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WHAT STARTED as a 'simple' engine replacement turned into a full rebuild of this lugubrious LC Torana. Owner David originally tried an HQ Tonner build, but canned that after six months due to the arrival of one child and the potential of another. After cruising around with roadworthy LC he had picked up, he got the tinkering urge again and got cracking on a new project.

Getting a 383-cube Chev V8 built by Melway Competition Engines, and a set of headers and extractors to fit from Specialised Power Porting only increased the temptation to fiddle with the rest of the car, leading to Recaro seats and a luxurious Galaxy Grey paint job from Sebastopol Smash Repairs. Scan the QR code for a more detailed introduction to the little LC that could!

TURBO CHARGE

TEUTON TITANS collide in this issue with a fiercely fought Stuttgart local derby. We also get HSV attempting to put one over on SRT, bringing a wagon along to add insult to injury.

Scott Newman and Louis Cordony have been busy with a heck of a video for your delectation too, rekindling one of the classic rivalries.

Head to head on the track, Scotty's rocking up in Holden's 6.2-litre LS3 V8-powered VF II Commodore, a new addition to the range (probably Holden's greatest-ever car), while Louis attempts to show that forcedinduction Ford power will carry the day in his Falcon XR8. LS3 or Miami? Red or blue? The result might surprise you. Hover your phone over the QR code to watch the video and discover who will be crowned champion.

HIGH STAKES!

WHEELS GOES LARGE on the latest all-turbocharged Porsche 911 range this month, but if you prefer your supercars with the engine a few centimetres further forward, you can't do a lot better than Ferrari's latest 488 Spider, the mid-engined V8 convertible supercar. Its engine might be related to that in the California T – Ferrari's other retractable hardtop – but the Spider is an altogether more focussed proposition, if just as suited to top-down cruising.

The Ferrari 458 Spider (this car’s predecessor) was seriously impressive, if never quite as rewarding to drive as the 458 Italia coupe – blame a loss of rigidity due to the roof chop. Ferrari says substantial structural revisions for the 488 Spider remedy that wobbly shortfall.

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