2015 Australian V8 Supercars season preview


March 31, 2015
Roy Wolfgang


Mighty V8 powered sedans are back for new season in famous Australian V8 Supercars championship. For those who don’t know, Australian V8 Supercars is series which races saloon cars, but with V8 engines (635 bhp and up). Currently, Holden and Ford (domestic manufacturers), Mercedes, Nissan and Volvo (since 2014) are participating in this championship. For 2015 season, there are no significant rule changes and displacement of the engine is still 5 liters with 6 speed manual transmission and sanctioned electronics package. But you could expect that the cars will be slightly faster since there is some improvement in aerodynamics. The first official tests are very close on 7th and 8th of February so it will be interesting to see which team had made most improvements during the winter.

 

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Last year, Red Bull Racing Australia driver Jamie Whincup was champion, winning Australian V8 Supercars title for the sixth time. His Holden VF Commodore proved to be unbeatable. However, Shane van Gisbergen and Mark Winterbottom, second and third in last year championship are threat to Whinecups title since they are consistent drivers with experience and motif to win this year’s cup. We should keep and eye on Chaz Mostert and Paul Morris who are great talents and possibly big surprise in coming season. There are a few minor drivers changes between the teams. In 2014, Holden VF Commodore was perfect track weapon since it won more than half of all of the races in the series. Everybody expected that Ford with its Falcon FG will be competitive, but Ford didn’t deliver on that promise. From beginning of 2015 season, Ford will introduce the Falcon FG X model which should have more success than its predecessor. However, Volvo was the biggest suprise with its S60 Polestar Racing which had a 10 podium finishes. That is a very nice result which leads us to think that Volvo could be more successful in upcoming season and could possibly be a car to beat in 2015. Of course, we must not forget a Ford, Nissan and Mercedes which all be trying hard to improve their cars. If one thing is sure it is that Holden VF Commodore will not be as dominant as it was during 2014 season and it will be very interesting to see which car will stop Holdens winning streak. In the last few years, Australian V8 Supercars championship is getting more and more attention in motorsports world. This series is premium Australian championship but its combination of V8 sedans,interesting street circuits and fierce track fighting is generating lots of fans outside Australia and New Zeland.

 

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However, beginning of February will reveal who is fastest on testing and who’s done most during the winter. The first race is Clipsal 500 Adelaide on 26th of February which we will fully covered here on Slap Lap, stay tuned for top racing action and roaring V8 sedans from The Down Under.

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