Quite a few months ago I wrote an article on why the proposed Gen 3 for Supercars was going to be a disaster!
Now, over the last few days the sports heavy hitters have come out to postpone Gen 3 until at least the middle of next year citing a range of reasons but honestly the main reason is cost.
The biggest problem with Gen 3 is cost and how it’s blown out to way over what’s being reported.
Australia just doesn’t have the numbers to develop its own product they should simply buy something already in the marketplace. I keep banging on that the “TA” project is exactly where they should be. Yes the TA2 that being used in Australia has been a big hit and is very cost affective so lets look at it big brother TA1.
Slightly bigger brakes, bigger wheel and lower profile tyre and a 6 speed gear box is all that needs to be upspeced to better suit what the Supertaxi’s need. You’d be able to buy this package for under $220k and spares would be dirt cheap as they are used all over the world are freely available. Crate engine that last forever and is only $25k new with 6 body styles to choose from and you’ve got a series on price point and cheap to run. You could cut the staff numbers in half as you simply wouldn’t need them to run these cars too.
All sounds fabulous you say. So what’s the problem with all this and why haven’t Supertaxi management done this you say.
Its simply….. teams have got way too much say in the running of the series and its rules! They all want to make exotic parts and charge drug money to sell them to the other teams. Buying an off the shelf cost effective car would hamper the team’s ability to make money and that their ladies and gentlemen is why the business of Supertaxi’s is floored.
Limited 26 car grid and expensive REC’s is the other problem but look at Supertaxi right now. Most teams are on the skin of there arse financially, massively reduced sponsorship opportunities and rising costs. Not to mention Gen 3 that’s going to cost close to $700k per car and not the $500k sprooked.
Touring car legend Tony Longhurst spoke out about this exact topic recently. Would he consider getting back into team ownership… YES he would. What’s stopping him right now….. Cost of Car, running cost and the amount of staff required were his words.
Dick Johnson also supported the delay in Gen 3 due to a range of reasons.
Here’s a free kick from someone that’s been around long enough and doesn’t have their head in the supertaxi trough.
TA1 with ZERO changes and NO team influence is the only way Supertaxi’s are going to survive.
Could this happen…. YES. Will it happen…. NO because the teams won’t let it for the reasons listed above.