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Supercars hires new Gen3 designer


A Gen3 specification Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in WAU livery

Supercars has assembled its team behind the scenes to work on the controversial Gen3 project, Speedcafe.com has learned.

It is believed that a third designer was recently hired to work specifically on Gen3 as the category moves forward given the widespread uncertainty.

A number of teams claim they have been left in the dark about details. A senior paddock even said the only developments they hear about the next generation car are from Speedcafe.com.

The general fear of the issue led to a crisis meeting in Sydney next Tuesday, provided that the COVID-19 situation in the capital of New South Wales does not worsen.

Serious doubts have been expressed about the feasibility of Gen3 vehicles coming out next year in the usual February / March slot for a season opener.

Rumored alternatives include a delayed start to the 2022 calendar – an option that Supercars has postponed to shutdown – a Gen3 rollout mid-year or a full postponement to 2023.

Dick Johnson Racing and Triple Eight Race Engineering are again the designated homologation teams for Ford and General Motors for Gen3, respectively.

While DJR is still up to date on the matter, Triple Eight has been far more vocal. Future team boss Jamie Whincup insisted that Gen3 be 100 percent deployed by 2022.

Supercars appears to be taking a similar stance in light of its recent recruitment.

One of the designers to work on the project is the internationally renowned engineer John Russell.

In addition to his experience with various Supercars teams, including Triple Eight and Tickford Racing (then Ford Performance Racing), Russell was previously represented in the Formula 1 paddock.

While the Gen3 debate rages on in the background, supercars will return to the track tomorrow for the opening day of the OTR SuperSprint in Tailem Bend.

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