The 2019 Bathurst-winning Mustang GT of Scott McLaughlin/Alex Premat. Photo: / Dirk Klynsmith

THE CHASSIS that Scott McLaughlin and Alex Premat drove to victory in last year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is undergoing repairs at Pace Innovations on the Gold Coast.

The car – chassis DJRTP06 that was given the Car of the Future chassis number of V8SC 092 by Supercars – was heavily crashed by McLaughlin in qualifying for the Gold Coast 600.

The smashed chassis of Scott McLaughlin is taken back to the pits after his 2019 Gold Coast accident. Photo: Supplied

The damage took he and Premat out of the Sunday race and forced the team to build up a new chassis for McLaughlin to complete the season in at Sandown and Newcastle.

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The 2019 Bathurst winner will have the whole rear section replaced as part of the rebuild, a video posted to social media by Pace Innovations this week showed the damaged rear section of the chassis being cut off.

Look away if you don’t want to see how to cut a Bathurst-winning chassis! Video: Pace Innovations

“It’s going to be restored to right how it was for Bathurst,” McLaughlin told this week.

“The team has all the body parts, panels, the transaxle and all of the bits they pulled off it after Bathurst before the Gold Coast, so it’s all going to be bolted back together and polished up and look great.

“It (the chassis) was bent from the front all the way through, it crumpled the whole chassis. But the whole thing will go back together as it finished Bathurst.”

The chassis, which won 18 races in last year’s championship, was brand new for the 2019 season.

With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.