V8 Supercars will look to update their current engine packages after the Car of the Future regulations come online in 2013. Since the announcement of Nissan joining the category next season, the Japanese manufacturer recently confirmed that it will do so with an engine from its global road car family.

V8 Supercars will have to de-tuned their current Holden and Ford units, and the inclusion of a double overhead cam Nissan motor represents a change in emphasis for the class from technical parity to performance parity. According to COTF project leader Mark Skaife, the performance process that the V8 Supercars is currently working on will enable the incumbent manufacturers to join Nissan in running newer-technology engines.

“If Holden or Ford come to us tomorrow and say to us and say ‘we’ve got a different engine that we’d like to make into our future engine’, then we’d be up for that, no problem at all,” said Skaife.

“I’m really happy that Nissan are using a ‘road car family’ engine. In terms of having road car DNA and making the vehicles as authentic as they can be, it fits in perfectly with that.”

The current 5.0 litre Ford and Chevrolet motors used in the class are bespoke to V8 Supercars, with the blocks and cylinder heads made-to-order for the teams in the United States.

 “The Coyote engine that is currently in the FPV range is a fantastic little V8, and has all the hallmarks of being a good race engine. I’d love to put one of them in our cars,” said Little.

“The bottom end isn’t that much different than the ‘Cammer’ engine that’s raced in FIA GT1 and Grand Am, which you can buy direct from Roush Yates for less than what our current engines cost us.

“Chev have certainly got a couple of engines kicking around globally too that would be better than what they’ve got now.

“If you look at the LS7 that’s being run in the SuperTourer Series in New Zealand – that package costs $16,000. You can’t pull the cylinder head off of our cars for that much money!”

A current V8 Supercars engine in complete form is estimated to cost $80,000-$120,000.    The first Car of the Future race cars are scheduled to begin on-track testing after the Coates Hire Ipswich 300 race in early August.

Hi, I have been a Formula 1 fanatic since 1987 when my family took me to the Adelaide GP. I now enjoy close friendships with team members at Ferrari and within the Holden Racing Team (V8Supercars).
  • The Roo

    Changing engines would be a really good idea…not least for the Dunlop Series cars (second-tier, like Nationwide Series is to NASCAR), some of which hardly have $120K to run on for the whole year!

  • Jack Flash (Aust)

    Sorry. Adam… somewhat surprised here!

    Are NZ Super-Tourers are really running Chev LS7 donks from the Michigan Special Engine shops in 2012? Is that really so?

    The same LS7 Engine as in a Corvette Z06. That’s a handbuilt 7.0 Litre normally aspirated all Alloy small block special (steel bore inserts, large porting head and titanium valves, etc). $16,000 USD seems cheap for that. I’d expect $30k or so. A 505 hp (377 kW); 475 ft-lb (644 Nm) unit. Output on 95 RON Gas or better presume.

    Perhaps a handbuilt Chev LS9 Supercharged 6.2 Litre from the Corvette ZR1; 620 hp (463 kW); 585 lb.-ft. (793 Nm) will suit V8SC. At least for GM Holden runners (Don’t know what Ford could line up in equivalence).
    Especially if they can buy them for $20-25k USD steal. Prefer if the series stuck to Normally Aspirated regulations though. JF

  • Adam Vella

    Yes JF that is really so and it states it on their website. Their engines are small blocks and have less power then our SC. They are not using the “pull out of a car engine” but I assume they are using the same blue prints.

    • Jack Flash (Aust)

      Yes. I was aware the NZ Super Tourer series was using engines in the low 500hp range, rather than the 650hp of current V8SC. I just didn’t expect a sort-of almost “off the shelf” Chev LS7 to be it.

      Interesting. If a LS7 or LS9 basis was proposed for GM Holden runners, what would Ford or Nissan runners bring to the table? Any ideas? Speculations? JF

  • Adam Vella

    Ford would look to use there current FPV engines or they might even look at cosworth blue prints.. If anything Ford have a better range of engines to pull from same a Nissan. And in doing so your cost would come down a lot and money can be spent else where.

    • Jack Flash (Aust)

      Absolutely true, but Engine parity would need to be carefully preserved in the Tri-maker field (or anyone else entering V8SC for 2013). Question is….. Will COTF rules control engine output specs under test controls to leave engine format flexibilty, OR control design/displacement as they do now? JF

  • nofahz

    I thought the Coyote was DOHC, its a SOHC?

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  • Dave Antney

    I was told all v8 supercars would eventually be using an identical chevy block?..