Ford and Holden have, just the two of them, been holding down the V8 Supercars fort for years now. The introduction of the Car of the Future regulations, which puts carmaker body panels on top of a generic chassis, induced Nissan Australia to join the party in 2013 with four of its Altima sedans. Chrysler Group Australia recently said it would not be lining up. So did Mercedes-Benz Australia, but an acquisition and an international agreement between Erebus Motorsports, Stone Brothers Racing and AMG's Customer Sports Program run by HWA means E63 AMGs will be on the starting line for the first race of 2013.

SBR has been in V8SC since 1998, the entire time with Ford, and won three championships with The Blue Oval, while Erebus runs SLS AMG GT3 coupes in the Australian GT Championship. Erebus bought SBR and its two licenses and grandfathered the rights to the third license that SBR has a lease on, then worked out a deal with AMG to get factory support. That support will come via HWA, the company run by AMG co-founder Hans Werner Aufrecht, that also preps Mercedes DTM cars.

As with Nissan, which shrunk the displacement of its Nissan Motorsport VK56DE V8 from 5.6 liters to 5.0 liters to satisfy V8SC regs, the E63 AMG motor will be a 5.0-liter iteration of the 6.2-liter V8 from Erebus' SLS AMG GT3 racer. Final parity spec for the AMG engine is still being sorted out with the governing body, and even though other makers' cars have been unveiled and on the track, the AMG engine still hasn't made it to the dyno. Even so, the privately funded team has been provided the necessary millions to make it to the starting gate by Erebus owner Betty Klimenko, and SBR has proved that it knows how to build a car.

Swallowed up in all the changes coming to the sport had been Holden, but not anymore. The Holden Racing Team took the hullabaloo of the Erebus-SBR as an excuse to unveil its new matte black and gold Commodore, and you can watch the covers pulled back in the video below.


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      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Im so glad this is coming to Austin! Im more excited for this than I am for F1!!!
      Jonathan Ippolito
      • 2 Years Ago
      We really need this in the US badly . This is so much better than NASCAR .
      Jonathan Ippolito
      • 2 Years Ago
      We really need this in the US badly . This is so much better than NASCAR .
      kart45
      • 2 Years Ago
      "the E63 AMG motor will be a 5.0-liter iteration of the 6.2-liter V8" Lol so in 'merican speek, its a 'small big block ??
      ack154
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is a bit sad that they're going even farther from an actual "stock" car to a standardized chassis and exterior shell. But just the actual racing and craziness of these guys will keep me watching. I'd love to see any NASCAR car jump curbs and run on some of the tracks these guys run. Can't wait for Bathurst.
      Kwijiboz
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's been fairly widely reported here that Mercedes have had to repeatedly deny they were going to race in this series. Even now, MB executives are doing their best to downplay their involvement as it hardy fits their image. Think of the worst type of 'redneck' NASCAR' fans, and you have the blueprint for just about the only fans who follow Supercars in Australia. If Mercedes wins, they'll have beer cans thrown at them on the podium, and accusations of being too hi-tech (this happened when Godzilla won, and kept winning). If they lose, it'll be a PR disaster! A very strange state of affairs.
        Jon-Paul Broom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kwijiboz
        Sad but true.
        A Hitman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kwijiboz
        MB Aus management are all snobs, do they not realise they also sell VANS and TRUCKS? Lol
        A Hitman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kwijiboz
        MB Aus management are all snobs, do they not realise they also sell VANS and TRUCKS? Lol
        nettsu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kwijiboz
        That was a very sad day in Australian sporting history... and it's also when I stopped following the supercars.
        A Hitman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kwijiboz
        MB Aus management are all snobs, do they not realise they also sell VANS and TRUCKS? Lol
        rboote
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kwijiboz
        M.B. Mercedes Bogan?
        A Hitman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kwijiboz
        MB Aus management are all snobs, do they not realise they also sell VANS and TRUCKS? Lol
        Jon-Paul Broom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kwijiboz
        sad but very true. Here is footage from the podium that year. http://youtu.be/HBusULuWCoY
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great looking livery on that Holden, I hope I'll be able to see it at Austin. Can't wait to see (and hear!) MB's entry car and I'm also curious to see how Nissan will prep an Altima for the series.
      Rob
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like my 2009 Pontiac G8 GT...The front facia is just different
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