The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, formerly V8 Supercars Championship, is widely regarded as one of the best and most entertaining motorsport categories in the world. It is the third most attended and fourth most watched sport in Australia; and growing at a rapid pace. From 2017, Supercars will open up to allow a greater range of brands and models of race car in to the sport. The sport will maintain its high-octane, dynamic racing, but with the opportunity for brands to branch out and include new engine and body configurations alongside the current V8 engines. All cars will be subject to aero and parity rules, and will continue to be loud and high powered, irrespective of engine configuration. The Gen2 Supercar model – announced December 2014 – is designed to be more relevant to manufacturers, race teams, sponsors and fans, while continuing to deliver edge-of-your-seat entertainment.