The Antipodean way is of course very different, and in true Australian fashion, they don’t do subtle. To build a V8 Supercar you take the large saloon car from your chosen Australian manufacturer. Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon are the main options but there are also Volvo S60 and Nissan Altima in the main game down under. Mercedes was represented in 2015 but there are no cars this year.
Once you have your big executive car, rip everything out, insert a big block V8 engine supplying power to the rear wheels. Bolt on a front splitter and rear wing and you are ready to go.
The V8 Supercars setup is also one of the few sustainable development packages out there. Once a rulebook is retired by the V8 Supercars Championship it is handed down to the Dunlop Development Series, a feeder championship which trains drivers for the main game.
They also have a number of different ways of going racing with races ranging from 125km to 1000km in length. For longer races, two drivers are used. The V8 Supercars Championship is the only touring car championship in the world to contain its own Endurance sub-championship.
The car in the photograph above is a Chevrolet CR8, the Chevrolet version of the Holden Commodore. These cars were being prepared to race in a UK V8s championship by James Tucker, the former owner of Britcar but were too heavy and too thirsty for UK circuits. The idea has been postponed.