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VE Commodore - HRT V8 Supercar breaks cover

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The VE -- built by Walkinshaw Performance, run by Holden Racing Team in Holden Motorsport livery with 07 on its doors, and driven by Todd Kelly -- did three days of aerodynamic testing at Woomera after its earlier trials at Holden's Lang Lang proving ground in Victoria.

Today's Auto Action report, by its editor-at-large Mark Fogarty, says the pictures "expose the VE racer's muscular DTM-style façade, featuring a new front clip that accentuates the road car's signature bulging wheel arches".

It says the Woomera sprints were restricted to 200kmh "as the test programme was limited to measuring and fine-tuning the downforce and drag levels of the VE's aggressive-looking front splitter and undertray assembly, and towering rear wing at simulated racetrack cornering speeds".

"As a result of the measurements, the front clip and boot-lid wing will be altered to match the VZ's downforce," it says.

The public unveiling of the VE Supercar is planned for October, after the Bathurst 1000, and Holden hopes to have all its leading teams fielding VEs in 2007.

Auto Action reports that the VE racecar is designed to be up to 50 per cent cheaper to build and repair, mainly by enabling the VZ engine and drivetrain to be retained with minimal modification.

Full article and pictures:

http://ninemsn.carpoint.com.au/car-review/2071169.aspx

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