Mercedes to Join Australian V8 Supercars

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande
E 63 AMG (W212)) 2011

Despite traditionally being a showdown between Australia’s good ol’ boys, Ford and Holden, a trio of Mercedes E63 AMGs will run this season among their ranks in the V8 Supercars series.

Entered by Erebus Motorsport, a private racing team standing without factory support from AMG, the cars will use V8s sourced from the SLS AMG. They won’t be the only imports participating this year either. Nissan will also participate, bringing a NISMO-tuned version of the V8 engine from its M56.

But what brought about this break in tradition? New Car of the Future regulations are making it easier for other teams to join, calling for a single “control” chassis while allowing for styling and engines to vary.

Despite that, there will be plenty of rules in place to keep things fair. The engines need to be naturally aspirated and can’t carry a displacement larger than five liters. Furthermore, the powerplants aren’t allowed to rev higher than about 7,500 rpms and are capped at 650 hp.

Erebus Motorsport’s cars are still under development, but will be ready for the upcoming V8 Supercars season starting in February. This also won’t be the team’s first foray into Australian racing. Team owner and Benz fanatic Betty Klimenko already runs two SLS AMG GT3 race cars in the Australian GT Championship.

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/112531385961538774338?rel=author">Google+</A>.

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