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Camaro overtakes Commodore for Supercars 2022

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After decades battling the blue oval on Australian racetracks, the Holden Commodore will be replaced by GM’s Camaro to take on Ford’s Mustang in the 2022 Supercars season.

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As the Red Lion gears up for its final Bathurst 1000 before the iconic Australian brand is “retired”, General Motors has confirmed its intentions to remain in the touring car series.

Racing in the Supercars’ Gen3, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will go head-to-head with the Ford Mustang, the car in which DJR Penske star Scott McLaughlin has won the past three championships.

Supercars boss Sean Seamer said the new vehicles will revert to being more closely aligned to a road car and include a range of new design features.

“We are thrilled to welcome a brand new race car design to the track in 2022,” he said.

“The cars will retain their signature V8 engine format to ensure they’re fast and loud, but will be ‘hybrid ready’ and more closely resemble the road cars they are based on.

“These are incredible-looking race cars that give a nod to the Supercar of the past, with as much attention given to the design and appearance of the cars as the new technologies.”

Triple Eight, led by legendary seven-time champion Jamie Whincup, will make the switch from Commodores to Camaros.

Commodores will remain on the Supercars grid next season, but not in an official capacity, with General Motors to retire Holden at the end of this year.

“We loved every minute of our 51-year involvement through Holden,” General Motors’ Australia managing director Kristian Aquilina said.

“There will never be another Holden, but we now welcome Camaro to the stage and hopefully a whole new generation of fans with it.”

-with AAP

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