Supercars planning to introduce NASCAR-style manufacturers council

The Supercars series is planning to create a NASCAR-style manufacturers council to work with both existing carmakers and those it would like to join the championship

Supercars planning to introduce NASCAR-style manufacturers council

Supercars boss Sean Seamer came across the concept during a recent trip to the US, which involved meeting with officials from NASCAR and two of its current OEMs, Ford and GM.

He's now planning on instigating a similar council for Supercars, in a bid to keep communication with carmakers as open as possible.

The concept may not be limited to the current manufacturers involved in Supercars - Ford and GM Holden - but could also include representatives from other companies.

"One of the things I learned in the US and what NASCAR has done well is they've got what they call an OEM council, a manufacturers council," Seamer said.

"They've got a group that they work with over time and keep them involved in the direction of the category.

"I haven't worked through what that's going to look like here. Obviously we'll have Ford and GM involved in that for us here, and then anyone else that may be interested going forward.

"But [in NASCAR], Toyota, GM, and Ford sit on that council. I got really good feedback from Ford and GM about how that works.

"I guess it's formalising an engagement. Without speaking for them, everybody finds it useful that they can sort of be involved in discussions.

"It doesn't necessarily mean that we're going to run off and do what Manufacturer Y wants to do, but we're taking them on the journey - they have the opportunity to provide feedback.

"They also have the opportunity to understand where the other ones [are] coming from without getting into sharing competitive information."

Supercars currently has just two fully-engaged manufacturers, with Ford returning this year after Nissan departed following a six-year factory involvement.

Volvo also had a brief stint in the series before pulling out at the end of 2016, while the short-lived Mercedes programme that was run by Erebus was never factory-backed.

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