Information of discontent from Ford Efficiency concerning the new-spec Supercars emerged yesterday amid the ultimate levels of homologation.
It is understood that Ford declined to log out on the VCAT aero homologation check that occurred with the Mustang and Camaro prototypes in Queensland lately.
That was regardless of Supercars leaving the check glad with the aero parity between the 2 vehicles.
In conferences since then Ford has requested extra information for its personal evaluation.
Whereas sources have indicated that Ford’s issues are based totally on that VCAT information, Supercars technical boss Adrian Burgess says the continuing discussions with Blue Oval officers contain a holistic – and evolving – strategy to discovering parity.
“The method isn’t completed,” stated Burgess. “The method is sort of advanced and lengthy.
“Our parity course of is over many pillars of parity, so till all the homologation course of is completed, we’ll proceed working with each of the producers and clearly Supercars and the homologation crew till we’re all comfortable and that the method is definitely completed.
“We’re working with them. We converse with them every day. The homologation of the automotive is over many elements and that isn’t completed but, so the automotive isn’t homologated.
“We’re ticking off a few pillars of parity but it surely’s an general that provides
us the automotive, offers us the shut racing they usually’re all interlinked.
“So while aero is one a part of it there are different elements that feed into that very same parity and we proceed to work with them and work on the 2 vehicles to attain that.”
Whereas it is understood Supercars can log out on the aero homologation with out Ford’s approval, Burgess emphasised the significance of getting each producers snug with the end result.
“After all we care what [Ford] thinks and we discuss with them every day. However it’s a
course of,” Burgess defined.
“The opposite elements of the parity course of want to return collectively to really make sense after which for each producers and Supercars to agree that the vehicles are homologated.
“There’s no real interest in Supercars signing off on one thing after we haven’t bought everybody else lined up with it. They’re all interlinked.
“Sadly the media hype is specializing in one a part of the method, however I would like a few different elements of the method completed and aligned in order that they make sense collectively.”
Burgess added that he’s snug with the VCAT and common homologation processes regardless of Ford’s issues.
“We’re very assured within the course of and we’re very assured within the numbers. However this can be a little bit of a journey that everyone is on,” stated Burgess.
“There are different elements that we have been working by means of in our circuit testing that we’re nonetheless finalising, hand in hand with each of our producers, that may convey extra confidence to the general image.
“Sadly in the intervening time we’re all making an attempt to take a look at the general image, however we’re nonetheless making it. That is not saying we’re not organised. That is to saying we have run out of time. We’ve not.
“For instance engines; HPE has bought six [Ford] manufacturing engines completed. However they have not been delivered to me but, so I have not run by means of all of them on the dyno to ensure they’re all the identical.
“So when it comes to setting that remaining, small quantity, when it comes to engines, I have to run manufacturing engines. With one or two growth engines I can get a seize of what they’re, however I would like the manufacturing elements.
“With that confidence, and that being finalised, that may then convey the remainder of the items of the jigsaw collectively.
“That is what Ford is speaking to us about, and we’re speaking very brazenly and confidentially with them. We needn’t publicise it up and down the paddock.
“Everyone seems to be snug with the method and we’re working hand-in-hand to ensure all of us come out of this with a automotive that we’re all comfortable to homologate.”