GEN3 TO SAVE THE TEAMS FROM THEIR OURSELVES
According to Adrian Burgess, Motorsport Manager at Supercars, Gen3 is on budget and on-time overseas delivery disrupted by COVID.
“The global supply of parts is very slow, which impacts our ability to deliver on time,” said Burgess.
New unspecified mechanical control components were purchased overseas.
This is the main official reason why the introduction of the Gen3 in racing has been delayed from the start of Season 22 until next August. A mid-season change of this magnitude is unprecedented
Burgess first detailed Gen3’s new level of economic standardization.
“I don’t really see a part of the car that the teams will have to make themselves when they get the car,” he told AA. “We even go to the detail of requiring a single drink bottle and a single cooling system for the driver and putting the radiators and batteries in the same place.
“Everything relating to the chassis and the suspension will be interchangeable. I can remove a wire harness from the Triple Eight car and put it in a Kelly Grove car, for example. That’s why we need the communication between the two homologation teams while we are building the prototypes.
All components will come from suppliers approved by Supercars. There will be no team-exclusive arrangement such as the exclusive supply of ZB Commodore body kits from Triple Eight.
“Supercars has the IP of all components,” said Burgess. “There won’t be a single part that will be given to a manufacturer as a control supplier unless it has gone through a tendering process.
“At the moment, no one has the exclusive right to manufacture the front bars, the rear bars, etc. With all of these parts, we want market forces to come down to the best price for the competitor, so everyone gets the best opportunity to build and operate these cars as cheaply as possible.
Teams can bid for the rights to provide control items, although creating their own bespoke variants appears to be ruled out.
“We make all of these prices transparent. We’re forcing teams to be upfront and honest with each other to try to bring the prices down and try to reduce the margin they put on things so that we can make this thing as good and as economical as possible.
Teams will be able to build their own control chassis, but Burgess wonders why that would bother them.
“If they choose to do it, yes,” he admitted. “At the moment there are three teams building frames and Pace Innovation will make the majority.
“Teams will find that it’s inefficient to just build two when they can buy the same thing, probably cheaper. You’re not preparing for jigging and all the infrastructure you need to produce one.
“We try to source in bulk as much as possible. “
No team outside of DJR and Triple Eight have received a Pace-built chassis to start building their Gen3 racers – but Supercars have a store of frames ready to go when the design is finalized.
“We are able to deliver chassis,” said Burgess. “We have frames that are sort of out of the box, but we’re still in the process of equipping the frame. We hit “go” on production a few months ago because we were aiming to have 25 cars ready by March.
“With Pace, we pushed production a long time ago, but subsequently the introduction date was pushed back. So instead of rushing the chassis and teams having to make small changes that appear as we build the prototypes, we’ve chosen to just hold onto them.
“We’ll deliver them all at the right time with all the little updates.
“There are two other teams (Erebus and WAU) building theirs and they’ve been given tube work and stuff to start building them, but they sure don’t have a finished chassis in their hands yet.”
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