Achtung! Achtung! : BMW and Mercedes-Benz may also be “throwin’ a shrimp on the barbi” and saying “G’day mate!” when they join the V8 Supercar series, giving Holdens and Fords in Australia a run for their money in 2012.
So far, Mercedes’ performance division, AMG have been in serious talks about entering the championship, and an announcement may be made as soon as the Melbourne Grand Prix next month, where they will also display their V8 AMG customer ride car.
Although both sides have denied the rumours, the Australian V8 Supercar franchise is actively seeking to hold their races at more upmarket venues, with more upmarket marques, thereby attracting more…well, upmarket viewers. This is helped by the race series’ overhaul on their regulations which allows for more sophisticated V8 engines.
Such activities have been triggered due to a slump in sales for Falcons and Commodores throughout Australia. Thus far, 12 of the 29 cars on the grid receive direct support from Ford and Holden.