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Supercars ratifies panel changes from Ford and Nissan

22 March 2018

Ford and Nissan are set to run new composite panels on their cars at the upcoming race at Albert Park after receiving official sign-off from Supercars.

The approval comes after the homologations teams, Tickford Racing and Nissan Motorsport applied to run lighter, composition panels from the Australian Grand Prix event. The applications, for a composite roof and bonnet in Tickford’s case and Nissan’s request for a composite roof have now been granted. The ratification follows the debut of the ZB Holden Commodore in Adelaide, which features a variety of carbon components including its roof and rear firewall. This use of composites meant that there ZBs were running as much as 40 kg of ballast to achieve the category’s 1,410 kg minimum weight.

Supercars confirmed the approval of the changes prior to the Melbourne 400 practice, explaining the process via a statement. “The process for a team to change a panel or part is to be approved by the Sporting and Technical Director [David Stuart],” it read.

“The homologation team for that manufacturer’s model must formally request the change, after which it will be assessed in line with the rules and regulations of the sport, ensuring there is no compromise in safety or competition parity.  Once approved the teams using that manufacturer’s model can implement the change for competition.”

All four Nissans have been fitted with the new composite roofs for this weekend’s races, while time constraints have meant that the Fords will be running a mix of old and new panels.

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