Mike Stevens | Oct 30, 2012

Holden Special Vehicles has confirmed development of two Clubsport R8 race cars, forming part of a plan to launch a 'one-make' racing series in India.

HSV boss Phil Harding said today that the brand has identified "an untapped market" for a production-based racing series on the subcontinent.

“There is an affluent business community in India which is passionate about high performance cars and the potential to race them," Harding said.

He added that the LS3 V8-powered cars, developed together with Walkinshaw Racing, may also feature in similar one-make formats in at least two other undisclosed Asian markets.

“The beauty of the vehicle we have developed is that the initial set-up costs, as well as operating costs, are significantly below other vehicles of similar performance, so if you are running a one-make race series, the economics look pretty good,” Harding said.

The cars have been in development since May, with extensive testing carried out at the hands of HRT driver Garth Tander.

The V8 Supercars veteran confirmed a Winton Motor Raceway lap time of 1m32s on the 3km circuit, "without even pushing them to their limits".

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HSV chassis designer David Slater added that a time below one minute and 30 seconds is expected as development advances.

Pictured here, the cars feature a V8 Supercar-styled aero kit, including a reinfored rear deck with a racing wing. There is also an FIA-approved six-point roll cage, racing buckets and a six-point harness system.

A custom centre console and switch panel is also featured, again based on the V8 Supercar format.

The LS3 V8 engine driving the cars has been enhanced for racing duties and produces 400kW, sending power to 18x9-inch track wheels wrapped in 265x18 slicks.

An F1-like Kinetic Energy Recovery System is also on the cards, with HSV chief engineer Jon Stoddart confirming plans for the technology.

“We have the parts and a supplier excited to work with us on this technology”, Stoddart said.

HSV will ship the car to India for a demonstration day scheduled for December. Watch TMR for more details.

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