Holden Commodore Ute Nurburgring run confirmed at last

Holden has officially confirmed a Holden VF Commodore Ute has made a lap record attempt at Germany�??s famous Nurburgring circuit �?" nearly two months after CarAdvice reported it.

Sources had revealed a time around the 21km-long circuit of �??about 8min 20sec�?� and Holden says the Ute�??s exact time was 8min 19.47sec.

The local car maker has used the run primarily as the basis for a new advertising campaign, though while is says it is setting rather than breaking a world record for a commercial and utility vehicle it makes the SS V Redline Ute �??faster than many exotic sports cars costing several times more than the Ute�?� around the Nurburgring.

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CarAdvice�??s May 3rd story on the VF Commodore Ute�??s record run at the Nurburgring.

The 260kW V8-powered Holden Commodore SS V Redline Ute was piloted by Holden vehicle dynamics engineer Robert Trubiani �?" one of GM�??s most experienced employees when it comes to the Nurburgring with 150 laps to his credit during three visits.

The SS V Redline Ute completed 35 laps totalling more than 720km over seven days.

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�??We came up with a plan to tackle the Nürburgring and break the world record for a commercial or utility vehicle but when we did our research it seemed one didn�??t exist, so we decided to set a record instead,�?� said Trubiani.

�??Without a lap record to break, we sat down and calculated what we thought the Ute could do and targeted around 8min 30sec. Initial practice sessions at the track confirmed that was a stretch target so that�??s what we aimed for. To slash 11 seconds from that time with an 8m 19.47sec lap was incredible. There may not have been a utility-vehicle record before but I�??m proud to say the VF SS V Redline Ute is now the Nürburgring benchmark.�?�

The Holden Commodore SS V Ute starts from $42,490, rising to $50,690 for the Redline auto version.


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