Trubiani v The ’Ring
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?