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I hope they will enter. Would be great to have a Volvo touring car racing again in one of the premier tintop series.
Not sure what kind of engine they would use as V8 is not really their thing
The rules require it to be naturally-aspirated 5.0 litre V8. So it would be a V8. However, it doesn't matter if the road car doesn't use a V8 (I'm guessing it doesn't), or at least not anymore - that was one of the changes made with the new COTF rules. A sensible move I think, seeing as V8s are dropping in popularity in 'normal' (i.e. non-super-/sports-/muscle-) cars.
But does Volvo build V8 engines at all? I think even the US models are max a 5 cylinder. Or maybe a purpose build racing engine just for the series?
Ehh... I am pretty sure they have at least 1 model with a Yamaha V8 motor in it. See here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volvo_B8444S_engine
i believe V8SC were looking at getting a company to produce a 'generic' V8 engine of sorts, so companies can bring a chassis and a (hopefully) top engine is already available to them for usage
sorry, I double posted.
but I did also find this out:
7th paragraph in it talks of a generic engine based on a Chevy LS3. so namely they wouldn't have to if they didn't really want to
Looks like the worst kept secret may be confirmed officially today.
Volvo technical staff were present at the Hidden Valley Round yesterday, and they have announced a press release for later today.
i think Volvo would be a great addition, on another note last year safety car was Nissan GTR and they are in the serie today. this year safety car is a Chrysler so i'm wondering if they will join the serie next year and its the best kept secret so far
maybe both? Volvo tomorrow, Chrysler in the next 6 months? (although they are running out of teams to work with...)
It's now official.
it's not a big surprise after all that was said during this week-end broadcast it will still be nice to have Volvo in the serie tho and i like to beleive that they will be competitive right from the start, they have plenty of time to develop the car.
i did a little exercise and here's the 2014 teams and manifacturers as of now.
-Triple Eight Engineering (2 cars)
-Holden Racing Team (3 cars)
-Tony D'alberto Racing (1 car)
-Tekno Autosports (2 cars)
-Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport (2 cars)
-Brad Jones Racing (3 cars)
-Ford Performance Racing (4 cars)
-Dick Jonhson Racing (2 cars)
-Nissan Motorsport (4 cars)
-Erebus Motorsport (3 cars)
-Garry Rogers Motorsport (2 cars)
so we have the 28 drivers but as you can see many teams still use the Holden so one of them could easely go to Chrysler for next year, the three last team in the list using the Holden now could have a huge benefit to switch to Chrysler.
what i would like to see is an almost even number of cars by manifacturer, so if Erebus would take Tony D'Alberto Racing under its wing and one other team could be tempted to go with Volvo lets say Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport and lets say Tekno Autosports and Brad Jones Racing would go for Chrysler it would look like this
Holden 5 cars
Ford 6 cars
Nissan 4 cars
Mercedes 4 cars
Volvo 4 cars
Chrysler 5 cars
that would be an awesome picture but i ever doudt that my scenario will ever come close to be realize
I reckon Brad Jones is the next to jump ship to a new maker, they might get Chrysler (they have also worked with Audi...), otherwise D'Alberto is in with HRT/Walkinshaw, and both LDR and Tekno have Triple Eight, so they wouldn't move, they have great cars and no real facilities for a new car.
so that leaves the ford cars. they're losing the falcon in 2016, and Ford in Aus is making no sudden movements to attempt to reassure anyone that they'll continue beyond (fusion perhaps?). FPR were rumoured to be getting BMW lined up, and Dick Johnson has mentioned they'll move manufacturers if Ford pull out.
all in all, there may be no privateers in a few years (I think I'm assuming too much )
and then I read this:
the title says it all really.
someone *has* to lose, that's the one problem with lots of factory teams, they can't all win, and some just can't go as far as others