Toyota considering V8 Supercars?
15TH OCTOBER 2004
Japanese automotive giant Toyota is reportedly considering an entry to the V8 Supercar Series following AVESCO's recent announcement that the time is right to look at additional manufacturers for the series.
AVESCO boss Tony Cochrane chose the venue of the pre-event press conference for the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000k to announce that the series, which has been open to just Holden and Ford since its 1993 inception, is big enough to start looking to other possible entrants.
The major stumbling block to any potential entrant is that an Australian manufactured four-door saloon is required, and it must be powered by a pushrod V8 engine.
Other than Holden and Ford there are two major automotive manufacturers in Australia, Toyota and Mitsubishi, but neither currently has a V8 powered model on sale.
Toyota's Australian manufactured saloon is the Camry, whilst Mitsubishi has the Magna. With the Mitsubishi parent company currently embroiled in a number of recall issues, and not thought to be in fine financial health, it is unlikely that they would be currently interested in entering, although there is a four-wheel drive version of the Magna, which would make any conversion to rear-wheel drive easier.
Toyota, however, is cash-rich and as well as its Formula One programme it has made inroads into the GM vs Ford NASCAR series in the US with an entry in the Craftsman Truck series.
“We've certainly looked at all aspects of competing in V8 Supercars,” Toyota Australia's motorsport manager Phil Galaway told local motorsport publication, Auto Action. “It's not a new issue and a number of studies have been done over the last few years.”
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