Supercars is set to experiment a push to pass system this year as a part of a new Gen3 control electronics system.
The series published a tender document for a new ‘control electrics and electronics system’, which suggests that a throttle-based push-to-pass system will be trialled.
“Various push to pass methods are under review but as minimum, provision is required for a push to pass system,” read the document.
“We will be trialling a throttle-based push to pass system. For this we will need an addition three axis throttle translation table that is activated by the push to pass switch.”
One of the options being considered would be a recovered energy push to pass system similar to the KERS function used in Formula 1 between 2009 and 2013. This is keeping in line with the hybrid-ready Gen3 regulations set to roll out in 2022.
Though any push to pass system will likely be delayed until at least the start of the 2023 season.
“Hybrid integration is being considered for the [Gen3] project,” the document explained. “It is expected that this will not be used for the start of 2022.”
A push to pass system could see the problem of processional races alleviated, giving drivers another attack and defence weapon.
The document also raised the possibility of introducing paddle shift technology, which would replace the current sequential stick shift.
A successful bidder to the tender will be required to supply a full steering wheel “with paddle shift switch mechanism including the CAN control switch system, switches and display with integrated shift lights.”
Supercars are hoping to select a tender by February 5, with the contract extending to at least 2025.