- Series planning to run two Gen3 prototypes by August 2021
- Distribution disruption led to delay of Gen3
- Rollout in 2023 was mooted, but teams and officials decided against it
The Australian Supercars series has revealed that its next generation of cars, known as Gen3, will make their debut mid-way through the 2022 season, in August.
The series is planning to run two Gen3 prototypes - one Ford Mustang and one Chevrolet Camaro - by August this year in order to meet this deadline.
The introduction of this new generation of Supercars has been the subject of controversy, with teams uncertain that a Gen3 car would be ready for the start of the 2022 season, the original deadline.
A delay to 2023 was mooted, however teams and series officials decided to introduce Gen3 in the 2022 season, even if it was not possible from the start.
‘Supercars has today confirmed the Gen3 race cars are targeted for inclusion in the Repco Supercars Championship in August 2022,’ read a statement from the series.
‘Following challenges with international supply chains and ongoing domestic disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the decision has been made to ensure a seamless introduction of the new platform at that time.
‘The preparation and building of the Gen3 race cars will still be conducted as quickly as possible and the completion of the Camaro and Mustang prototypes are a key short-term focus.
‘The additional time will be used to thoroughly test new components prior to introduction, particularly those that must be sourced from outside of Australia.
‘Regardless of the above, Supercars remains committed to unveiling the prototype Gen3 cars to fans as soon as possible. The prototypes will have regular outings at all Supercars events in the lead up to racing next year.’
One of the changes that will be introduced for the Gen3 cars include the switch to an electronic gear shift system, although it is still uncertain whether this will be a stick shift or paddle shift.
The 2021 Supercars season continues on 18th June at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin, Australia.