Australia’s V8 Supercars championship will drop its reference to V8s six months early after securing a new title sponsor.
The category will simply be known as Supercars from July 1, ahead of next year’s new “Gen2” rules which will allow engines other than V8s and new car shapes including two-door coupes to race.
“V8 engines will always be part of our sport but as we continue to open the door to new manufacturers and different engine configurations as part of the transition to the Gen2 regulations, we believe the time is right to move to Supercars,” chief executive James Warburton said on Wednesday.
Warburton announced a new five-year naming rights deal with airline Virgin Australia.
It’s the first time the championship has had a title sponsor since Shell backed the competition from 1993 to 2001.
The next round of the championship begins on May 6 at Perth’s Barbagallo Raceway.