Car of the Future test program changed
V8 Supercars has changed its Car of the Future testing program, cancelling the planned group test that was scheduled for Queensland Raceway in August.
V8 Supercars issued a statement confirming the amended testing plans, addressing the concerns from teams that they would not be ready for the August test as they juggle the Car of the Future builds with their 2012 racing schedules.
Instead of the one test date, there will now be two separate testing periods, one for the eight accredited Car of the Future build teams, who will have two days of testing at their discretion, and a second phase giving all teams additional days to complete their testing requirements.
"Relaxing the existing strict testing regulations allows the teams to determine their own programs to fit their current racing obligations and new car phase-in period," said V8 Supercar Commission Chairman and Car of the Future architect Mark Skaife.
"It will also assist V8 Supercars to determine model parity as part of the fine-tuning process for each of the three makes – Ford, Holden and Nissan.
"It may well be that some teams will be ready to test within the next two months while others may prefer to wait until later in the year depending on their respective workloads.
"The Commission was unanimous in allowing greater flexibility as we are all striving towards a common goal. We want our fans to continue to enjoy high quality racing and our teams to be able to build, operate and repair cars on a more efficient platform."
While some teams are close to completing their first Car of the Future prototypes, others have yet to finalise their program for the new regulations.
"This is the biggest change to our technical regulations for 20 years and given the magnitude of the CotF project, which opens the door to new players, it's going really well," Skaife added.
"The two CotF prototypes have been on the track for over a year and have now completed 15 days of testing for a total of almost 8000 kilometres.
"Now the durability and validation process has been completed we're concentrating on aerodynamic testing to maintain our existing vehicle aero parity for the new model introduction.
"The latest batch of team-built cars will be on track by late August as the first full implementation phase begins."
Car of the Future will be implemented from the start of the 2013 season.
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