HSV first opened its doors to the public in February 1988 after unveiling the first ‘Walkinshaw’ at the Sydney Motor Show in 1987.
The establishment of the partnership between General Motors Holden and the British Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) group was a major coup not just for performance car connoisseurs, but also for the local industry. The operation began with a clear set of goals and a carefully structured business plan. The aim was simple – to maintain the tradition of Holden-based performance sedans originally established by Peter Brock’s Holden Dealer Team.
Over the years, HSV built an array of modified vehicles, most of which were based on Holden models powered by either Holden or GM sourced V8 engines. For 30 years HSV mastered a very specific vehicle fit for Australian tastes and purposes: the V8, four-door performance sedan that people aspired to own.
In 2017 a new agreement was struck between GM Holden and HSV to bring a whole new breed of vehicles to customers in Australia and New Zealand from across the GM empire. The company is now in an exciting era of vehicle enhancement and re-engineering that sees the same entrepreneurial spirit that has driven HSV for over 30 years and will continue to guide the company for the next 30 years and beyond.