Australia’s most successful V8 Supercar team, the factory Holden Racing Team has revealed the first of its next-generation Holden Commodore race cars built to V8 Supercar’s new Car Of The Future regulations.
The stunning new Commodore, the result of almost 1,500man-hours by the Walkinshaw Racing organisation from design through to construction, underwent its initial shakedown at Calder Park Raceway today.
Reigning Bathurst Champion, Nick Percat awarded the honour of driving the car for the first time, doing so under the watchful eye of team-mate, V8 Supercar Champion Garth Tander, team owners Martine and Ryan Walkinshaw, and Holden Motorsport Manager Simon McNamara.
The HRT Commodore COTF carries a special, one-off matt black technical carbon-fibre livery providing a sophisticated yet intimidating look.
The gold theme introduced for the 2012 race season carries over and now incorporates the logos of long-time HRT major partners, Toll, Mobil 1 and HSV.
HRT Managing Director, Steve Hallam said today was a proud moment.
“It’s quite a day. This is the first time in seven years that we have designed and built an entirely new car and you can feel the emotion of the occasion throughout the organisation,” Hallam said.
With a record 200 all-time race wins, six Australian Touring Car/V8 Supercars Championships and seven Bathurst 1000 wins since its inception in 1990, HRT is the most successful Australian motor racing team.