New Holden Commodore Race Car Is More Stock Than Chevrolet SS Stock Car
Australia’s Holden Racing Team showed off its newest racing car, based on a VF Commodore sedan, for the V8 Supercars race series. This car is closely based on a real Holden VF Commodore that customers can buy — a marked difference from the Chevrolet SS NASCAR entry, which resembles a production car only thanks to stickers.
The Holden VF Commodore forms the basis of the 2014 Chevrolet SS performance sedan that will be publicly revealed tomorrow. The mechanically identical cars will have V-8 engines and rear-wheel-drive, as will their racing derivatives. Yet there’s a big difference between the two models: Holden’s V8 Supercars entrant is closely based on a production car, and thus looks nearly identical to the VF Commodore and Chevrolet SS. The Chevrolet NASCAR racer, however, is built on the series’ “Car Of Tomorrow” platform and thus resembles an SS or VF Commodore only by virtue of stickers, decals, and some bodywork creases.
The 2013 Holden Racing Team car wears new livery that includes a reprisal of Holden’s “Red Lion” emblem on the hood, bronze wheels, and a bundle of sponsorship decals. The two cars will be driven by Garth Tander and James Courtney in this year’s V8 Supercars Championship.
The Chevrolet SS, meanwhile, will make its NASCAR debut this weekend at the Daytona 500 race. The event also will herald the public introduction of the 2014 Chevrolet SS road car, which will largely mirror the VF Commodore SS-V show car unveiled earlier this week.
So, now that you’ve seen two race cars “based” on the VF Commodore, tell us your favorite — the “stock” VF Commodore for V8 Supercars, or the Chevy SS for NASCAR?
Source: Holden Racing Team
By Jake Holmes