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1000HP TORANA

AT FIRST glance Luke Green’s LH Torana passes for any shiny classic, whose car-proud owner has shouted it a schmick set of chrome wheels. While that’s all true as far as it goes, it doesn’t begin to tell this terrific Torry's story.

The truth is that the standard bonnet conceals a twin-turbo, small-block Chev. that uses its 1000hp of grunt to launch the normally sweet-cruising Torrie, front wheels aloft, to quarter-mile times in the eights, topping out at around 160mph.

VIDEO: Okay, you’re Tom Alabakis and you’re gonna use a pair of Garrett turbos to coax your XR Falcon ute’s 347-cube Windsor stroker into making some serious power. Time to find room under the bonnet for the puffers. Not if you'reTom. He mounted them down the back just in front of the 9-inch rear axle.

2016 HSV SV BLACK

WHILE THE Motor team can be hard to impress, it’s very impressed by the HSV SV Black. This might well be the best LS3 Commodore there will be – perhaps the best naturally aspirated V8 Commodore ever.

The 2016 HSV Clubsport R8’s version of the LS3 produces 340kW and 570Nm, seriously out-powering the VFII SS.

At $65,990 the manual-trans SV Black sedan represents value.

We also report on Holden’s big Supercars surprise. It’s game over for Walkinshaw racing.

Holden has signed up with Triple Eight Race Engineering commencing 2017.

And there’s a full run-down of the tech-updates to the Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86 coupes for 2017.

VIDEO: For swift tradies – a Mercedes Vito van with a difference. How does an 11.3-sec standing quarter sound?

HOLDEN PLANT SALE

IT’S ONE helluva garage sale at Port Melbourne. The contents of Holden's Global V6 engine plant is up for grabs.

The plant which produces the 3.0-litre and 3.6-litre Commodore powerplants, reached its millionth-V6 engine milestone in 2014. Bidding closes November 30.

There’s a wonderful ‘blast from the past’ feature about Ford Australia’s Mighty Marathon run in 1965. This brave, high-risk, but ultimately successful (only just) strategy saw the durability of a bunch of then-new XP Falcons tested over a wearying nine days and a gruelling 70,000 miles (over 112,000km) at Ford’s You Yangs proving ground.

And there’s the report on the stillborn Holden initiative to produce a Bugatti Veyronbeating supercar – based on the humble Holden ute!