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HOLDEN COMMITS TO SUPERUTES

Holden commit to SuperUtes - Photo: Supplied

Holden commit to SuperUtes – Photo: Supplied

Holden has made a commitment to support the new SuperUtes series, with up to six of it’s Colorado utes potentially joining the series in 2018.

The new SuperUtes series replaces the current Holden vs Ford V8 Ute Series and has been designed by Supercars to cater for the fast-growing ute segment that makes up almost 20 per cent of all new vehicles sold in Australia.

In confirming its support by homologating its popular vehicle for competition, Holden has released the first official render of the Colorado SuperUte.

The Colorado design is the work of GM Design Australia, featuring the roll cage, competition wheels and a tough racing stance. It’s finished in the popular Satin Steel Grey, which is complimented by Holden’s iconic Lion logo.

“SuperUtes is an exciting new racing series and supporting Australian motorsport has been an important part of Holden’s heritage, so we are delighted to homologate Colorado for the series,” said Emma Pinwill – GM Holden General Manager – Brand, Media and Sponsorship.

“Colorado has been engineered to handle anything thrown at it by our customers, from inner city and suburban roads to rural highways, dirt roads, and off-road.

“The race track is no different and we are confident Colorado will carry on Holden’s winning tradition.”

The SuperUte series will have strictly controlled engine performance of 340bhp and 500lb/ft by Supercars to maintain parity amongst brands, while a minimum weight of 1800kg will apply to all models.

To ensure parity and cost containment, Supercars has mandated range of control components including a CAMS-approved control roll-cage, pedal box, ECU, gearbox and ratios, rear axle assembly with control diff and ratio, brakes, tyres, wheels, springs and dampers.

“Holden has been such an integral part of Supercars rich history, so it goes without saying that we are delighted to welcome it to the SuperUtes ECB Series,” said James Warburton, Supercars Chief Executive Officer.

“The Holden Colorado is now officially homologated and will take on five different manufacturers in what is shaping up to be an outstanding series.

“With official testing having commenced last week and six models approved for racing, the SuperUtes Series will commence in 2018 with a very strong field and what will be great racing.”

The first Colorado SuperUte is currently under construction at Ross Stone Racing on behalf of Holden.

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