Holden has released a set of concept images showcasing its design for its next-generation Commodore model, which would make its Supercars Championship debut in 2018.

The new-generation Commodore is based on the global sedan platform of the General Motors brand; the model will be known as the Opel Insignia in Europe and the Buick Lacrosse in North America.

The new car will be fitted with the current-generation V8 engine before the Commodore switches to a twin-turbocharged V6 engine in 2019. The racing car’s builders, Triple Eight Race Engineering, have expressed a desire to run the new engine design with a wildcard entry at selected rounds of the 2018 season.

“Our sport prides itself on Supercars being the closest competition in the world, and the phased introduction of the next-generation Commodore will ensure that is maintained,” said Roland Dane, Triple Eight Race Engineering team principal.

A phased introduction will allow Holden to ensure that its new twin-turbo V6 performs at parity with the outgoing normally-aspirated V8, in line with Supercars’ shift to its new Gen-2 technical regulation era which will allow a range of engine configurations and chassis shapes to compete in the championship.

“It is a pragmatic and sensible approach by Holden and Triple Eight Race Engineering in introducing the new Commodore and a twin-turbocharged V6 powered engine to the sport,” Supercars CEO James Warburton added.

“Importantly it is a win for all the current teams in terms of the simplicity and market relevance for an easy transition to the new Commodore in 2018.

“This phased introduction sets a clear path forward for not only Holden but existing and new manufacturers in the sport.”

Image via General Motors

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