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V8 Supercars

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A series of touring car racing in Australia, originally started in 1960 as the Australian Touring Car Championship. The series was known as V8 Supercars Australia from 1999-2010.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's V8 Supercars page on 28 November 2015, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

V8 Supercars is a touring car racing category based in Australia and run as an International Series under Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) regulations.

V8 Supercar events take place in all Australian states and the Northern Territory,[1] with the Australian Capital Territory formerly holding the Canberra 400).[2] An overseas round is also held in New Zealand, with events previously held in China, Bahrain,[3] the United Arab Emirates and the United States.[1][4] A non-championship event is also held in support of the Australian Grand Prix. Race formats vary between each event with sprint races between 100 and 200 kilometres in length, street races between 125 and 250 kilometres, and two-driver endurance races held at Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast.[5] The series is broadcast in 137 countries[6] and has an average event attendance of over 100,000, with over 250,000 people attending major events such as the Clipsal 500.[7]

The vehicles used in the series are loosely based on road-going, four-door saloon cars. Cars are custom made using a control chassis, with only certain body panels being common between the road cars and race cars. To ensure parity between each make of car, many control components are utilised. All cars must use a 5.0-litre, naturally aspirated V8-engine.[8] Originally only for Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores, the New Generation V8 Supercar regulations, introduced in 2013, opened up the series to more manufacturers.[9] Nissan were the first new manufacturer to commit to the series with four Nissan Altimas,[10] followed by Erebus Motorsport with three Mercedes-Benz E63 AMGs.[11] Volvo entered the series in 2014 with Garry Rogers Motorsport racing the Volvo S60.


Champions

YearDriverTeam/Car
2011Jamie WhincupTriple Eight Race Engineering/Holden Commodore VE
2012Jamie WhincupTriple Eight Race Engineering/Holden Commodore VE
2013Jamie WhincupTriple Eight Race Engineering/Holden Commodore VF
2014Jamie WhincupTriple Eight Race Engineering/Holden Commodore VF


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
18 June 2013Volvo to join the V8 Supercars grid in 2014 Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey


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