The hidden advantage of VCAT 2020

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Supercars’ new aerodynamic testing method will not only provide a level playing field between different manufacturers, but also across all teams, says motorsport chief Adrian Burgess.

Over the past three days a second full VCAT (Aerodynamic Vehicle Control Test) was conducted at the same Oakey Army Aviation Center which hosted a week-long test in December.

The intrinsic purpose was to ensure that the Supercars 2020 specification Holden and Ford models were on the same aerodynamic plane, leaving it to the best driver / team combination to win.

A more open means of distributing information should also help non-homologation teams compete with Triple Eight and DJR Team Penske, which conduct tests on behalf of all Holden and Ford teams respectively.

This in turn could give the underprivileged clothes a better chance of attaching it to the big cannons and ensuring its success this season.

“Part of this revised process is that all test data will be distributed to all teams,” Burgess told

“So instead of just the information provided with the homologation teams, as it has done in the past, test data will be shared among all teams to help level the playing field and reduce learning curves from car modifications. “

Behind the scenes, Supercars, Triple Eight and DJR Team Penske staff spent up to 18 hours a day at the Aviation Center in the crucial hunt for equality.

“It seems silly, but they put these airports in windy places for a reason, so our schedule every day is dictated by the weather, the wind and invariably as everyone knows that the wind dies overnight,” said Burgess.

This means that you arrive at 4 in the morning and depart until 22 to take advantage of the less windy conditions.

In the middle, the focus shifts to assessing parts and settings for the next evening / morning opportunity window.

Burgess has been open about the “unpleasant” need to return for further tests after a discrepancy was found in the opening VCAT, but is confident that the new method for 2020 will reduce the need for changes in the season which have been confusing and frustrating. for fans last year.

“It’s definitely the direction we need to go,” he said.

“We are all happy with it, the two homologation teams and the pitlane are happy with the processes we are carrying out.

“Yes, it is more complicated, it takes more time to achieve the result we want, but in the end it is about trying to achieve equality and a fair race and this is clearly what we want to see.

“Last year was difficult for everyone to make the changes, so we took the necessary steps to try to eradicate the problem from last year and provide the series with two brands where cars are the same.”

Additionally, lessons learned from the two VCATs in this low season will only improve the process for seasons 2021 and beyond.

“Like everything when you go through this process, you have a full account afterwards,” said Burgess.

“There are things we already know we can do differently to further simplify and generate even more data the next time we have this process.”

The teams will gather in Tailem Bend for annual pre-season tests on February 18th, ahead of the Superloop Adelaide 500 later that week.


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