more cost-effective "Car of the Future" being implemented in V8 Supercars, much as the "Car of Tomorrow" was in NASCAR and the "Next-Generation Touring Car" was in the British Touring Car Championship. Another plus is the expansion of the series outside of Australia to locations like India, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa and – most crucially – the United States as a support race for the upcoming U.S. Grand Prix Formula One race in Austin, Texas.


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      DrEvil
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hell Yeah, I think the Charger more than the 300, but Hell Yes!!!
      jonwil2002
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who cares, V8 Supercars jumped the shark years ago when the cars stopped having any relationship to the cars you can buy in the showrooms. We need to return to the days when race cars were modified production cars and the companies had to make and sell road-going versions of the cars. Of course the whole reason V8 Supercars became what it is today (with only 2 manufacturers and with cars that are nothing like road cars) is because the local boys (Ford and Holden) where tired of getting their V8-powered asses kicked by smaller Japanese imports with turbocharged inline 6 engines.
      Designs Templates
      • 2 Years Ago
      The should I have a 2006 chrysler 300 srt8, and I raced and won alot of races, the car is very powerful and handles great. So if they put a experienced driver behind the wheel they Chrylser will give any motor company a run for its money!!! http://www.designstemplates.com
        Krishan Mistry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Designs Templates
        Downvoted for spamming website, and also saying the 2006 SRT8 could handle. It couldnt. The new one can.
          Auto Driveaway - DC
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          I remember the first time I watched video of the Superstars Race Series (youtube search: superstars hockenheim) and said wait a sec, is that a 300 :) I would thing the Charger would make more sense than the 300 but I always like variety in any race series which is why I was glad to hear that BMW is coming back to the DTM.
      Elmo
      • 2 Years Ago
      You know, Aussie V8s have kind of made me thankful that NASCAR is still letting the manufacturers build their own engines. At least when you look at a Camry, Fusion, Charger, or Impala in NASCAR, you're actually technically seeing a Toyota, Ford, Dodge, or Chevy because of their engines.
        erjhe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        It's hard to find the actual rules, but V8 Supercars still use a manufacturer based design. IE. Ford cars used a Ford based engine, Holdens used a GM based engine. It'd be no different than me flipping through Jegs and building a small block Chevy using aftermarket parts. The parts may not be from GM or Ford, but are heavily based off their designs. If you were under the impression that NASCAR uses the same engine found in your car or truck think again. I know at the very least Chevy, and I suspect every other manufacturer, has engines built specific to NASCAR that share little with their road going cousins in parts or design. Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnIDj3_Rvyk
          erjhe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @erjhe
          Felt I should clarify a little bit. I'm not stating that the V8 Supercar engines are by any means what you'd find on the road, but that the long block (rotating assembly, engine block and cylinder heads) are heavily based off a pre-existing engine.
      sp33dklz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fail idea... will never come to fruition.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      They even put ghetto-looking chrome wheels on a pace car(pictured)!? Really?
        miketim1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Just because its chrome doesnt mean ghetto.. get over yaself. Alot of wheels come chrome from factory and looks really good.
          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @miketim1
          If they're ugly and chrome, they're ghetto. The wheels on the 300 above are both ugly and chrome.
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Australia likes flashyness. Watch Summernats videos. There's a lot of big 20 inchers on cars with giant blowers on them.
      Simmo
      • 2 Years Ago
      There most likely won't be a Holden and ford in 5 years so they need to start sooner and introduce new manufacturers. New rules coming with a one make chassis similar to NASCAR so who cares what the shell looks like. Bring back production cup where the card raced ate similar to what joe blow buys. V8 super cars was only created so that other manufacturers couldn't enter and steal market share from Holden and Ford I say bring on any manufacturer that wants to join
        Slizzo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Simmo
        Really? I thought Holden and Ford were the top two manufacturers in Aussieland?
          Drakkon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Slizzo
          Mitsubishi threatened to race in Supercar with the Diamante a few years ago. I'm not sure they actually did it, but RallyArt was buying old Olsmobile engines from the TransAm series are their architecture.
      Ian
      • 2 Years Ago
      The whole V8 Super Car series is a dull boring procession of cars that have no relationship to the cars Australians can buy. They need to go back to the roots and have production car racing again.
        ack154
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ian
        Spoken like a true NASCAR fan....
          Ian
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ack154
          I am Australian and I not a Fan of NASCAR either its worse that V8 Super Cars.
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ian
        How is NASCAR worse than Aussie V8s? Aussie V8s doesn't use Holden or Ford built engines anymore as of this year. At least TRD, Ford Racing, MOPAR, and GM Performance build their own engines for NASCAR.
          Ian
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          I am sorry you find going in circles fast to be exciting?
      Orin O'Neill
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's *always* been just Ford and Holden... the series director was once quoted as saying he'd be "crucified" if he let Toyota (which sells a similar V8 sedan in Australia) into the series. Chrysler? Good question. When a Holden driver crashes or breaks down in front of a group of Ford fans, they throw rocks and garbage at him (and vice versa). Who would the Chrysler fans be?
      zackwatt
      • 2 Years Ago
      This will happen, if not Chrysler then Toyota or Hyundai. This is what the new 2013 COTF design was all about.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about instead of racing the 300C in Oz, we invite Supercars to race their races here? While their at it, how about Ford sell the turbo Falcon here as well.
      Krishan Mistry
      • 2 Years Ago
      That sounds like a good idea, but I thought everyone in Australia was either a diehard Ford fanboy or Holden humper. Who would be there to cheer on the lonely Chrysler? And who would cause a huge riot it it wins? The rivalry between Aussie special Commodores and Falcons might not take a foreign American only 300C very seriously. How about if it works out, North America gives Australia a large RWD sedan (for racing) in exchange for two large RWD sedans making their way into US production? The Falcon and Commodore could use the platforms currently found in the Mustang and Camaro, and while the sporty pony coupes will inevitably downsize (as rumored for the 50th Aniv Mustang and Gen 6 Camaro), the size and weight wont be an issue on full size sedans. And if Ford could make a Lincoln luxury version to save the brand, all the better. Then the stars would be in perfect alignment. Next gen smaller and lighter ponycars from all Big 3 (Chally, Maro, Stang), big full size sedans (Charger, Commodore, Falcon), and medium-big luxury sedans (CTS, 300, Lincoln 'Falcon')
        GFB
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        Oh no! Not the Mustang D3 platform. It's a loser. The D3 is a dumbed down DEW98. With the D3, they threw away the DEW98's double wishbone front and rear suspension and substituted a MacPherson Strut up front and (get this) a 19th century Hotchkiss solid axle in the rear. Be careful what you wish for.
          Krishan Mistry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @GFB
          Then why do new Mustangs not only outhandle the last gen (even IRS) Mustangs, they hand their asses back to them on a plate? And the IRS was a hack job, admittedly a quite creative one, putting independent suspension in a platform clearly designed for a live axle. Many IRS Cobras switched back to live axle because it was much more durable.
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