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This from Left Lane News, thought it was topical::duel:

With the popularity of Australia's V8 Supercars racing series growing -- and new rules that allow more types of cars to compete -- automakers are piling on for a piece of the action the publicity that goes along with it. But at least one car company is more than a little skeptical about the benefits of getting involved.
In a recent interview with Motoring, David Blackhall, Jaguar's Managing Director for Asia Pacific, said he thinks other carmakers are "insane" for getting involved with the racing series. Initially dominated by Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores, the competition was opened to more brands when regulations were tweaked earlier this year. Nissan was the first to jump in, entering its new Altima into the competition.
In recent weeks, Volvo announced it would invest $6 million to enter two S60 Polestar sedans in the championship, with support from Garry Rogers Motorsport. Also entering the fray is Mercedes, with three Mercedes-Benz E63 AMGs slated to compete with the help of Erebus Racing.
With the lineup of vehicles becoming increasingly premium, two racing teams approached Jaguar about joining the series.
"We have been approached by two teams," said Blackhall. "We took a look at the economics and the demographics, and we briefly discussed it with Adrian [Hallmark]," Jaguar's global director. "But the business decision around that is frankly insane."

Jaguar isn't just skeptical about its own involvement in the series, Blackhall thinks Mercedes is making a mistake, too. "I don’t know what it does for AMG to get flogged by a V8 Commodore week after week, but it's their brand, their issue," he said. "And the same thing will happen to Volvo to be honest."
 

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AMG did not want to be in the V8 series, the millionaire who wants it is paying with her own money, this is why "Erebus" are racing and not AMG or MB, they are not factory backed.
 

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Exactly jat63. Erebus are a customer team AMG are only looking after the engine program and technology. Mercedes Australia wanted no part of it but the Mercedes Dealers did want in. That I know for a fact as it was clearly stated in a press release I read before last years announcement and an acquaintance who works in a local dealership stated as much to me.
Mercedes Benz Germany had no problem with the idea but stated it was entirely up to Mercedez Australia
 

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Volvo couldn't have picked a better team in GRM to run this alliance and on the surface sounds more similar to Erebus format with Volvo developing the engine.
 

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I actually never expected AMG to get flogged by a GM/Holden, because seeing how great their production vehicles are you'd think they would be able to kill just about anything on the track
 

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Holden & Ford have been playing each other for thirty years, back then half the race was to finish it without a dnf breakdown
 
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