Complicating the future of the Camaro in Australia is the push to make it the replacement for the Holden ZB Commodore in Supercars racing.
The Walkinshaw Andretti United racing team – in which the Walkinshaw family has a share, along with Michael Andretti and Zak Brown’s United Autosports – has researched the development of a Supercar based on the Camaro exterior.
It says it can’t retain its visual integrity without modification to the roll-hoop; otherwise you end up with a humpy version caricature. Think what the Ford Mustang Supercar looks like compared to the road car. So getting the rules changed is one challenge; the other is who would control the homologation program for the car.
Back in the good old days, the Walkinshaws ran the Holden Racing Team and ruled the Supercars world. But they were gradually usurped by Roland Dane’s Triple Eight Race Engineering, to the point the Queensland team took over the whole Holden factory deal.
So do the people who build the road car and have done the groundwork on the race car get the gig? Or does it go to the operation that has proved itself the best in the Supercars business and delivered for GM time and again? Tough choice…