Introducing the Triple Eight: Project Sandman Tribute Edition

In celebration of the Holden Sandman’s 40th anniversary, current V8 Supercars Championship leader Jamie Whincup and teammate Craig Lowndes have unveiled the Triple Eight Project Sandman, complete with carbon fibre surf boards, against the backdrop of the Gold Coast shoreline, paying homage to the car’s history as Australia’s archetypal beach lifestyle vehicle.“The Holden Sandman was launched 40 years ago, the same year that I was born!” Lowndes said.“It sounds like a race car, it’s faster than our race cars in a straight line with the big banger engine and the cool thing is if you come to the race this weekend, you’ll see it running around the track.”The project came to life with the design and build starting in April of 2014 in conjunction with the GM Holden Design Department and will serve as a Red Bull Racing Australia ride car, so guests will have the opportunity to tear around the track in the 705BHP piece of engineering art. The Triple Eight Project Sandman features state-of-the-art technology yet to be seen in V8 Supercars, including a six speed electro-hydraulic paddle shift gearbox and F1-inspired fly by wire throttle control.“We’re here after six months of development to reveal our secret project and what an honour to be a part of a Tribute Edition Sandman and have it race around the track this weekend,” Whincup said. “The heart and soul of the car is a V8 Supercar and it’s an absolute rocket!”