, 2022-12-03 13:00:00,
The Gen3 aero target for the 2023 Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang Supercars has been met, according to Supercars.
A focus point for the introduction of the Gen3 regulations was to slash downforce.
The reduction in downforce is intended to allow cars to follow each other closely with less aero disturbance (‘aerowash’), and in theory promote overtaking to enhance the on-track action.
In March 2021, the championship stated it would be slashing two-thirds of the aero levels seen in the current Gen2 models for next year’s new breed of Supercars.
Supercars’ Head of Motorsport, Adrian Burgess, confirmed that the target had been achieved.
The Gen3 Camaro and Mustang prototypes recently undertook the latest VCAT process where data was gathered, aimed at achieving aero parity between the two rival cars.
“We’re in that 63-64 percent less aero than the current cars — it’s significantly less,” said Burgess.
The lack of aero will also have a less obvious benefit in reducing issues with heat soak in the pedal box, which has previously resulted in burns to drivers’ feet.
Supercars’ present day passing problem was a point recently noted by now three-time champion Shane van Gisbergen.
The Kiwi said that he was unwilling to commit to his long-term future in the category until he experienced Gen3 in competition.
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