Paused Camaro Supercar waiting on chassis decision

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7 February 2020

Walkinshaw Andretti United has pressed pause on its plan to introduce the Camaro to Supercars, as it waits on the outcome of the category’s current next-gen planning.

Ryan Walkinshaw, who is a co-owner of the WAU Supercar squad, also heads up HSV, which sells right-hand-drive converted Camaro road cars in Australia. Walkinshaw announced this morning in Adelaide its road car offering will now include the flagship ZL1 model; Chevrolet’s most powerful production car.

As part of the launch, Camaro ZL1 branding has been added to the WAU Commodores for the Superloop Adelaide 500.

However, Walkinshaw says work towards bringing the Camaro to Supercars is on hold while the category plans its future rule package. Supercars’ Commission and motorsport department are both working on the project, which may see an altered or new control chassis introduced.

Two-door cars such as the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro are currently welcomed, but using the control chassis and roll-cage introduced in 2013. That decision was made to ensure parity between four and two-door vehicles, such as the Mustang which its making its debut this weekend.

“We’ve been really clear that our ambitions are to race a Camaro in Supercars,” said Walkinshaw.

Supercars boss Sean Seamer has been open about the category’s current deliberations over the rule package to accommodate more manufacturers. Speaking last month, Seamer stressed the need to take a big-picture view of what the grid will look like in coming years.

“The key thing about the chassis, it’s not about roll hoop heights, it’s about what’s the right chassis to enable us to have as many different marques out there as possible, he said. That’s the starting point is. What do we want the grid at Bathurst to look like in 2021? And what do we need to do to get there. So we’re working backwards from that.”