V8 Supercar racers Garth Tander and Warren Luff have unveiled the new Star Wars-themed Commodore they’ll use in their assault on the 2015 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama.
The unveiling follows news last month that Holden and Disney - which bought Lucasfilm, the studio behind the Star Wars franchise, in 2012 - had teamed up to promote the coming The Force Awakens film.
The duo’s blacked-out new livery is inspired by The Force Awakens’ Empire-replacing First Order, with a new-design Stormtrooper on one side and lightsaber-wielding antagonist Kylo Ren on the other.
To take victory in the ‘Great Race’ next month, Tander and Luff will want better aim than the average stormtrooper’s - and, with their 2014 car destroyed in a practice session, the pair will be hoping Kylo Ren’s connection with the Force is strong this year.
Tander is no stranger to victory at ‘The Mountain’, however, with 1st-place finishes in 2000, 2009 and 2011.
“HRT is the most successful team ever at Mt Panorama and to carry the iconic film franchise on the car is extra incentive to add another Bathurst win to my tally,” Tander said at today’s unveiling.
“This is one battle I want the dark side to win.”
The Star Wars-liveried Commodore will make its debut when Bathurst 1000 practice gets underway on October 8. The event will cover the October 8-11 weekend.
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