Stunt king buys Supercars prototypes

Garth Tander, Rick Kelly, Shane van Gisbergen and Steven Johnson with the Car of the Future V8 Supercar prototype cars at their launch at the 2011 Sydney Telstra 500. Pic: / Dirk Klynsmith

CONTROVERSIAL stunt driving personality Robbie Bolger has purchased both of Supercars’ Car of the Future prototypes, V8 Sleuth can reveal.

Having already forked out for the Holden Commodore last summer, Bolger recently made it a complete set by getting his hands on the Ford counterpart.

And he’s not done yet, revealing he is now in negotiations for the championship’s current Gen3 Mustang and Camaro prototypes.

Car of the Future was the revolutionary regulatory overhaul introduced in 2013 which brought Nissan, Volvo and Mercedes into Supercars.

Bolger is a somewhat infamous figure, having been served with a prison sentence in 2018 for his role in a ring that stole hundreds of engines and transmissions from Holden’s Elizabeth factory in 2010 and 2011.

Both COTF prototypes are now on the Gold Coast undergoing renovations.

“The Holden, I have got a C5 engine that Craig Hasted is building for me and I’m going to try to make 1000 horsepower out of it,” Bolger told V8 Sleuth.

Gen3 prototypes at the 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000. Pic: Nathan Wong

“We’re going to rev it 8500, 9000rpm and try to get it over 1000 horsepower.

“I’d say the Holden will end up going into Sports Sedans or something that it can enter into.”

As for the Ford, which had been upgraded from FG Falcon to FG X specification: “We’re getting everything back to the original and making sure the specs are right. We’re refreshing the engine and everything.”

Bolger laughed he doesn’t “really know why I ended up with them” but is proud of the history attached to the cars.

“All the greats drove them,” he said.

“The list of people that drove them is phenomenal, so I think the story is really good on the history of who drove them also: it’s like (Jamie) Whincup, (Craig) Lowndes, (Mark) Skaife.”

The test cars that have laid the foundations for the new-for-2023 Gen3 field are next on his hitlist.

“I’m in negotiations at the moment trying to get them,” Bolger added.

“I don’t know why the f**k I want them but weird people do weird things, don’t they?”

Connor O’Brien joined V8 Sleuth in 2022 as website Editor. He won the Supercars Media Award in 2017 while working as a sports reporter at the Gold Coast Bulletin, before stints at Supercars and Speedcafe. During his time at V8 Sleuth he's twice (2022, 2023) been named Journalist of the Year at the Supercars Media Awards.