Just one day after the official unveiling of the all-new 2013 VF Commodore, Holden’s official racing team – Holden Racing Team (HRT) has today taken the wraps off the racing version of the VF Commodore.
The team’s new racer car was revealed by V8 Supercars Champions, Garth Tander and James Courtney at Holden’s headquarters in Melbourne. Built to the new V8 Supercars’ Car of the Future regulations, the HRT VF commodore boasts a striking new livery that sees the return of the traditional Holden Lion logo to the bonnet of the car for the first time in three years.
“With VF Commodore, we wanted to create a fresh statement and strived for a combination of precise cutting-edge graphics and an instantly recognisable HRT look and presence. HRT traditions infused with a contemporary execution,” Holden Design Manager Peter Hughes said while explaining the new HRT design.
“We wanted to keep VF’s the bold front graphic design as pure as possible, so the whole front end remains predominantly white. The imposing black and gold HRT logo dominates the side of the car while the return of the Holden Lion on the bonnet is something all HRT fans will love. The rear of the car completes the new look in a brilliant bright red,” Hughes continued.
Holden Racing Team Managing Director, Steve Hallam was equally impressed with the VF Commodore.
“Today is the culmination of an extremely co-operative and productive 12-month development program involving Holden Motorsport ( HRT’s parent company), Walkinshaw Racing and Triple Eight Race Engineering,” Hallam said.
“The new VF Commodore looks fantastic – it’s very different to VE and marks the beginning of a new chapter in HRT’s history,” he said.
The HRT VF Commodore will see its first action at Sydney Motorsport Park on February 16 for the start of the official pre-season testing, before the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship opening race at Adelaide’s Clipsal 500 from February 28 to March 3.
The new 2013 Holden VF Commodore is said to be the most technologically advanced vehicle the company has ever built.
“The VF Commodore really is a class above,” said Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mike Devereux at the car’s official launch yesterday in Melbourne. “No other car created in Australia is as technologically advanced, and we’re very proud that not only was the VF designed and engineered here, but it will also be exported to the USA for GM’s biggest global brand, Chevrolet.”
The new Commodore will go on sale locally in June, with the American export version following not long after.