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30 NT NEWS. Friday, June 14, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 4 -J U N -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 3 0 C O L O R : C M Y K W elcome to the 2013 SKYCITY Triple CrownV8 Supercars Championship Series Hidden Valley DARWIN. This event is regarded as one of the Territorys great sporting events. On the racetrackwewill see for the first time the emergence of new rivals Mercedes andNissan taking their place on theHidden Valley grid togetherwith old rivals Holden and Ford. My Government is committed to ensure the status of this outstanding event ismaintained andwe are pleased to confirm the V8s are secured until 2018. I would like to thank all of the officials and those involved in bringing the 2013 event together. I am surewe are guaranteed three fabulous days of racing. HonAdamGilesMLA ChiefMinister of theNT T HE SKYCITY Triple CrownV8 Supercars on June 14-16 at Hidden Valley Darwin will bewill be the 16th year of the V8 Supercars in the Territory. Its good for tourism and the economy. According to the 2012 economic impact analysis of the event it is estimated to have brought $16 million of new expenditure to Darwin. This excludes the expenditure by Darwin residents. Two thirds of the attendeeswere fromDarwin and one third are from interstate orwithin the Territory providing a welcome boost to Tourism. The Government has a long-term agreementwith V8 Supercars Australiawith the Darwin round secured until 2018 enjoy your stay and enjoy Hidden Valley. HonMatt ConlanMLA Minister for Tourism& Major Events Whats different about the V8Supercar of the Future? W E ARE celebrating the 16th year of V8 Supercars competing at Darwins Hidden Valley circuit. And fans this yearwill see close-up in the paddock and running hard and fast on the track the biggest change ever to theworlds best touring car category. Sowhat is different about the newbreed ofmachines known as Car of the Future? First and foremost for the diehard followers of the sport, they are still V8 powered and Holden and Ford continue as the basic DNA of the category. But, importantly, new makes andmodels have entered the competition and both Nissan andMercedes Benzwill be running hard and fast at the Darwin event for the very first time. After three years in the making, the V8 Supercars Car of the Future (COTF)was launched at the first event this year (Clipsal 500Adelaide) and alongwith Ford Falcon FG and Holden Commodore VFmodels the grid now includes four examples of the Nissan Altima and three ErebusMotorsport Mercedes Benz E63AMG machines. BUTapart from the rule changes to allow for new manufacturers to compete, the COTF initiativemeans that the2013model V8 Supercars are dramatically different from theprevious cars in the following respects: n THE chassis design and specifications is fixed, with all cars being dimensionally identical. n THE engine ismounted 100mm further back and lower to protect the engine in case of frontal contact and to improveweight distribution n THEwheel and tyre size has been increased to 18 inches which allows for bigger brakes n THEwindscreen is constructed of polycarbonate, that has 250 times the strength of glass n A collapsible steering column is fittedwith the collapsible section in the engine bay n Anew combined gearbox and differential (transaxle) is used n INDEPENDENT rear suspension has been incorporated in the newdesign n THE fuel cell has been moved forward to protect it from rear impact THAT is theV8Supercar Car of the Future designed for the long term viability andgrowthof the sport.