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Could we see a 6th manufacturer added to V8 Supercars as early as next season?

With Volvo, Mercedes-AMG and Nissan all getting a taste of success early in the 2014 season, V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton told Speedcafe the interest of other marques may have been piqued.

“We’ll be doing an update to all manufacturers, reaching out over the course of the next month with where we’re heading, what we’re about and what the evolution is,” Warburton said.

“We’re just opening up dialogue,” he said.

Ford V8 Supercars

There’s been speculation that Toyota could be circling, but those rumours have been quickly quashed.

Toyota Australia product public relations manager Stephen Coughlan said, “We have absolutely no intention of playing in that space”.

Concerns have also been raised over the future of both Ford and Holden in the championship, with the cessation of local manufacturing taking centre stage.

Holden and Red Bull Racing Australia have extended their partnership, signing a multi-year deal. It’s understood the deal will see the team on the track until at least the end of 2017, when local production of the Commodore grinds to a halt.

Holden Redbull 1

GM Holden Motorsport and Sponsorship Manager Simon McNamara says the partnership has been a successful one.

“Holden is proud to extend its championship-winning partnership with Red Bull Racing Australia,” he said.

The questions now are, will Holden continue its V8 Supercars fight with an imported Commodore, replace it with a completely different model, or exit the sport altogether at the end of 2017? And will Ford replace the Falcon with a new nameplate when local manufacturing shuts down at the end of 2016?

What manufacturer would you like to see join the V8 Supercars grid?




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