Triple Eight Race Engineering ran a VF Commodore wildcard entry at Bathurst in 2013. I don’t believe any of the commercial manufacturers produced a model of this car in any scale, so I made my own 🙂
Brit Andy Priaulx and Swede Mattias Ekstrom drove the green machine, which was engineered for the event by Frenchman Ludo Lacroix.
Lacroix set the car up for aero efficiency and maximum straight-line speed. The tactic worked. After qualifying a credible 18th, the duo circulated consistently all day. Despite losing time with a late unscheduled pitstop to replace a flat-spotted tyre, the internationals finished a solid 10th.
Armed with Biante’s 43rd scale plain white VF, some after market decals from Patto’s and a can of metallic green paint, the project was on.
The aim was to build the model as accurate to how it raced at Bathurst as possible. If you’re ever looking to do this one for yourself, be aware there are multiple decal sets available, and none of them are 100% correct. The decoration on this car changed from when it was formally launched, to when it participated in a high-profile test day to when it raced at Bathurst. I’m guessing this is why all the decal sets are so jumbled.
Anyway, one set was pretty close, though it did lack the actual event decals (the red rectangles on the front doors) and had black full-lens decals for the front headlights, which is wrong.