The dominant Holden Racing Team looks set to be the first to get its hands on Holden's new VY Commodore, with the team expected to 'debut' the new car as early as October - well before final homologation is approved.
However, it won't be a full race version hitting the track, but a mock-up of next year's racecar to be shown at the Sydney Motor Show.
"Yes, it's true Holden has asked the team to do a mock-up of next year's racecar in time for the Motor Show," confirmed HRT PR
manager Paul Weissel.
The project was also confirmed by Holden Motorsport boss John Stevenson, who added that the VY racecar won't look all that dissimilar from the current VX, with most of the major changes under the skin.
"Externally it will look similar - the air ducts will look the same, the brake ducts will look the same, even the grill and headlights will be similar," said Stevenson. "However there'll be a different look around the front bumper corners.
"The major changes, though, will be what you can't see - double wishbone suspension instead of Macpherson strut, a new cylinder head and new engine block."
Stevenson is expecting supplies of the new engine block to arrive from the US in August, with aero tests of the VY racecar for homologation approval to be conducted in late November or early December.
Sorry about the quality of the pic as i'm inexperienced with scanners
An artist's impression of HRT's mock-up VY Commodore racecar