Mike Stevens | Jun 22, 2009

THE V8 SUPERCAR CHAMPIONSHIP is set for an overhaul, with series boss Tony Cochrane calling upon car manufacturers to join an expanded series in 2012.

Cochrane has formed a new ‘Car of the Future’ committee, headed up by five-time Bathurst champion Mark Skaife, which will seek to secure involvement from additional manufacturers, breaking the current Ford and Holden duopoly.

All manufacturers are welcome to submit proposals to join the ever-growing Supercar circus, although the cars must meet certain conditions, including the mandatory use of a V8 engine and a top-end cost of $250,000.

Cochrane told the Northern Territory News: "We want to be really inclusive in this process. We are happy to talk to all manufacturers.

"It's Mark's primary responsibility. I know Mark has already spoken to some manufacturers and I know that he intends to have follow-up meetings with some. I know he intends to speak to additional ones on top of that.

"We have a very open mind about this. We would talk with Rolls Royce if they want to get involved."

With series participants beginning to feel the effects of the global financial crisis, Cochrane’s plan seeks to ensure the championship’s long term security; a scenario being replayed in a number of racing series around the world, including Formula 1.

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In addition to plans to incorporate new manufacturers, Cochrane plans to impose 14 cost-cutting measures and expand the championship to 16 rounds.

Cochrane said his proposal has received the blessing of Ford and Holden, who will each provide one representative to the ‘Car of the Future’ committee.

"(Ford and Holden) are saying to us that they would encourage and would like to see other manufactures involved," he said.

"We very much want to maintain a very healthy, a good relationship, going forward with both Holden and with the Ford Motor Company of Australia and we want to maintain them in what will be the car of the future new-look championship from 2012."

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