Van Gisbergen first added Drifting to his diversely impressive resume back in 2012 and he’s good at it. Working closely with Mark Dutton and the team throughout the project SVG knew exactly what he wanted this circuit racer to be capable of when the transformation was complete. Still they had a Supercars Championship to focus on so work was squeezed in and around the schedule.
Triple Eight Race Engineering thrives on these sorts of challenges. It quenches a companywide thirst for innovation. They don’t cut corners or do things by halves here. The craftsmanship is beautiful and reflects the team’s leading edge reputation.
The gearshift was repositioned slightly to allow the handbrake to be fitted so the cockpit looks busy. There’s a raft of levers to the left of the steering and all are fairly close together. Good chance most more info of us mere mortals would grab the wrong one at the wrong time. SVG (whose car control is phenomenal) can do it with ease and multitask….which most blokes I’m reminded are typically no good at. “You usually just spike it. The good guys will use very little handbrake during competition” van Gisbergen tells us.