JOSH O'BRIEN

HOLDEN VP COMMODORE UTE

NOT everyone is out there LSing the world.

Josh OBriens VP ute still relies on plastic power with the assistance of an F-1R ProCharger, and with 500rwkW on tap, it does a good job of keeping the Barra and LS guys honest.

Im just a sucker for punishment, I guess!

Josh laughs. I suppose its the sound, but really I just like Holden engines in Holdens and Ford engines in Fords. Who would have thought that itd become strange to have a Holden V8 in a Commodore? But it is, and its getting worse. Im just bucking the trend, I suppose.

There were a number of healthy Holdenpowered rides on Drag Challenge, including defending Outright champion Bubba Medlyn, but of all the finishers, it was Joshs retina-searing ute that was the quickest.

It was great to win Quickest Holden; I didnt expect to win anything, he says. Its didnt have many issues at all, and after a tough couple of years at the event that was a nice change.

Josh started the week with a 10.01@136mph, and while that was down on the cars PB both in terms of ET and trap speed, he put it down to the high ambient heat, packed up and moved on. By the end of the week hed managed to dip into the nines and edge out all the other Holdenpowered entries for the win.

Not content to rest on his laurels, Josh has a new engine in the works for the ute.

Its a Torque Power-block Holden combo, he says. The plan is to stick with the ProCharger, and it will be 400ci and drysumped, with a fair bit more boost. Its an expensive way to go about it, but we cant all have an LS! the first trophy Ive won on Drag Challenge and the only real goal I had was to finish. We

HOLDEN VP COMMODORE UTE

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SPECS

QUICKEST HOLDEN Engine: 355ci Holden Blower: ProCharger F-1R Transmission: Turbo 400 Converter: FTI 5800rpm Diff: 3.7:1 Power: 500rwkW Previous PB: 9.60@145mph Best Drag Challenge Pass: 9.93@137mph