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Holden Boots An SS V Redline Ute Around The 'Ring In Record Time (w/Video)

The Thunda from Down Unda takes to the Green Hell.

Eeeeeeeverybody tests on the Nürburgring Nordschleife these days. Except, apparently, people who make "commercial and utility vehicles." Because when Australia's Holden went to see if they could crack the record for that category with their SS-V Redline Ute, they discovered the record didn't exist.

So they went ahead and set one. Using a production-spec engineering prototype version SS-V Redline Ute (which, in case you're not up to date on your Aussie-made V8-powered El Camino cousins, packs a 349 horsepower, 381 lb-ft V8, a six-speed automatic, and a sports suspension), Holden engineer Rob Trubiani lapped the 'Ring in 8:19.47, which puts it right between the 2007 Lexus IS F (8:18) and the 2010 Chevy Camaro SS (8:20) on Wikipedia's big chart of Nürburgring Nordschleife lap times.

Okay, the "commercial and utility vehicle" record thing is a little nebulous—we've never heard that category before, so maybe it's an Australian thing—but punting a RWD, V8-powered car with a truck bed around the Nordschleife in roughly the same time as a 987-generation Porsche Boxster S is pretty damn impressive. Plus, Holden made a nice series of videos about their journey to set that "record," which combine our love of V8-powered muscle cars with our enjoyment for watching Nurburgring footage. It's Friday; take some time and watch the videos.

[via WorldCarFans]

  • Ben says:
    June 29, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Impressive, it used to be the only turns the driver could do in a ute with any kind of revs was a doughie. Utes are an Aussie rural/country/tradie thing, we even have a racing series for them ad yes it IS differet from drifting... which is what's behind the demand for sporting versions. (lol my phone wants to auto correct ute to uterus and tradie to Tessie... if I tried to do that I'd get bashed)

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