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All-New Red Bull HRT Commodore Supercar revealed

The all-new Red Bull Holden Racing Team Commodore Supercar was revealed yesterday on Sydney Harbour… on a floating barge.

WHILE SYDNEY SWELTERED, the covers were whipped off the all-new Red Bull Holden Racing Team Commodore Supercar with reigning Supercar champ, Jamie Whincup calling the day “a very big deal”. Fellow Red Bull HRT driver Shane van Gisbergen was also on hand.

“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 said.

“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.”

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With this all-new Commodore’s predecessor becoming the most successful touring car in Australian motorsport, there’s a huge amount of pressure on this new Commodore, which is an Opel Insignia under the skin – you can read our Paul Horrell’s review here.

A big deal was made about the car’s colour scheme. The new livery design is the work of General Motors Holden design manager Peter Hughes, who describes it as “fresh, daring and definitely different”.

“The next generation livery is dominated by a completely dark blue front, fading to completely white rear and should be unmistakable on track. Graphics front and rear have been kept to a minimum, showcasing and highlighting the elegant lines of the new Commodore,” Hughes said.

“I feel it’s a great way to celebrate the entry of a new era of Commodore into Australian motorsport and I hope the fans like the new look.”

And, if there was any doubt about Holden’s commitment to Supercars, Holden’s sponsorship boss Emma Pinwill said, “Holden remains committed to being a leader in motorsport in this country and engaging with the legion of our fans who have supported Holden, Holden racing teams and our racing heritage..

“Today confirms Holden’s commitment to Australian motorsport and we are excited to continue our partnership with Triple Eight Race Engineering and look forward to seeing the striking new Red Bull Holden Racing Team Commodore supercar on top of the podium in 2018.”

The Red Bull Holden next-gen supercars will make their competitive debut when the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship kicks off with the Adelaide 500, 1-4 March.

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.