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Supercars teams reveal Gen3 build progress

The break is officially over for the Repco Supercars Championship teams in the midst of Gen3 builds.

Grove Racing is the latest to provide a progress update on the assembly of its two Ford Mustangs set to be driven by David Reynolds and rookie Matthew Payne this season.

A year on from his shock defection to Grove Racing from Triple Eight Race Engineering, Team Manager David Cauchi revealed the steps taken already by the squad during the assembly process.

“We had the chassis turn up from PACE Innovations; so, they turn up raw [and] there’s a little bit of prep work that needed to be done,” Cauchi explained.

“Then we sent them off to paint [and] now they’re back here and we are starting to bolt on all the various parts.

“There’s still a lot of things being made and a lot of things being assembled behind the scenes as well, so slowly we’ll start to see more parts going on to the car.

“Next will be the bodywork, so the roof is one of the first things that will get bolted on to the car and then all the other panels can then follow from that.

“A lot of suspension is now getting built. The guys are working at the back on the gearbox and getting all the wiring loom for the rear firewall installed. In not too long we’ll have a car that we can go racing with and have some fun.”

Last week, Blanchard Racing Team revealed its first new Ford Mustang to be built in-house with most of its bodywork fitted except for a rear wing.

Also installed was the 5.4-litre Coyote V8 powerplant as the small team work around the clock to remain up to date during the build process ahead of the 2023 season as Todd Hazelwood takes the wheel.

Brad Jones Racing has also been active online providing a unique insight to the production process of its quartet of Chevrolet Camaros.

Body panels are being fitted at the Albury-based team’s workshop as selected parts continue to be manufactured by the squad in-house.

Queensland Supercars teams begin the Gen3 testing schedule on January 30, while southern operations follow a day later.

Gen3 will make its Repco Supercars Championship debut on March 10-12.