Monday, 11 December 2017 11:25

Shootout: Top 10 driver-signature road cars

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There was once a time when the close relationship between manufacturers and motorsport produced a number of driver-signature road cars. We rank the top 10 driver-signature road cars in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #101.

Issue #101 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on issue #101.

10. SCOTT McLAUGHLIN – VOLVO POLESTAR S60/V60

To celebrate Scott McLaughlin’s success in the Volvo S60 Supercar, the Swedish manufacturer produced 10 signature editions for the New Zealand market. Sadly, Volvo’s sudden departure from Supercars left a bitter taste in its legacy.

9. ALLAN MOFFAT – MAZDA RX-7 AMS

Ten Allan Moffat Special Mazda RX-7s were built, allowing Moffat to attempt to homologate the car for racing. After failing CAMS’ homologation test, the signature models went on sale in Victorian dealers.

8. WAYNE GARDNER – HOLDEN VS COMMODORE WGR

Wayne Gardner Racing sought to enter the road-car market by producing a VS Commodore with engine, suspension and bodywork modifications, featuring the name of the motorcycling world champion.

7. JACK BRABHAM – HOLDEN HB TORANA

Holden’s first sporty Torana carried the name of three-times Formula 1 world champion Jack Brabham, with a more powerful 79hp engine, stronger brakes and wider wheel arches.

6. AMBROSE/INGALL – FORD BA FALCON XR8 DEVIL R/ENFORCER

Ford celebrated Stone Brothers Racing’s championship wins with limited-edition XR8 BA Falcons featuring Marcos Ambrose’s Devil R in shock-wave blue and Russell Ingall’s Enforcer in envi green.

5. CRAIG LOWNDES – HOLDEN VF COMMODORE SS-V

The Craig Lowndes SS-V special edition included sporty performance additions from the standard range, with a distinctive black bonnet, side decals and Lowndes’ signature.

4. ALLAN MOFFAT – FORD XC FALCON 500 AMS

Ford produced 500 versions of the Allan Moffat Special Falcon 500 sedan in 1977 featuring a 4.9-litre V8 amongst other performance upgrades. The Moffat-led formation finish at Bathurst that year made the car a hit.

3. JOHN GOSS – FORD XB FALCON JGS

To commemorate victory in the 1974 Bathurst 1000, Ford produced the Ford XB Falcon John Goss Special in 1975. The special edition was based on the XB Falcon 500 two-door hardtop and also featured a 4.9-litre V8.

2. DICK JOHNSON – FORD XE FALCON GRAND PRIX TURBO

After Ford stopped production of the V8-powered Falcon, Dick Johnson gave his name to a turbocharged performance version of the 4.1-litre six-cylinder Falcon XE in the Tru Blu paint- work of his race car in 1982.

1. PETER BROCK - HOLDEN VK COMMODORE SS GROUP A

Peter Brock’s name appeared on many Holdens and other cars but none stand the test of time like the Holden VK Commodore SS Group A. The car was designed by his Holden Dealer Team to homologate the Commodore for Group A and nicknamed it the ‘Blue Meanie’ for its powerful five-litre V8, sporty bodywork and unique colour.

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #101.

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Event Date
Adelaide 500 1-4 March
2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 22-25 March
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint 6-8 April
WD-40 Phillip Island 500 20-22 April
Perth SuperSprint 4-6 May
Winton SuperSprint 18-20 May
CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown 15-17 June
Watpac Townsville 400 6-8 July
Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint 20-22 July
Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint 4 August
The Bend SuperSprint 24-26 August
Sandown 500 14-16 September
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 4-7 October
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 19-21 October
ITM Auckland SuperSprint 2-4 November
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 23-25 November

 

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Scott McLaughlin

2321

 2

 Shane van Gisbergen

2190

 3

 Jamie Whincup 

1870

 4

 David Reynolds

1838

 5

 Craig Lowndes

1821

 6

 Fabian Coulthard

1652

 7

 Rick Kelly

1552

 8

 Chaz Mostert

1517

 9

 Scott Pye

1489

 10

 Tim Slade

1397

 Full points table