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Ultimate Geek

# 248528 29-Mar-2019 15:47
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Since there is a Formula One thread, I thought I'd start a Supercars thread for 2019.


Please use this thread to discuss the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.




And what a start it has been!


A new body shape into the competition with the arrival of the Ford Mustang to race\compete along side the Holden ZB Commodore and Nissan Altima. Although there are 3 brands in the series, they are all body panels over a control Car Of The Future (COTF) chassis. Both Ford and Holden provide 'factory' support to teams, but in 2019 there is n Nissan factory support for Kelly Racing running the Altima's


2 events into the 15 event calendar and a lot has happened already.


The Mustang's have dominated the first two events at Adelaide and the Melbourne F1 GP.


Following this domination, all 3 cars (Holden\Ford\Nissan) had a center of gravity test conducted Post Melbourne. All cars must comply with the categories 1395kg minimum weight, and rumours were circulating that some of the Mustang teams had heavy silencers in the exhaust setup of the car. Some reports had these at around 25kg's as opposed to the others of around 4kg's


 A ruling from Supercars earlier this week has mandated a change to both the Commodore and the Mustang. Reports\rumours suggest this could be as much as adding nearly 7kg to the roof line of the Commodore and unconfirmed reports of as much as 30kgs to the Mustang.


Below is the story on Supercars about the change


Ford teams aren't overly happy




Prior to this change, there were no ruling around where the ballast\weight had to be carried. Supercars did conduct Aerodynamic parity testing between the 3 cars prior to the season starting.


Also add into this mix the banning of a twin spring setup some teams were using to great affect, most notably the Red Bull Holden Racing Team.


And just today Supercars have announced that for the next round at Tasmania, once Qualifying has finished, the cars will be in parc ferme, limiting the changes that can be made.


And if that's not enough, with the way the 2019 calendar is, the 4th round at Philip Island is the weekend after Tassie.


Bring on the rest of the season!

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Ultimate Geek

  # 2207149 29-Mar-2019 16:03
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The introduction of the Stang has certainly made the 2019 season more interesting!


Look forward to seeing if the changes imposed will make much of a difference.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 2207158 29-Mar-2019 16:24
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It certainly has!


The new parc ferme rule around no setup changes between qualifying and the race at Tasmania will be interesting. 


Do you have a car that is quick in qualifying only to be hampered in race conditions, or vice versa and risk being 'in the pack' through the first 3 tighter corners and the run to 4. We all know what happened 2 years ago!


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Ultimate Geek

  # 2211157 5-Apr-2019 10:12
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News from the Supercars Trackside episode last night concerning the Centre of Gravity (COG) changes..


The Holden ZB Commodore has had 6.5 Kg's of weight added to the roof line in the form of Lead block


The Ford Mustang has had 28 Kg's added to sections of the roll bar of the mustang.  One would assume the cars still meet the categories minimum weight of 1395, so this weight added higher in the car has come off the ballast the cars carried lower.

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