Ride Along as Holden Tests The New Twin-Turbo V6 Race Motor

With the death of the V8 motivated Commodore SS comes the demise of the venerable Australian V8 Supercar motor.

The series is set to switch to twin-turbo V6 motivation in 2019 and Holden is hard at work prepping the new race motor, which it says will debut on track as a wildcard entry at some point next year.

To do that, Craig Lowndes and the Triple Eight racing team dropped the new mill into the Holden Sandman demo car and took it hot lapping at Norwell Motorplex, half way between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Most noticeable is a lack of turbo whistles and whines, as the V6 seemingly retains some of the original V8s rumble and throaty base without trying to too hard to mimic the original sound.

Red Bull Holden boss Roland Dane told Australia’s Motor Magazine the engine was basically fully developed before it even arrived in Australia.

“A huge amount of work has been done already, both at GM Racing in Pontiac, Michigan and also here in Queensland,” said Dane.

“There aren’t any advantages or disadvantages to running the engine in the Sandman for what we’re doing at the moment.

“It’s about getting kilometers on the engine and understanding what it needs at this point to prepare it for racing in Supercars.”