When you are watching 30+ V8 Supercars racing around Mount Panorama all relative to each other, it is difficult to grasp how fast these cars really are in comparison to a high performance road car.
To give us an understanding, some genius come up with the idea of a Speed Comparison. In short, a speed comparison is where 3 completely different cars are placed on a race track, released off the start line at different times with a 1 lap dash to the finish. All going to plan, the cars should neck and neck as they cross the finish line.
Holden Speed Comparison
Today, we look back to 2004 and possibly the most iconic speed comparison to ever hit the mountain.
This footage gives you a great understanding on how much V8 Supercars evolved from 1979 to 2004.
It also puts into prospective the difference between a high performance Holden road car and a competitive V8 Supercar. The three cars involved are:
- 2004 Holden VZ Commodore SS: A 5.7-litre V8 Holden performance car with 250 kW being driven by Cameron McConville. Cam was driving for Garry Rogers Motorsport at the time.
1979 HDT LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback: The exact car that won the 1979 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 by 6 laps setting the lap record on the very last lap. It is being driven by none other that the “Mountain Master” and 9-time Bathurst Champion Peter Brock.
2004 V8 Supercar: The Holden Racing Team VY Commodore V8 Supercar driven by 6-time Bathurst 1000 winner Mark Skaife.
Let’s rewind back to the 2004 Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 for the Holden Speed Comparison.
Although it wasn’t a close finish, it is great to see that a then 25 year old Touring Car can still out run a current model high-performance road car on a Bathurst hot lap.
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