Now that India’s second Formula 1 event is in the books, race fans in the country can look forward to more fast cars later this year courtesy of Holden Special Vehicles (HSV). The Australian engineers have developed an India-specific race car that should arrive in the country this December. Additionally, HSV says it’s working to develop KERS technology.
Let’s start with the race car, which is based on the HSV ClubSport R8 sedan and was developed by a team that included engineers from HSV and its sister company, Walkinshaw Racing. The two HSV race car will be powered by an LS3 6.2-liter V-8 tuned to produced 536 hp. Other requisite mods include racing wheels and tires, roll cage, rear race wing, and bucket seats with a 6-point harness system. HSV says the cars will be used for a one-make racing series in India that has the potential to spread to other Asian countries.
And included at the bottom of the press release were a few words about a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). The two cars headed to India won’t have KERS, but HSV says the company has “the parts and supplier” and is “keen to add” the technology on the next race car. GM doesn’t yet have KERS, so we wonder if an HSV-developed system could eventually be included in other global vehicles such as a future Corvette or CTS-V model.