In 2018, the Australia Supercars Championship will introduce the new SuperUtes race class, which will see dual-cab versions of pick-up trucks battle it out on track. Now, Holden has decided to declare its support with the Colorado, which will be one of six models in the race series.

As with the other pick-up trucks – Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton, Mazda BT-50, Toyota Hilux and Isuzu D-Max – the Colorado too will have to undergo homologation. Among the targets set include a maximum output of 345 hp (340 bhp) and 678 Nm of torque, where a MoTeC-supplied ECU will control engine torque and horsepower on the diesel powerplants for each vehicle.

All SuperUtes will also feature a Chrome Moly rollcage, a selection of control components (gearbox and differential, brakes, tyres, springs/dampers and pedal box) to ensure parity and minimise costs, and 20-inch wheels supplied by PDW. The vehicles must also have a minimum weight of 1,800 kg.

“Holden has been such an integral part of Supercars rich history, so it goes without saying that we are delighted to welcome it to the SuperUtes ECB Series,” said James Warburton, CEO of Australia Supercars.

“With official testing having commenced last week and six models approved for racing, the SuperUtes Series will commence in 2018 with a very strong field and what will be great racing,” he added.