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within and if we could get assistance from them with
that, well, that’s indirectly worth money to you.
Even though the FG X is still very competitive,
from a marketing perspective you really don’t
want to be running it for more than another year,
It’s a bigger picture than that. Supercars has been very
interested in having the Mustang approved. If they had
their way, Mustang would be on the track next year. But
it’s not a case of just changing a few panels; there’s a very
large aero task behind it.
And for the reasons we’ve just discussed, Supercars
would be very keen to have the Ford endorsement
behind it. Talking with my Supercars hat on, the rules
were changed to allow two-door coupes like the Mus-
tang and I think it would be good to see that happen so
it’s reflecting what’s happening out on the road.
If and when you switch to the Mustang, would you
be sticking with the tried and true five-litre V8
rather than a twin-turbo V6?
Look, first off, now you’re asking me a question I feel
very passionate about. This sport is about a brand and
the brand is the V8 – and I don’t mind going against the
grain on this.
It’s all very well for the entity to change its name to
just Supercars, but everyone – the fans, the media, the
teams – still refers to them as V8s. And while it’s great
for the other brands like Nissan to be involved, blue
versus red is still the foundation of this sport. It’s all
about the branding.
Car of the Future was a big project that took a lot of
years achieve and then the next steps have gone for-
ward with Gen2, but I’m a strong advocate that we stay
V8s. It’s all very well to change body shapes but allowing
other engine configurations as well is too much change
all at once.
We run the danger of losing sight of what we do best.
We’ve been down this road in touring cars once before
and it didn’t work here. Our current engine is an old-
style pushrod V8, but in the future we’d more than likely
be heading down the Coyote quad-cam engine route.
So you think it was a mistake get rid of the V8
I think it was right for Supercars to go to the market
and speak to the manufacturers and as a result broaden
eligibility with the Gen2 rules. The good thing is that
manufacturers know that’s an option going forward.
But it’s fair to say we haven’t seen all those alternate
manufacturers jumping out of their skins to get in the
game. So I think as much as we’ve opened it up, you can
revisit anything at any time.
But because we haven’t seen any new manufactur-
ers attracted by Gen2, I would like to see it close back
up again to just V8s. I’d like the commission to reverse
those decisions and stick with V8s. Get rid of the turbo
V6s. I don’t profess to be an engine expert, but we’ve
seen what happened in F1. Turbo engines haven’t
reduced costs – far from it – and we live in a country with
vast temperature differences and temperature has a big
bearing on the performance of turbocharged engines.
The last thing we want to do is introduce disparities.
Our parity rules are great and the cars are so reliable.
You wouldn’t want to see engines failing. There’s just
too much change, in my opinion.
Is it too late to change? You’ll be in a position of
influence now that you’re on the Supercars board.
I think we’ve probably missed that timeframe
because it’d been unfair to Holden. I’m on
the board to represent what’s good for
the category, not my personal agenda.
Given that we already have a team
developing a twin-turbo V6 for a
particular manufacturer, I think
to turn that off now wouldn’t be
Nonetheless, going forward,
I think it’s something we need
to keep a very close eye on and if
for some reason it became clear we
were going down the wrong road,
well then, we have to be prepared to
change that. It’s what you do as a business.
You just have to grin and bear it, and not worry
about saving a bit of face. If it means protecting the
business, then that’s the decision that should be made.
V8s are going to remain the most prevalent
engine, so why not go back to calling it V8
Correct. The competition has never been
closer or stronger. We are a road show and
we have to remember that we’re about
providing entertainment. We’re not
the touring cars of old. I’m not taking
anything away from that, but we’re a
modern-day road show and the thun-
deliver to the fans.
Add the noise factor to the parity
between all the cars and it’s a great
show. That to me is what we have
to concentrate on rather than get
bogged down with technical argu-
ments. It’s about what’s best for
the sport. We need to recognise
what is powerful with what we’re
IS ABOUT A BRAND
AND THE BRAND IS
MIND GOING AGAINST
THE GRAIN ON THIS.”
Nash is in favour of
keeping the V8 engine
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