Supercars next regulation set, Gen3 has been pushed back to the start of 2023 after consultation between major stakeholders.
Citing logistical supply chain challenges and domestic disruptions due to lockdowns relating to the ongoing worldwide pandemic, Supercars has provided a statement revealing Gen3 will not debut halfway through the 2022 season as announced earlier this year.
This came after various meetings between Supercars team owners and stakeholders.
The statement also reveals Gen3 will make its public debut during the Friday before the Repco Bathurst 1000.
Supercars issued this statement:
Supercars has today confirmed the introduction of the Gen3 program will be delayed to the opening event of 2023.
Factors outside the control of Supercars, including the ongoing challenges with international supply chains and domestic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are among the major contributing factors.
Lockdowns in various states which have forced Supercars to condense its racing program over the final three months of 2021, have also limited the Gen3 testing program as originally planned.
Supercars has arrived at this decision following consultation with key stakeholders including Repco, Ford, General Motors and Supercars’ broadcast partners.
The manufacturers’ respective homologation teams (Triple Eight Race Engineering and Dick Johnson Racing) continue to forge ahead with the development of the prototypes.
Gen3 cars are on track to be unveiled on Friday December 3, during this year’s Repco Bathurst 1000.
Supercars, General Motors and Ford remain committed to rolling out Gen3 and the introduction of the Camaro and the Mustang.
Throughout the course of 2022, fans will see the first-ever Gen3 race car come to life ahead of the program’s racing debut.
Cars will conduct significant on-track exhibitions and testing at many of Supercars’ events next year.
Mark Larkham will continue to bring behind-the-scenes updates of Gen3 prototypes and testing through Repco Supercars Championship broadcast and digital channels.
Supercars’ Gen3 will return the Chevrolet Camaro to touring cars for the first time in nearly 40 years, where it will renew its rivalry with the Ford Mustang.
The ruleset is designed to be more relevant to each model’s road going equivalent, which is explained by Repco Supercars Championship commentator Mark Larkham right here on The Garage.
Homologation teams Triple Eight Race Engineering and Dick Johnson Racing are currently building a prototype representing each model.