Running as a support class to the Supercars Championship, the new SuperUtes class will take the place of the outgoing V8 Utes class following the end of production of the locally-built Commodore and Falcon utes.
With six manufacturers given the green-light to race in the new category, Holden is the first to give an official backing to throw its support behind the new SuperUtes racing category.
Although the real-deal is still under wraps for the time being, this rendering penned by GM Design Australia shows how the final product is expected to look.
The rules of the 2018 SuperUtes series will see production-based, rear-wheel-drive, turbo-diesel dual-cab utes racing against each other with control-components including SupaShock suspension, Brembo brakes, a control gearbox and rear differential along with a control wheel and tyre package.
SuperUtes has already attracted private entries using the Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton and Mazda BT-50, with each entrant running its factory engine albeit with a SuerUtes ECU that caps power to a maximum of 254kW and torque to no more than 678Nm - both a respectable step up from the Colorado’s 147kW and 440-500Nm production outputs.
Perhaps ironically the preview rendering of the SuperUtes Colorado shows Z71 badging, which elsewhere in the GM empire refers to added off-road prowess, however in this instance the lack of ride height and 4x4 ensure the racing Colorado is a strictly on-road proposition.
Holden’s decision to support SuperUtes follows confirmation of its continuing involvement in Supercars racing in 2018 and beyond with the next generation Commodore, run by the factory-supported Red Bull Holden Racing Team.
Initially the new Commodore will feature a carry-over V8 from the current race program, to be replaced by a new twin-turbo V6 engine, currently under development, in 2019.
Holden's continued motorsport program goes against the policy of arch-rival Ford, which withdrew its support from Supercars alongside the shuttering of its local manufacturing operations.