AUSTRALIA’S FAVOURITE LUXURY AND HIGH PERFORMANCE CAR COMPANY
HSV has produced over 85,000 cars since unveiling the first ‘Walkinshaw’ at the Sydney Motor Show in 1987.
Since then, the company has successfully combined the best new technologies – like Enhanced Driver Interface, Torque Vectoring and Magnetic Ride Control – with distinctive HSV styling, to create cars Australians love to drive.
Please take the time to explore www.hsv.com.au and learn more about HSV and our motorsport teams.
HISTORY OF HSV
Australian made muscle cars took on a new maturity when HSV opened its doors to the public in February 1988.
The establishment of the partnership between General Motors Holden and the British Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) group was a major coup not just for performance car connoisseurs, but also for the local industry.
The new operation began with a clear set of goals and a carefully structured business plan. The aims were simple: the brief was to maintain the tradition of Holden-based performance sedans originally established by Peter Brock’s Holden Dealer Team.
HSV’s first task was clear-cut: it was to get the recently unveiled TWR Group A VL Commodore into production. To do this, newly appointed Managing Director John Crennan embarked on a mission to sign up about 30 people capable of doing the job at the newly established Notting Hill facility in Melbourne’s south-east.
If any proof of the fledgling HSV’s credibility was needed, it was certainly there just three years later, when the company built its 5,000th vehicle.
HSV today is an important part of Holden operations with dealers across Australia and New Zealand and an enviable reputation for innovation and technological achievement. With over 85,000 vehicles built for Australian and international markets, the company has taken luxury and performance motoring to a whole new level.
With the combination of total factory support and a team of gifted engineers and designers, the Melbourne-based company has developed a reputation for being the originator of some of the best sporting sedans ever built in this country.
From the first Commodore VL-based Group A car in 1988 to the 375kW W427 – the company’s 20th anniversary ‘gift’ to the auto industry – HSV has been providing a hungry car-buying public with the touch of excitement not easily found in regular production cars.
HSV took over from where HDT left off in 1987, after Holden conducted a world-wide tender for a partner to establish a facility that would continue the local sporting-sedan tradition.
That partner was TWR, a diverse and innovative UK-based operation that had its chief focus in production car racing and was well known in Australia for, among other things, its Bathurst-winning efforts, with an XJS Jaguar, in 1985.
TWR, which started in Britain as a small operation working out of a back street in the late 1960s, had also overseen four international championships, including wins in the Spa 24-hour race in 1981 (in a Mazda) and 1984 (in a Jaguar). Founder and Chairman, Tom Walkinshaw, was European Touring Car champion in 1984.
TWR’s diverse activities, in race car development, design and engineering, were the perfect foundation for developing a team that would take the Australian muscle car into new areas of refinement and sophistication.
The first evidence of this collaboration was the VL Group A Commodore project in 1988, the now-famous ‘Batmobile’ (so-named because of the massive rear-deck spoiler and radical body kit) that was built as a homologation car to comply with FISA international Group A regulations, the precursor to today’s V8 Supercar series.
Today, HSV is known for producing cars that the public just love to drive, led by Managing Director Tim Jackson.
Under the Walkinshaw umbrella comes the company’s motorsport operation known as Walkinshaw Racing. Headed by Adrian Burgess, Walkinshaw Racing encompasses the recently launched Mobil 1 HSV Racing team, whilst also supplying engines and other componentry to a range of Holden backed Supercar teams.
The synergies of running a motorsport and performance car operation from the one Clayton based facility are obvious and while it might be a cliché, HSV engineers can literally be found assessing data and plotting Supercar victories on a Sunday and be back at HSV on a Monday building the supercar of tomorrow.
Today HSV is a shining example of Australian ingenuity, enterprise and business savvy.