Monstrous V8's to attract the crowds in the 2008 V8 Supercar series downunder.

The 2008 Australia V8 Supercar series is revving up for a bumper year. Television viewers switched on in 2007 to watch these super sedans battle it out in the heat and dust in record numbers.

The V8 supercar series is etched forever into the minds of all Australian motorsport fans, and the series has been running for over 35 years now in some way shape or form. The classic Holden verses Ford battle is set to kick of its 2008 season at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide street circuit on 21st of February.

The enthralling combination of competitive drivers, passionate fans and 600+hp V8's is a recipe for some seriously close racing. Two types of vehicle compete in the series, both of which are home grown and designed Australian vehicles. The Ford Falcon is unique to Australia and has been made for over 40 years and can be had with a 4.0L I6, 4.0L I6 Turbo and 5.4L V8 engines. The Holden Commodore is sold in limited numbers in the Middle East, North America and the UK under various GM brands and can be equipped with a 3.6L V6 to an enormous 6.0L V8. However, both Ford and Holden race cars ditch the production units for bespoke 5.0L pushrod V8's and live axle rear suspension to keep the racing as close as possible. There will be plenty of scrapes, dents and broken wing mirrors to look forward to in a few weeks.

Gallery: Record Viewers for V8 Supercar Series