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Tru­biani v The ’Ring

Motor (Australia) - - FIRST ENCOUNTER - – SN

ONE good rea­son Rob Tru­biani knows how to make a good per­for­mance car is he knows how to drive them. Tru­biani is one of a very lim­ited num­ber of peo­ple in the Gen­eral Mo­tors world to have Nur­bur­gring ac­cred­i­ta­tion, which al­lows him to drive dur­ing the in­dus­try test days.

In or­der to earn this ac­cred­i­ta­tion, re­quired dur­ing de­vel­op­ment for the fifth-gen­er­a­tion Chevro­let Ca­maro, Tru­biani had to pass GM’s rig­or­ous in­ter­nal high per­for­mance driv­ing course as well as a three-day course at the Nur­bur­gring.

“The GM li­cens­ing be­fore they al­low you to get to the Nur­bur­gring is re­ally, re­ally strict,” ex­plains Tru­biani.

“So get­ting through the GM sys­tem was quite a chal­lenge. You’ve got to be within a per­cent­age lap time of one of the top guys [and] in my day a guy called John Hein­ricy used to be the direc­tor of the high per­for­mance group and he was an 11-time Sports Car Club of Amer­ica cham­pion.”

Tru­biani used this abil­ity to good ef­fect when he set an 8min19.47sec lap at the ’Ring in a Holden VF Red­line ute in 2013. Ini­tial prac­tice sug­gested 8min30sec would be pos­si­ble, but with just one timed lap Tru­biani put it on the line, in the process es­tab­lish­ing a record for a util­ity ve­hi­cle.

The ques­tion is, with the 304kW LS3 V8 and ad­di­tional up­grades, how much quicker would a VF II be?

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