June 27, 2003

FANTASY RUINED

Oh, great. After Id paid the deposit and everything:

Australia's first supercar, the Holden Monaro-based HRT 427, will not go ahead, doomed by a cost blowout that saw the ambitious project shelved yesterday.

The car, to have been built by Holden Special Vehicles at Clayton, was tagged as Australia's answer to the best Porsche and Ferrari had to offer. But it was deemed too expensive.

Posted by Tim Blair at June 27, 2003 06:01 AM
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"There was a surprising number of customers who wanted to use the 427 for road use," Mr Payne said


hey, you've only got those 'road warrior' movies to blame

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at June 27, 2003 at 06:37 AM

I hope that I get my deposit back...!

Posted by: Wallace at June 27, 2003 at 08:24 AM

The person heading up this project must be a liberal in the purest sense of the liberal / no fun relationship you wrote about earlier. I am not sure what they mean by "Too Expensive". Lets face it, there will always someone prepared to pay to have the major woody created by driving this car. Do you think Ferrari ever considered dropping the F50 as "Too Expensive". Just a thought.

Posted by: swassociates at June 27, 2003 at 09:25 AM

Does this mean Holden has to give back the Bathurst trophy, given that they ran the 427 as a "production" car?

Posted by: Patrick at June 27, 2003 at 11:28 AM

Good call, Patrick!

Posted by: tim at June 27, 2003 at 11:34 AM

When GMH can build a chassis with straight rails they may be considered an average vehicle manufacturer. For this idiot to use the names of Ferrari and Porsche in the same setence as Holden beggars belief- a HSV commodore can't keep up with a $42,000 Subaru Impreza WRX, let alone anything exotic. Funny that GMH as to shoehorn a big block chev into their product to make it perform anything like any number of 2 litre Japanese buzzboxes.

Posted by: paul bickford at June 27, 2003 at 11:40 AM

Heh, reminds me of the Vector W8's they tried to make over here a while back. Used fighter-jet grade components, cost about half a million US each as I recall, and this at a time when you could get a Lamborghini Countach for half that. Anyway, they managed to make like 6 of them before the company shut down.

Those damned Italians - always one step ahead of us.

Posted by: W. at June 27, 2003 at 11:52 AM

"There ain't no substitute for cubes"

Posted by: BruceT at June 27, 2003 at 12:19 PM

Come on, Tim, how were you going to afford one of those?

It's that CIA slush fund, isn't it?

Posted by: Mork at June 27, 2003 at 12:29 PM

Swassociates:

"Lets face it, there will always be someone prepared to pay to have the major woody created by driving this car."

Wouldn't Viagra be cheaper?

Posted by: Alice at June 27, 2003 at 01:23 PM

To Bruce T- if there ain't no substitute for cubes, why won't the V8 supercars run up against 2 litre touring cars? Because the would get beaten like a red-headed stepchild.
Cast iron V8s are the automotive equivalent of the steam engine.

Posted by: paul bickford at June 27, 2003 at 01:24 PM

The CIA and the Stern Gang, Mork. And the John Birch Society was going to install a CD player.

Posted by: tim at June 27, 2003 at 01:25 PM

Alice

Viagra = Wood, 427 Monaro = Major Wood. Sort of like a Iron or a Driver. Both will hit the ball, one hits it a lot further.

Posted by: swassociates at June 27, 2003 at 01:47 PM

I've heard those John Birch Society CD players don't have a lot of bass.

Posted by: Mork at June 27, 2003 at 02:09 PM

"To Bruce T- if there ain't no substitute for cubes, why won't the V8 supercars run up against 2 litre touring cars?"

Not enough competition??

Seriously, each to his own. You like the scream of tiny cylinders, turbo-fed, approaching warp revolutions.

Me, I think anything under 6.5 litres is a starter motor, not an engine.

Just as well we all don't like redheads ........

Posted by: BruceT at June 27, 2003 at 02:32 PM

Buzz-box is the word, Paul. V8s dRoolz! If I throw an intercooled turbocharger on my Clubby (just like the buzz boxes have), +6 lbs will take my 'at the wheel' kilowatts up by 70%. And the engine will still be perfect condition when the riceracer has blown his thru his bonnet 8^)

Hmmm... I wonder what +12 lbs would do...

Cost me the rest of my points, no doubt.

Posted by: Paul Johnson at June 27, 2003 at 03:55 PM

I have a '79 statesman with a 350 chev, 21/2 in system, 4 barrel holley on a flat plane edelbrock, which I use for towing my boat. It is a bit of fun, but my 325i Mspec BMW convertible is the most fun you can have with your clothes on (and I doubt if a Beemer 6 is going to need a rebuild before a chev or ford developed during the pliestocine era). The same reasoning is used by Harley Davidson owners- that's why Harley builds 80 cubic inch pushrod antiques that can't even keep up with a decent 250cc riceburner without the aid of NO2.
They may sound ok, but they are relics.
(Mind you, i'm thinking about bringing out a late sixties big block mustang or camaro).

Posted by: paul bickford at June 27, 2003 at 04:09 PM

Speaking of cubes... Is there still a plant making the old Ford 351 Cleveland in Australia? I seem to recall something about that with old Pantera production. Yes, the new engines are vastly superior, but nothing SOUNDS like a well tuned V8.

Posted by: Jim Harris at June 28, 2003 at 02:01 AM

We're taking all our V8s from Ford US these days, Jim. The 351 stopped production here around '85.

Posted by: tim at June 28, 2003 at 03:11 AM

Look at the bright side, Tim. There are probably a few very lightly used Segways available.

Posted by: Harry at June 28, 2003 at 06:36 AM

That's a supercar?? Looks like a cheesy Hyundai. If you're going to take the trouble to shoehorn a 427 in there at least, like, hire some dude to design something extreme looking to wrap around it. Duh.

Posted by: bogdog at June 28, 2003 at 10:07 AM

Anyone seen the '55 Chev with a Packard built Rolls Royce Merlin in it? Seats one- if nothing else, perfect for causing Bob Brown to have a brain embolism.

Posted by: paul bickford at June 28, 2003 at 03:31 PM

A Hayabusa would shit on the lot of them :)

Posted by: Tex at June 29, 2003 at 01:56 AM