The V8 Supercars series is a touring car racing category based largely in Australia. While the drivers and teams are predominantly Australian, the series is run as an International series under FIA regulations and takes in races from Australia, New Zealand, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.
What makes the V8 Supercars series unique is the tribal aspect associated with the teams. All of the teams in V8 Supercars fall under the Holden or Ford banner. There are many teams within these groupings, but all cars on the V8 Supercar circuit will be either Ford or Holden.
Too ensure fair racing V8 Supercars introduced what is known as ‘Project Blueprint’. This stated that all specifications within the cars must fall within certain parameters, to ensure fair racing between the two makes. Some of the rules enforced under ‘Project Blueprint’ include weight and power restrictions. However that doesn’t stop these V8 monsters reaching speeds of around 300 kmh.
The biggest event on the V8 calendar is the Bathurst 1000. Bathurst is one of the truly unique car races found anywhere in the world. Held in October each year, Bathurst pits a driver’s skill, patience, attention and nerve against a massive mountain in a 1000 km endurance event. One of the more memorable sights in Australian sport is a V8 Supercar flying down Mountain Straight.