Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) managing director Phil Harding has declared the horsepower wars are over in Australia.

Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) managing director Phil Harding has declared the horsepower wars are over in Australia.

Speaking to Go Auto, Harding said it is too expensive to continue to develop engines that are more powerful than their predecessors. As he explained, it now costs as much to produce an extra 7 HP (5 kW) as it would to produce an extra 68 HP (50 kW).  This makes incremental power increases a losing proposition because the cars still have to go through "certification, homologation, development, [and] testing." In the end, Harding contends the whole process is "hugely expensive."

While it's sad to hear that HSV is calling for an end to the horsepower wars, it's not terribly surprising as Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) recently became a fully-owned Ford entity just months before the company announced plans to close all their manufacturing facilities in Australia by October 2016.

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