Red Bull Holden Racing Team today unveiled its new Commodore Supercar at a reveal event on a barge in Sydney Harbour.
Reigning champ Whincup says the new car is an exciting challenge, though the visual livery change is something he’s pleased with too.
“In my world, I consider today a very big deal. We’re not only showing our supporters our 2018 livery, we’re unveiling the new-look, next-generation Commodore supercar. It’s pretty special to be able to do that in this incredible setting,” Whincup says.
“We’ve decided to really change it up with the colour scheme this year, which looks awesome on the new body shape. We’re obviously hoping it’s a rocket, but I guess we’ll find out in Adelaide in just a few weeks’ time.”
He says the new car hasn’t changed his mind about sticking around as a driver for the foreseeable future.
“I’ve been with Triple Eight for a long time now and we’ve achieved a lot together, but at the same time still feel we have so much more to prove.
“I’m rapt to be staying within the family for at least the next couple of seasons and massively looking forward to the challenges that the new Commodore and then the V6 engine next year will present.”
Van Gisbergen added that he’s looking forward to make 2018 a more successful year for himself than 2017 was.
“The guys and girls at Triple Eight have been working crazy hard to get our cars ready for the season, so hopefully we can do them and the Commodore nameplate proud this year.
“Last year’s championship obviously didn’t go to plan for me with too many mistakes, so I’ll be aiming to get back up there this season and hopefully we have two Red Bull Holdens fighting it out for the title at Newcastle.”
The cars will debut at the Adelaide 500 at the first weekend of March.