GM will replace the legendary Holden Commodore with a Camaro racer in Australia.
While GM is hard at work promoting the fact that it actually sells EVs in the US, it's doing the complete moral opposite in Australia. The brand has just launched Chevrolet Racing in Australia, which will replace Holden Motorsport as the official racing arm for General Motors Australia and New Zealand. The move comes as GM ended the famous and much loved Holden brand in Australia last year. The Holden Commodore race cars participating in the Australian Supercars racing championship will now be replaced by the all-new Gen3 Camaro ZL1, which is closely based on the standard Chevrolet Camaro road car. This news comes as Ford also launches its brand new Ford Mustang Gen3 race car. Both cars have been designed to conform with the Supercars Gen3 rules for the 2023 season.
The new Camaro racer was unveiled this week ahead of the famous Bathurst 1000 race. GM has been racing in the Australian Supercars series for over five decades under the Holden brand and is excited to make new headway under the Chevrolet brand. "Our company has a proud history of racing in Supercars for over five decades, where fierce rivalries were built between Holden and Ford," says Jim Campbell, Chevrolet Performance and Racing. "Chevrolet Racing is the future motorsports brand for General Motors Australia and New Zealand, providing ongoing excitement and a platform to support our existing portfolio of brands, including GM Specialty Vehicles, Holden Certified Service, GM Trade Parts and ACDelco."
The new car was developed by GM's Supercars homologation team Triple Eight Race Engineering, KRE Engines, and Performance & Racing Centre and will feature Chevy's well-known 5.7-liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine. Both the Mustang and Camaro are built as closely to streetcar spec as reasonably possible, which should make for entertaining, and relatable racing. This news comes as the sixth-generation Camaro gets ready to enter its eighth year of production. The sad news is that by the time these cars enter the 2023 season, sales of the road-going models will be coming to an end. Chevy has previously stated that the Camaro will be replaced with an EV muscle sedan further down the line, making this the beginning and the end of an era.