Craig Lowndes has unveiled a new-look Holden ZB Commodore he will campaign in the upcoming Supercars Championship season.

The series veteran’s #888 challenger sports a brand new livery thanks to new title sponsor Autobarn, who have penned a new two-year naming rights agreement to rebrand the Triple Eight run entry as Autobarn Lowndes Racing.

Although the entry appears eponymous, Lowndes has no financial stake invested. His car will remain a third car entered by Triple Eight Race Engineering, which runs a pair of Red Bull sponsored factory Holdens for Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen.

“[This] is the perfect opportunity to not only reveal our new livery and car, but also to launch our exciting new team in Autobarn Lowndes Racing,” said Lowndes.

“The team have worked hard over the off-season to get the new car ready and the fresh look of the livery on the new body shape is something to be excited about ahead of the season.

“The first race event in Adelaide couldn’t come quick enough for me and the team. I can’t wait to get out there and see what we can do in the car.

“Everyone back at the workshop has been working around the clock to get the car on the track and we couldn’t be happier with what they’ve done.”

Lowndes, as expected, will once again be partnered by Steven Richards for the Pirtek Enduro Cup component of the season. The pair has driven together since 2014, with the pair claiming the 2015 Bathurst 1000 crown.

The six-time Bathurst 1000 winner is yet to put the new ZB Commodore through its paces in pre-season testing, and will have his first chance to see where his new car ranks on the stopwatch at the season-opening Adelaide 500 in March.

The 43-year-old, who has been with the Triple Eight stable since 2005, suffered his worst season with the championship-winning squad. Often struggling in qualifying, Lowndes finished a distant tenth overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings – teammates Whincup and van Gisbergen were first and fourth overall.

Image via Autobarn Lowndes Racing

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