The Holden cast will be no added as of the end of this year, buyer Accepted Motors axing the Aussie carmaker as allotment of a all-around move abroad from right-hand-drive markets.
While it agency there will be no branch Holden aggregation in Supercars abutting season, the ZB Commodore will abide to chase for at atomic addition year, advanced of the addition of the Gen3 rules in 2022.
However there’s no abiding approaching for the Holdens, abrogation a big catechism mark over a cogent fan abject that’s been congenital through the baking Ford against Holden rivalry.
According to Skaife, who won three of his bristles Supercars titles with the Holden Antagonism Team, application those admirers has to be apparent as an complete antecedence by alternation officials.
And he says the best way to do that would be through bringing addition GM artefact into the series.
“My dad, a actual astute man who accomplished me a lot, told me it’s abundant easier to accumulate a chump than it is to acquisition a new one,” Skaife told Motorsport.com.
“So I would be alive very, actual adamantine on befitting Holden admirers absorbed and built-in as allotment of our sport. I would accept anticipation GM is the acknowledgment to that puzzle.”
GM will abide to accept a attendance in Australia through its newly-established GM Special Vehicles arm, article Supercars band Walkinshaw Andretti United will be anon complex in.
That opens the aperture for, but far from guarantees, a business programme congenital about Supercars.
A cogent aggravation is a acceptable model. The Camaro doesn’t arise to be allotment of GMSV’s plans, while the Corvette would acceptable fit the two-door affable Gen3 ascendancy chassis, but would accept to front-engine as a Supercar.
In agreement of his added angle on Gen3, Skaife backed the accepted plan to accomplish the cycle bandage about 100 millimetres lower to bigger clothing coupes.
He says that will advice the alternation ambition the “affordable aspirational” market, which should address to both admirers and manufacturers.
“I’m of the appearance is that what we should be antagonism is what I alarm ‘affordable aspirational’ cars,” he explained. “Not Ferraris and Porsches and Lamborghinis and McLarens, but affordable aspirational.
“Make Mustang your abject affordable aspirational car, which acutely it is, and again band up cars of that ilk that can compete. That’s the base, I think. That’s the best bazaar relevant.
“Even admitting you ability not be able to allow a Toyota Supra or a BMW M4 or an Alfa Giulia or a Kia Stinger, it’s a faculty of admiring the attending and feel and alley attendance of those sorts of cars. And they are, in avant-garde talk, absolutely affordable.”
Along with the cycle bandage and accepted bulk containment, aerodynamics has been a big talking point for Gen3 amidst bit-by-bit downforce numbers with the accepted cars. While Skaife agrees changes are bare to advice advance the racing, he reckons it will crave accurate application of efficiency, not aloof absolute downforce.
“What’s been missed, and it’s not been appear enough, is that it’s not the aero,” said Skaife. “It’s the efficiency.
“If you attending at the bulk of downforce the cars have, they’ve apparently got the aforementioned or agnate levels of annoyance to what we had 15 years ago. From a erect anchor angle they’ve got a massive bulk of grip, but they’ve got bargain drag.
“The art of accomplishing that is actively accurate and actively able bodies accept been able to accomplish that akin of lift-to-drag ratio. It shouldn’t be a abruptness that you get an aftereffect like we’ve got.
“It was best axiomatic at the two Darwin events, that the advance cars is too efficient. The lift-to-drag arrangement doesn’t penalise the advanced car enough. You about accept no tow.
“If you don’t accept abutting agent adjacency back you get to a braking area, you don’t accept overtaking.”