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Old 06-15-2002, 10:54   #1 (permalink)
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AU2/3 Will Be a Pariah

Seeing as Ford continues to race the AU1, and with the AV (or whatever it's called) racing next year, the AU2/3 will never have been raced in Supercars.

AP is majorly disappointed, although I now know I will seldom watch V8 Supercars anyhow since it's as bad as F1 with one team winning all the time.

I don't care if Holdens continue to win more races, however I want to see a variety of winners.

I think Ford have been naive in continuing to race the AU1.
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Does it really make that much of a difference? The body shell hasn't changed with the XR's, with the exception of the spoilers.
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Exactly... I think the only thing that would change would be the taillights... so why bother.
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I tend to agree AP,

I believe that it was a mistake to continue racing the AUI. Though the AUII is definately more popular on the road it still could have done with the boost that racing it would have provided.
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I agree with Aussie Pete. The use of the AUII grille & headlight surrounds would have been nice. After all, Holden use VX headlights....

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Whats even worse is that so far no one in a AU has ever won a Bathurst race or championship.

However the AU2/AU3 is actually being raced - it's just that Ford won't change the front bumper/grill.
If you look closely at Lowndes's car you will notice that it has AU2 tail lights and boot garnish.
The structure is also AU2 aswell - if you look closely at the B-pillars from the inside you will notice that they are actually thicker than the AU1, which is an area where Ford improved side impact safety on the AU2.
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Does it really make that much of a difference? The body shell hasn't changed with the XR's, with the exception of the spoilers.
I VERY MUCH disagree. That's like saying the AU1 and AU2/3 XRs on the road are hardly changed. The fact is the headlight surrounds and three bar grille make a huge difference to the looks of the car (namely it makes the car look more aggressive and masculine). On the racecar the bottom spoiler wouldn't change - just the grille and headlight surrounds. Sounds minor, but I'll bet it would look HEAPS better.

Besides, isn't V8 Supercars a marketing tool? How long has it been since AU1 was on a dealer's lot as a new car?

AU1 looks like this:

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Gotta agree with AP here, would be nice to see the AU2/3 in the V8 Super cars. While i don't mind the AU1, Ford should go with what they have the latest.
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Yes & No.

The change for V8Supercars would have only amounted to grill & headlight surrounds ( & tailights?) so I don't know why they didn't bother, but...

I reckon only the hardcore Ford enthusiasts (ie. us) would have noticed anyway, not the 99% of punters. Especially under the teams colour schemes. So I don't think it really matters.

As for the AU 2/3 shell being used I hardly think that matters either. Have a look in the latest Street Machine magazine. It has an article showing the Barg's Commodore being put back together after it's BIG shunt. All V8Supercars are basically a floorpan (which some people tell me is now common ???) and a cage. The panels (sides/roof/guards/doors/boot/bonnet etc) all go on from there. V8Supercar is already largely a silohette formula and becoming more so each passing year.
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