The New Generation Of V8 Supercars
Car of the Future
A THREE-year project in the making, V8 Supercars’ Car of the Future (COTF) will make its racing debut in the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship with Ford’s Falcon FG and Holden’s Commodore VF joined by Nissan’s Altima and Erebus Motorsport’s Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG racecars on the grid.
The COTF project is designed to:
- Ensure the long-term viability and growth of the sport.
- Open up V8 Supercars to new manufacturers to compete.
- Make cars cheaper to build and repair. n Make cars safer, lighter and stronger.
- Increase the motoring market relevance of V8 Supercars.
- Maintain the ‘DNA’ of V8 Supercars (V8 engines, rear wheel drive etc).
- Increase the number of V8 Supercars events in the future in a condensed calendar across multiple countries.
- Ensure higher quality racing.
Two prototype cars – one a Falcon and one a Commodore – were built, tested and developed with the sponsorship support of Dunlop in 2011.
They were used for a range of component testing as well as comparative aerodynamic testing with the new Nissan and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG racecars.
Six-time Bathurst 1000 winner and V8 Supercars Commission Chairman Mark Skaife oversaw the development of the original COTF concept before a key team of engineers, designers, car builders, V8 Supercar team personnel and drivers worked on the project, which was officially unveiled at the 2011 Sydney Telstra 500.
So what’s different about a 2013 COTF car versus a 2012-model V8 Supercar?
- Chassis design and specification fixed. All chassis to be dimensionally identical, but different accredited vehicle builders can construct them.
- Engine mounted 100mm further back and down. Protects engine in case of frontal impact and improves weight distribution.
- Increase in wheel and tyre size to 18-inch. Bigger brakes can therefore also be fitted.
- Windscreen becomes polycarbonate. It’s 250 times stronger than glass.
- Collapsible steering column with collapsible section in engine bay, not in the cabin.
- Different transmission, moving to a transaxle, which incorporates the differential and gearbox in one assembly.
- Adoption of IRS (Independent Rear Suspension) with control pickup points and a control specification of uprights and wishbones.
- Fuel cell moved further forward in the car to protect from rear impacts.