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Supercars provides Gen3 engine update

SUPERCARS has detailed the process which has seen the first Gen3 engines delivered to teams.

A key change for 2023 is the elimination of powerplant provider choice, with Herrod Performance Engines looking after all Ford teams and KRE Race Engines for all Chevrolets.

That has seen the centralisation of unit distribution, with all motors being sent to Supercars engine expert Craig Hasted to be dyno tested and randomly allocated.

An online lottery featuring a computerised random number generator was used to assign engines, team principals plus Supercars CEO Shane Howard and head of motorsport Adrian Burgess being on hand to monitor that process.

“With the move to a common engine supplier for the respective Gen3 models, Supercars took the step of randomising the allocation to ward off any suggestions of favouritism,” said Burgess.

“Given suppliers could not predict which particular engine would go where, not saying they would, but the lottery meant there was no scope for the builders to favour any team, which will ensure drivers have equal opportunity to perform at their best when they hit the track.

“No one will build a special engine for a special customer.”

Matt Stone Racing publicly celebrated the receipt of its first engine earlier this week – a critical step in the right direction amid the rush to get ready for testing and the Newcastle season-opener.

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“We’ve all been pretty keen to get our hands on the engines,” Stone told Supercars.com.

“The lottery was something different, but it’s done to make sure it was fair and open.

“It’s good to have that key part of the Gen3 puzzle done so we can learn more about the cars.

“For us now, it’s about ticking the boxes and getting it done right.

“It’s really exciting — it’s the biggest undertaking that we’ve done, by far.

“We want to get out onto the track as soon as possible, but we want the cars to be 100 per cent ready.

“We’ll keep working away and get it all done right.”

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