Triple Eight: Ford Supercars parity "slip-up" will be fixed by 2020

Triple Eight boss Roland Dane says he expects the parity "slip-up" with Ford's new Mustang to be corrected before the 2020 season, without Supercars resorting to costly wind tunnel testing

Triple Eight: Ford Supercars parity "slip-up" will be fixed by 2020

The ongoing aero parity saga took its latest twist on the eve of last weekend's Darwin round, with an adjustment to the Holden Commodores helping shift their aero balance to the front of the car.

It was the third in-season parity adjustment since the introduction of the Mustang, following a centre of gravity change before Symmons Plains, and an adjustment to the Mustang's controversial aero package before the Perth round.

The perceived disparity has largely been blamed on the Supercars aero testing model, known as VCAT, which is completed through real-life straight line running.

There have been suggestions that the only way to solve the current debate is through a side-on wind tunnel test, however that plan is complicated by the lack of a suitable facility in Australia.

While admitting he is "not sure" if the latest adjustment will result in true parity between the Holden, the Ford and the Nissan, Dane is against a costly overseas wind tunnel test.

He reckons the Mustang is simply a "slip-up" in the usually-reliable VCAT system, and tips that through ongoing CFD analysis and more testing at the end of this season, parity will be achieved for 2020.

"In a perfect world, where we had wind tunnel facilities in this country which were available to us, we would undoubtedly do [a wind tunnel test]," said Dane.

"But we don't have them. There are no suitable wind tunnel facilities in Australia. So that means going overseas, and there's a big, big cost associated with that.

"The fact is, for many, many years if you roll back to Project Blueprint in 2003 through to the end of last year, we've had parity that was close enough to do the job.

"Now we've made one slip-up.

"We'll do a better job at the end of this year as a category in putting it right, using an improved version of the testing tools that we've got here in Australia."

Tickford Racing boss Tim Edwards, whose team runs four of the six Mustangs in the field, agreed that the VCAT system should not be underestimated.

"It's slightly naive that people think runway testing is actually not the final tool," said the former Jordan Gand Prix team manager.

"The reality is that CFD is a great tool, wind tunnels are a great tool, and real life track testing is a great tool as well.

"Formula 1 teams do it. Anyone who watched the Canadian Grand Prix would have seen cars running around in Friday practice with aero tools hanging off the car, because ultimately testing cars in real life is the ultimate tool.

"Even my time in F1, we were designing in CFD, we're running it in the wind tunnel, then we would go and run the F1 car down a runway as the final sign-off."

shares
comments
Supercars gets extension to pitch for new fifth Bathurst event

Previous article

Supercars gets extension to pitch for new fifth Bathurst event

Next article

Sandown set to lose Supercars endurance race slot to The Bend

Sandown set to lose Supercars endurance race slot to The Bend
Load comments
The well-travelled racer now Supercars' elder statesman Plus

The well-travelled racer now Supercars' elder statesman

James Courtney has been around the block in his motorsport career it's fair to say. After a single-seater career cut short, he's won everything there is to win in Supercars. Following a rocky ride recently in the Australian category, he's found a happy hunting ground with Tickford Racing, as Andrew van Leeuwen explains

Supercars
Oct 19, 2021
How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star Plus

How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star

His decision to leave Brad Jones Racing was the biggest shock of the Australian Supercars silly season so far. But for Nick Percat, it comes as the culmination of a personal journey that has made him into one of the most rounded drivers in the series, now in search of a seat that can make him a champion

Supercars
Sep 16, 2021
Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8 Plus

Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8

On the face of it, picking an 18-year-old rookie to replace arguably the greatest Supercars driver of all time is a risky move. But as Jamie Whincup takes up a team principal role and hands his car to Broc Feeney, it's one that he is confident will be rewarded in the fullness of time - time which wasn't afforded to Whincup in his early days

Supercars
Aug 31, 2021
How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention Plus

How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention

After his fledgling career was paused by a battle with testicular cancer, Thomas Randle then had to wrestle with finding a drive in Supercars after he got the all-clear. It's been a long road for the Melbourne native but, after two lengthy battles, he's finally got a full-time drive to look forward to

Supercars
Jun 25, 2021
How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle Plus

How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle

With Supercars’ Gen3 era on the horizon, a shift is set to take place – in more ways than one – but, as has become clear in recent weeks, the plan to bin the stick and use paddles with electronic assisted shift has been met with fierce opposition

Supercars
May 23, 2021
Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske? Plus

Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske?

OPINION: Roger Penske's operation helped lift Dick Johnson's faltering Ford team back to the top of Australian tin-tops. But, despite The Captain's departure, along with star driver Scott McLaughlin, there's no reason to expect an imminent decline from DJR

Supercars
Feb 26, 2021
Why Whincup's next move is no calculated gamble Plus

Why Whincup's next move is no calculated gamble

Supercars' most successful team of the past 15 years is set for a radical shakeup next year when Jamie Whincup retires from driving and takes over the reins at Triple Eight. But the team's outgoing boss Roland Dane has full faith that he'll be up to the task

Supercars
Feb 5, 2021
The top 10 Supercars drivers of 2020 Plus

The top 10 Supercars drivers of 2020

In a year of few constants, the Australian Supercars championship could be relied upon for its usual blend of rough and tumble racing with a V8 soundtrack. But who were its top performers in 2020?

Supercars
Dec 27, 2020