Supercars in 360 degrees: Time For Coffee?


It may not be called V8 Supercars any more, but Australia's premier touring car series remains a fantastically competitive and incredibly exciting championship. And as this video proves, it's even good watching when there's just a single car...

This clip is from the recent Sandown 500 weekend, onboard with Nissan driver Michael Caruso for a lap. This isn't a conventional onboard however, as the video is in 360 degrees - technology that's still fresh enough for the novelty to have not worn off.

To be able to scroll all around the screen and see Caruso at work is a real treat, the Aussie feverishly busy at the wheel in the damp conditions. Any concerns that modern racing cars are a bit sterile should be allayed in these 90 seconds: watch the stabs of opposite lock (sometimes right when you're not expecting them), the heel and toe downchanges and the furious commitment required to get this Nissan around a lap. Indeed you could just watch the foot cam the whole time, if you wish...

There aren't many 360-degree videos on the Supercars channel at the moment; on this evidence you would have to hope they can continue. As one commenter has already said, bring on the Bathurst vids!

Watch the video here.

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  • JMF894 28 Sep 2017

    Didn't know about the 360 view. Fantastic! Interesting sound from a V8 I must add.........................

  • sumpoil 28 Sep 2017

    Awesome stuff! .... even though it's a sequential 'box it's nice to see drivers having to use 3 pedals and shift manually.

    Don't keep up with this series as much as I used to. Why have they dropped the 'V8' from the name? Is it now open to other engine configurations or is it in preparation for a move away from n/a engines?

  • rodericb 28 Sep 2017

    sumpoil said:
    Awesome stuff! .... even though it's a sequential 'box it's nice to see drivers having to use 3 pedals and shift manually.

    Don't keep up with this series as much as I used to. Why have they dropped the 'V8' from the name? Is it now open to other engine configurations or is it in preparation for a move away from n/a engines?
    Yeah, the rules were changed in mid 2016 for the 2017 season to allow turbo 4's and turbo 6's (as well as 2 door cars) but no one has run any car like that yet. It also coincides with the cessation of manufacture of the Falcon and Commodore.

  • ZX10R NIN 28 Sep 2017

    The Holdens will run the 3.5TT in some races next year but still a four door saloon shell, the V8's have been great this year real close.

    As a sidebar Motorsport TV will be showing Bathurst 1000 live.

    Here's an onboards & intro to a lap around Bathurst:

    https://youtu.be/nwn3uIoNVKo

    A nice intro to the Great Race

    https://youtu.be/lJCE-0CnoVA

    One of the funniest onboard commentaries I've heard.

    https://youtu.be/kLkLtBkUVuo


  • moktabe 29 Sep 2017

    Seen some great cars going around Sandown.

    Used to travel to Melbourne with European horses for The Melbourne Cup and the quarantine centre was next to the racetrack.

    A short walk up a grass bank and there was the track, good times.

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