Supercars confirms additional technical performance measures for future

23 Oct
Supercars has committed to wind tunnel testing for the first time
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  • Transient dynamometer testing will take place in Melbourne next month

  • Two current Supercars will be sent to North Carolina in Supercars-first aero test

  • Supercars expanding resourcing with Technical Category Director, Senior Data Engineer roles

Supercars can confirm multiple world-best testing initiatives regarding testing and data capture have been approved to advance technical understandings for all competitors in the Repco Supercars Championship.

Transient Dynamometer testing will take place in Melbourne next month and will involve back-to-back testing of the Gen3 Ford and Chevrolet engine units, to provide a detailed understanding of how the two different power units compare on key performance metrics using a full engine and drivetrain installation.

Supercars has been working with international Dynamometer experts from the United States and Europe on obtaining key parts and equipment required for the bespoke testing of the two engines.

Further to that, it can be confirmed that two current Supercars, owned by Homologation Teams Triple Eight Race Engineering (Chevrolet Camaro) and Dick Johnson Racing (Ford Mustang) will be sent to the Windshear Wind Tunnel Testing Facility in North Carolina in December, for a world-first aerodynamic test for Supercars.

It can also be confirmed that torque sensors have arrived in Australia and will be used to measure installed engine/powertrain performance which can then be correlated back to the static and transient dyno validation.

In line with the additional technical testing initiatives, Supercars is expanding its internal resourcing by introducing key roles within the organisation: Technical Category Director and Senior Data Engineer.

Supercars CEO Shane Howard said: “These are worlds-best practice measures we are implementing and have been approved after months of discussions, research and data analysis.


“Supercars has never undertaken full scale wind tunnel testing previously, however with the introduction of Gen3 has come the most significant change in the history of the sport.

“As a technical parity category, we strive to ensure that we can provide as much information as possible to teams that are now using more control components than ever.

“By implementing these changes and carrying out these tests, our goal is to provide teams and our Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) with as much data as possible to produce best outcomes for those competing in our Championship.”

The testing endeavours are the culmination of months of work by Supercars, including a trip to the United States in August by senior management who met with senior representatives from NASCAR, Ford and General Motors.

Howard commented on those meetings by stating: “We engaged in productive discussions with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and NASCAR.

“Our discussions with NASCAR have helped us to map out our testing program at the Windshear facility.

“With these tests now confirmed, the objective now is to embark on a long-term assessment program in close collaboration with all relevant parties. This program will set unprecedented benchmarks and align Supercars with world-best practice, ensuring the category's growth and success.” 

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