Red Bull Holden Racing will be sporting a new retro-inspired livery for Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen's Commodores at next month's Sandown 500.
The new look is in celebration of the history of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship at its second annual retro round, and as such Whincup and Van Gisbergen's factory racing Commodores will pay tribute to the original Holden Dealer Team.
Inspired by its Monaros of the late 1960s and Toranas of the early ‘70s, GM Design Australia Exterior Manager, Peter Hughes has created a familiar HDT look adapted for the modern era and Holden's partnership with Red Bull.
“This livery is a direct throwback to the glorious years of Holden's original factory racing team, which I'm confident the fans will love,” GM Design Australia Exterior Manager, Peter Hughes said. “HDT's 1971 GTR-XU1 Torana was drawn upon for the thick, simple red striping and placement of the historic Holden Lion on the c-pillar, combining it with the ‘70s Holden font on the rear quarter signage.”
The new look is inspired by the Monaros of the late 1960s and Toranas of the early ‘70s, with a familiar HDT look adapted for the modern era and Holden's partnership with Red Bull.
“I think our Commodores will look awesome, they're so different to what we usually race, hopefully the fans like our throwback livery as much as we all do,” Shane van Gisbergen said. “I'm a bit too young to have seen the original HDT Monaros and Toranas racing, and I don't even think Lowndesy (Craig Lowndes) was around back then, but I've been a Holden fan since I was a kid so it's pretty special that we can now pay tribute to this historic era in our own way.”
The livery change is only the second for the Triple Eight Race Engineering team since joining forces with Red Bull in 2013.
“To have a new livery on the car is exciting. We didn't do one last year, so that makes it even more special for the team this time, but I hope we get to bust out the retro flat caps again,” Whincup said. “I think the retro theme is a great way for both fans and competitors to celebrate the heritage of our sport and Sandown is the perfect place to do it. It has so much history and if it means we can keep racing there a few years longer, then I'm all for it.”
The Wilson Security Sandown 500 takes place 15-17 September.