General Motors’ thunder from Down Under, Holden, is claiming a new lap record at the Nürburgring… in the commercial and utility vehicle segment. You see, the company’s amusingly powerful Ute is technically classified as a Class NA Light Goods Vehicle, so despite its car platform, one can technically argue that it’s a commercial pickup truck. Kinda sorta.
In any case, Holden recently brought its new VF SS Redline Ute to the ‘Ring, and the company’s dynamics engineer, Rob Trubiani, posted a lap time of 8:19.47. Sure, this means the Ute is at the top of the pickup class at the Green Hell, but it’s only the third vehicle of its kind (sort of) to run the ‘Ring. Previously, pickup lap times have been performed in the Dodge Ram SRT10 and the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor… and that’s about it.
Thankfully, Holden captured the event on camera, and regardless of how you feel about the vehicle’s classification in the pickup segment, you should check out the 349-horsepower Ute’s ‘Ring run in the video below. It’s worth watching, if only because it’s a very nicely narrated lap that might help you with your Gran Turismo strategy. The full press blast is found just beyond that, as well.
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Official: Holden claims new ‘Ring lap time record for trucks [w/video]