THE Redbull Holden Racing Team has today revealed its new ZB Commodore-based Supercar for the 2018 season. It’s the first time we’ve seen the new imported, front-wheel drive Commodore in racing guise and the car was unveiled by current Supercars Champion Jamie Whincup and Shane Van Gisbergen on Sydney Harbor this morning.
While the production model is front or four-wheel drive and four-cylinder or V6-powered depending on the trim level, the race car is as always rear-drive and based around the Car Of The Future architecture that has underpinned all Supercars for the last few years. This universal platform is what has allowed the likes of Nissan and Volvo to enter race cars based on front-drive road cars into the sport previously.
Redbull tested a new twin-turbo V6 powerplant at Bathurst in 2017 with a couple of non-competitive exhibition laps, however for this season they will stick to the traditional tried and tested 5.0-litre V8 and bring in the new motor for full-time duties next year after more extensive testing.
What do you think of the new livery and the ZB Commodore as a race car?