I know the timing would be tight but if Ford had its act together and was getting the cars homologated now then it would stand a chance at running a Barra at Bathurst. Previous years have seen the new model Falcon/Commondore debut at Bathurst and it would be great to see it happen this year. The car is due to be launched October sometime which would put it right in the Bathurst time slot. Surely Guys like DJR would already have new test cars to play with wouldnt they? All they really need is a shell and some doors and a dash so it isnt like all the normal testing would hold them up.
I have heard of no plans to change the format of the V8's (5 litre live rear axle) so they would just have to throw all the usual running gear in it (sounds easy doesn't it?).
Maybe I am just dreaming..... Polites... make it true.
Personally I don't think they will use an AV for Bathurst, it's got to pass all the rules and regs. Ford might actually have one on show, heres hoping, along with the rest of the AV lineup.
As XWJG34 said they will probably use them in next years series.
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If you cast your minds back though I can recall a few new Ford models that debuted at Bathurst only ready for the next season. One year it was Sandown and Bathurst that the new car ran at but I dont remember which model. I have sweet f all of reliable photos of the new car and am hangin...... it better not be a shitbox or I am gonna be pissed.
Snaggs, you say they are shoehorning the old windsors in.... you will find that the ohc motors take up much more room than the ohv motors. That is why GM like the chev so much. It is actually quite a small motor for a 5.7litre (shitbox).
Truth be known I have seen a lot of manufacturers go ohc and dohc and not seem to get huge horsepower rises.. I would be interested to see what would happen if Ford re-engineered the Windsor (or clevo) to 2002 standards with all the gear that theses new motors have live trick inlet runners etc and fancy pance head designs and just see what hp it would make.
The rules no longer allow for a homologation of a new car when the season is underway, avesco admit they stuffed up when they let the VT commodore run when the season was already almost over and will not allow this to happen again. The first time you will see the Barra in the V8 supercars will be next season.