http://ninemsn.carpoint.com.au/news/2012/-32510 Just when I thought the series couldn't get any more pointless - they decide to put a Mercedes on the grid that isn't actually a Mercedes, and will share most of it's parts with a Holden. This of course is in addition to the Nissans based on a model made in Canada (and not sold here) powered by a modified Patrol engine (since it was the only thing in Nissan's inventory primitive enough to be allowed under the rules). So all we get is race vehicles that have nothing in common with what's on the road - yet at the same time contribute nothing to technological development other than new ways to cheat within the prescribed design rules. Meanwhile they continue to add live bands and other meaningless distractions to try and attract people with little interest in actual racing. Haven't they learnt anything from Formula 1. :soapbox: Anyway, that's my rant. So I suppose the question is whether anyone is actually happy to see cars with no relevance to the real world, and forced to use woefully outdated technology, being raced? Personally I'd like to see it go back to a proper production based battle, even if this means Aussie cars don't always win (with classes defined on the basis of purchase price rather than capacity). However I can also see merit in going to the other extreme of a Nascar style standard to create close racing at a much lower cost than the way they're doing it now.