- HRT plays pivotal role in debut of new V8 Supercar just one day after VF Commodore road car revealed
- New VF Commodore race car carries instantly recognizable HRT look and presence
- Holden Lion returns to bonnet for first time since 2009 season
Just one day after Holden unveiled its stunning new VF Commodore, it’s official factory racing team, the Holden Racing Team has today uncovered the racing variant of the all-new VF Commodore.
V8 Supercar Champions, Garth Tander and James Courtney lifted the covers off the new car, built to V8 Supercars’ new Car Of The Future regulations, at Holden’s Melbourne headquarters.
Tander and Courtney revealed a spectacular car presented in a striking new livery to match VF Commodore’s stylish look, the scheme highlighted by the return of the traditional Holden Lion to the bonnet for the first time in three years.
Holden Design Manager Peter Hughes explained the design needed to be fresh, while maintaining HRT traditions.
"With VF Commodore, we wanted to create a fresh statement and strived for a combination of precise cutting-edge graphics and an instantly recognisable HRT look and presence. HRT traditions infused with a contemporary execution,” Hughes said.
“We wanted to keep VF’s the bold front graphic design as pure as possible, so the whole front end remains predominantly white.
“The imposing black and gold HRT logo dominates the side of the car while the return of the Holden Lion on the bonnet is something all HRT fans will love. The rear of the car completes the new look in a brilliant bright red.”
The wild new colors were chosen and developed by Holden Design's Charlene Spiteri, introducing the new HRT “Wicked White” matte metallic and bright, in-your-face “Infra-red”.
“We're all pretty stoked with how the new HRT VF Commodore has turned out, and can't wait to see how Holden fans react to the new look when it’s on track at Clipsal," he said.
Holden Motorsport Manager, Simon McNamara said today marked the first time in Commodore’s 35-year history where the racing variant had been revealed so close to the road car’s debut.
“Holden’s plans for VF Commodore and V8 Supercars’ new regulations combined to present Holden Motorsport and our teams with a challenge to go where we have never been before,” McNamara said.
“To design, develop and build new race cars well ahead of when the road car begins production has been a difficult test, but today’s unveiling shows the true spirit of Holden’s winning tradition.
“Just one day after the most technically advanced car to ever be built in Australia has been revealed, HRT has presented the most striking racecar Commodore ever.
“The Holden Racing Team’s VF Commodore is truly a class above.”
Holden Racing Team Managing Director, Steve Hallam said he was enormously proud of the occasion.
“Today is the culmination of an extremely co-operative and productive 12-month development program involving Holden Motorsport, [HRT parent company] Walkinshaw Racing and Triple Eight Race Engineering,” Hallam said.
“I am tremendously satisfied with the role which Walkinshaw Racing played in that program, and I would like to make particular mention of our Chief Designer Doug Skinner and Operations Manager Adam Laws, and their teams in getting us to this point.
“With Car Of The Future it is a new era for our sport, so today not only have we unveiled an outstanding new racecar, we have also begun an exciting new chapter in the storied history of the Holden Racing Team.”
Three-time Bathurst winner, Tander said VF Commodore and the team’s new look reflects a fresh start for HRT in V8’s COTF era.
“The new VF Commodore looks fantastic – it’s very different to VE and marks the beginning of a new chapter in HRT’s history,” he said.
“We had a lot of feedback from our supporters who wanted to see the Lion back on the bonnet, and it’s great to be in a position where we’ve been able to do that.
“With such a major change in the car and the technical package, I’m hesitant to make any bold predictions for this season but I’m confident in knowing that everyone at HRT has put their absolute maximum effort into this year’s preparation.”
“The new design looks clean, classy and professional,” 2010 V8 Champion James Courtney added.
“It’s a massive step forward and I think everyone will be proud Australia can produce such a great looking car.”
HRT’s continued pursuit of success has led to an engineering reshuffle across the two cars. Scott Sinclair will manage Tander’s #2 VF, accompanied by engineer Jason Bush; Courtney’s #22 HRT Commodore will be managed by Rob Starr and engineered by Alastair McVean.
“It’s a very strong engineering mix,” Courtney said. “Alastair is very analytical, while Rob is more hands-on, so combined they will help us to make the most of the new Commodore.”
HRT’s 2013 sponsorship arrangements were also confirmed; major sponsors Holden, Toll, Mobil, HSV, NGK, Continental Tyres and Coates Hire are all continuing their successful relationships, while a number of partners have been welcomed to the team.
Property investment and wealth specialist company Money Choice joins HRT, along with commercial finance and leasing entity Morris Finance, Carlisle Brakes, manufacturers of heavy duty brake, clutch and transmission components, and fruit and vegetable wholesaler Key Produce.
HRT also welcomes a new transport partner, Scania, with the team’s VF Commodores transported around Australia by the only V8 truck in the paddock.
HRT has notched up a record 200 all-time race wins, along with six championship victories and seven Bathurst triumphs.
In 2012, it finished fourth in team points with Tander seventh and Courtney 10th in driver standings.
The HRT VF Commodores will make their track debut on Saturday, 16 February for the Official Pre Season Test Day at Sydney Motorsport Park, ahead of the first event of the 2013 Championship, Adelaide’s Clipsal 500, 28 February-3 March.