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Australia's capital city, Canberra, hosted its first event on the Canberra Street Circuit in 2000.
In 2001, a championship round was held in New Zealand for the first time, at Pukekohe Park Raceway.
Control tyres were used for the first time, with Bridgestone selected as the supplier.
From 1995, the 2.0-litre cars, now contesting their own series as Super Touring cars, became ineligible for the Australian Touring Car Championship.
They did not contest the endurance races at Sandown and Bathurst, leaving these open solely to the 5.0-litre Ford and Holden models.
All cars must use a 5.0-litre, naturally aspirated V8 engine.
The concept of a formula centred around V8-engined Fords and Holdens for the Australian Touring Car Championship had been established as early as mid-1991.
The new rules meant that cars such as the turbocharged Nissan Skyline GT-R and Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth were not eligible to compete in 1993, while cars such as the BMW M3 were.