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V8 Supercars: Lexus evaluating joining the grid when new regulations kick in after 2017

Fox Sports
29 October 2017
www.news.com.au

Would you like to see this car on the V8 Supercars grid?

The car pictured is the Lexus RC F GT3, a V8-powered version of the road-going RC 350 model that is set to hit showrooms in Australia next month.

A car just like it could be coming to the grid in 2017, with Lexus Australia evaluating a tilt at entering V8 Supercars.

“I would have shut the door on motorsport a year ago, particularly V8 Supercar racing in terms of a promotion, marketing and brand exercise,” Lexus Australia boss Sean Hanley told Fairfax.

“But I think the door is slightly open.”

Propping it ajar is the prospect of what V8 officials are calling the ‘Gen 2 Supercar’ platform, set to replace the existing ‘Next Generation’ V8 Supercars in three years’ time.

Currently, the two-door coupe would not be allowed to enter the category as only four-door sedans are allowed, but that is expected to change with the arrival of the new platform.

“We will be opening up power plants, door configurations and the like,” V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton told the Daily Telegraph last week.

“We have put together a package after talking to existing manufacturers about what they want to see in the sport and also other manufacturers about what they need to get involved.

“We need a framework to suit the car industry. Decisions are now made overseas and we need to adapt. We have to be relevant for existing manufacturer and we need to attract new manufacturers.”

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V8 supercars are so exiting. Its sad to see the series go down with foreign makers, but Ausie made their beds, its time for them to lay on them.
I'm sure you meant exciting, but exiting works better.

What the punters want is Commodore vs Falcon. This can never be the case again so they have to attract others and Lexus is as good a choice as any - at least they are right wheel drive.

Unfortunately the passion will be gone and the crowds will flatline. It will be like the Bathurst 12 hour - great racing on a great track in front of 7 spectators and a couple of cows. Aussies can passionately support two homegrown marques, the passion will be gone except for a few Nissan and Toyota fans. I can't imagine there are a lot of people getting around at V8supercar events in Erabus Racing jackets.
 
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With the way next years telecast schedule is looking I will only watch 3 races and go to the Clipsal. It'll be a cold day at the Lodge (And I don't mean Canberra Cold :D ) before I get Foxtel.

I'll just head out and support grassroots motorsport instead
 

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I will probably watch 5 Litre touring cars if they get the category racing. My nephew has a few cars that can race in that but whether he will do that or put them in a museum I don't know but I suspect he will keep one as an active vehicle.
 

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With the way next years telecast schedule is looking I will only watch 3 races and go to the Clipsal. It'll be a cold day at the Lodge (And I don't mean Canberra Cold :D ) before I get Foxtel.

I'll just head out and support grassroots motorsport instead
After the closure of Holden manufacturing, this will be your lot if you cannot afford the high end machinery from Europe

 

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I'm sure you meant exciting, but exiting works better.

What the punters want is Commodore vs Falcon. This can never be the case again so they have to attract others and Lexus is as good a choice as any - at least they are right wheel drive.

Unfortunately the passion will be gone and the crowds will flatline. It will be like the Bathurst 12 hour - great racing on a great track in front of 7 spectators and a couple of cows. Aussies can passionately support two homegrown marques, the passion will be gone except for a few Nissan and Toyota fans. I can't imagine there are a lot of people getting around at V8supercar events in Erabus Racing jackets.
I saw plenty of support for Mercedes/Erebus at Bathurst. Lots more supporting Nissan and Volvo/GRM. But of course the greatest support was Ford/Holden fans.
'There's every chance from 2017 there won't just be V8s in the series. The support the Bathurst 12 hour is getting as people start turning their backs on the V8s going to pay TV (and delayed telecast on free apart from 6 events) could lead people to appreciate cars with different engine types in the Supercars.
 

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I really hope you are right. My favourite era of Australian Touring Cars was the late 70's to early eighties when Holden and Ford ran against Celicas, Rx-3's and BMWs.
 

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Sounds like V8 SC used the NASCAR formula of "change what works". I haven't been a fan for over a decade. The V8 SC at least has the option of going to 2-door models, maybe Ford can hold on to some of their fans by racing Mustangs. What will Holden do? Holden Camaro?
 

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I really hope you are right. My favourite era of Australian Touring Cars was the late 70's to early eighties when Holden and Ford ran against Celicas, Rx-3's and BMWs.
Me too, including the GTR XU1 era and I have a faint recollection of the Monaro's.

But this is burned into my memory forever.... we all thought he had to be dead; when you see the helmet coming down directly on the fence line...



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I really hope you are right. My favourite era of Australian Touring Cars was the late 70's to early eighties when Holden and Ford ran against Celicas, Rx-3's and BMWs.
I liked watching BTCC British touring cars because of the "spread" of cars racing
and for V8 super cars with the "demise" of the V8 sedan to base it on a car of the future HAD to happen and as soon as that happened / here we are now with anything/everything being used as a race car
 

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V8SC - Bring back the 'Touring Cars' formula (or Group C) and you'll keep me as a fan. But then a modern 'Touring Cars' will probably be a 3.2Lt V6 FWD - Don't think that'll work. Looks like I'll be watching the Masters and Speedway. Good-bye V8SC. When Holden goes, I'm gone
 

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Lexus RC ???? What's that? Their Remote Control job?

Me too, including the GTR XU1 era and I have a faint recollection of the Monaro's.

But this is burned into my memory forever.... we all thought he had to be dead; when you see the helmet coming down directly on the fence line...


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Bill Brown ? He had a huge shunt in another Bathurst race as well.
 

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I actually don't mind the racing at the moment even though I've never been a dedicated V8SC fan. This last season has actually been pretty exciting. I've even been going for some of the Fords and Rick Kellys Nissan just to see some underdogs get up. Some of the talent of the young guys is pretty good.

But yeah, Foxtel can cram it in their cram hole. I don't mind paying for good TV (I paid for Speed channel to watch GT1 and even the US Rolex Series) but the **** that comes with a Foxtel subscription just doesn't cut it. I don't want to pay to prop up demand of Law&Order (nee Bored and Boreder) or CSI. And now I don't pay them a cent.
 

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I'm sure you meant exciting, but exiting works better.

What the punters want is Commodore vs Falcon. This can never be the case again so they have to attract others and Lexus is as good a choice as any - at least they are right wheel drive.

Unfortunately the passion will be gone and the crowds will flatline. It will be like the Bathurst 12 hour - great racing on a great track in front of 7 spectators and a couple of cows. Aussies can passionately support two homegrown marques, the passion will be gone except for a few Nissan and Toyota fans. I can't imagine there are a lot of people getting around at V8supercar events in Erabus Racing jackets.
Jesus, I met more Aussies at the 24h race in Germany, and cows. ;)

 
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