V8SC: Mercedes-Benz Expected To Join V8 Supercars Grid In 2013

Malcolm Flynn | Sep 19, 2012

UPDATE: Official details released. Click here for more.

V8 Supercars is today expected to announce Mercedes-Benz’ entry into the 2013 championship, joining Ford, Holden and Nissan on the grid.

The announcement, due at 1:00pm today, is expected to reveal that Erebus Racing has purchased outright the Ford-associated outfit Stone Brothers Racing to bring a fourth manufacturer to the series.

The entry is expected to be based on the E-Class large sedan, using bodywork and engines sourced through the AMG Customer Sports department.

Erebus Racing already has a strong association with AMG Customer Sports through its current Australian GT Championship SLS AMG GT3 entries.

It is understood that the Mercedes-Benz V8 Supercar foray will go ahead without any direct involvement from the carmaker's local arm, or that of its AMG performance and racing arm.

Earlier whispers had suggested that the program will be used to build recognition of Mercedes-Benz’ AMG brand through Asian markets, in line with V8 Supercars’ ongoing expansion of international rounds and television coverage.

While Mercedes-Benz Australia's David McCarthy has denied any official cooperation with the plan, it remains to be seen if the carmaker will maintain some involvement behind the scenes.

The reports follow news earlier this year of Nissan’s upcoming entry into the previously Ford/Holden exclusive series.

Mercedes-Benz is currently associated with several levels of international motorsport, including Formula 1, GT Racing, and the German DTM series, offering a solid foundation for a V8 Supercar entry.

UPDATE: Official details released. Click here for more.

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  • Lee says,
    2 years ago
    4 likes
    All we need now is for Toyota to get involved and then we should have really "The greatest show on wheels". If they can afford Nascar they should be able to do this also
    • Godspeed says,
      2 years ago
      4 likes
      All we need now is for Toyota to get involved and then we should have really "The greatest show on wheels". If they can afford Nascar they should be able to do this also


      Toyota 86 with a V8 under a pumped bonnet? laugh That would be awesome
      • Paul says,
        2 years ago
        Nah sorry bringing Nissan into the championship is stretching it !
        Mercedes is just taking it to far !
        GroupA / v8 super cars where supposed to be a car that the average joe blo could aspire to having a car to look like and with some engine mods would be a car going bit of sports fun !
        Mercedes is as far as I'm concerned out of reach for most
        And not make v8 super cars any better but will probly turn people away !
        • Richard says,
          2 years ago
          2 likes
          Besides the body on the chassis there is nothing similar about the Holden or the Ford you can buy from the local dealer.

          Bring in more markers will only make the V8s more popular and appeal to more people!!!

          Bring on 2013, and Holden v Ford v Nissan v Mercedes!

          Now if we could only get Team Vodafone into Mercs, i would be very happy! biggrinbiggrinbiggrin
        • mick says,
          2 years ago
          As if it would turn people away. I bet the television audience alone will double next year let alone the increase in ticket sales. I can't imagine ur logic in saying that, it was profoundly stupid. I am a massive motorsport person, where others follow afl I follow f1. Although I am Aussie thru and thru I find v8 supercars so boring I only watch bathurst each year. I know a lot of people who do the same. Bringing more manufacturers in will make it so much more interesting, especially these two, since they are committed to building their own engines. It will be the kick up the ass that Ford and holden need and I for one am really excited about it. I know myself and at least 6 of my mates will be watching as many races as possible next year and I reckon most motorsport fans would have the same view on current v8 supercars and the proposed future of it. Bring on Toyota too I say, v8 supercars has been as boring as NASCAR since the demise of group a in Australia
          • Johnny Vans says,
            2 years ago
            Could not agree more ! It has become totally boring ! I have been an avid motor sport fan and participant all my life , have seen every Bathurst event and to start binging in new manufacturers will breath new life into this processional two horse race will be fantastic, it might even get me back to the track again.
  • Nick z says,
    2 years ago
    Great idea just disappointed that the chassis are the same for all - the current approach separated the performance attributes between Ford and Holden, not just aero and engine characteristics! Either way these cars are not remotely the manufacturers cars they claim bar the shell - it's just branding Motorsport! Understand the saving and concept just it makes generic car racing with different badges! Good luck
    • mick says,
      2 years ago
      1 like
      Ur forgetting that currently the regulations regarding chassis construction mean they are all but identical anyway, but having a control chassis will give the teams more time to improve other aspects of their cars. The cars haven't had a road car chassis since the introduction of the current regs at the demise of group a. Do ur research before bashing v8 supercars for making the regs more current, safer, and not to mention more future proof. Do u think Ford or holden would stand a chance against Nissan or Mercedes if chassis construction was more open? Nissan has Renault backing and Mercedes is an international automotive giant. Ford and holden, by comparison, are basically on the dole lol
  • Trevor says,
    2 years ago
    Mick, good point
    I wasn't a supporter of a common chassis as I thought it detracted from giving each individual team the chance to develop technically. If it was just Holden and Ford then I still would not support the common chassis. But as you point out, with Nissan and Merc joining in, the technical background of those manufacturers is far superior, poor old Ford and Holden would suffer.

    But on cost savings, there is no such thing, bringing in standard chassis aero etc does not save teams any money. They may save money on the COTF chassis but the rich teams still spend the money, just in other areas.
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