A Whincup race winner, driven by all of the stars!
STORY: AARON NOONAN
IMAGES: SUPPLIED (RED BULL)
TRIPLE Eight Race Engineering’s unique ‘Project Sandman’ wagon – based on a former Jamie Whincup Red Bull race-winning Commodore Supercar – is on the market as a very unique collectable – and the ultimate V8 track car!
The only car of its kind in existence, it has been Triple Eight’s lead promotional and ride vehicle since it was unveiled and debuted at the 2014 Gold Coast 600, four years ago this week in fact!
Paying homage to the iconic Holden Sandmans of the 1970s, the Sandman has been driven by a range of superstar drivers, including Triple Eight’s Supercar stars and even Red Bull Formula 1 ace Daniel Ricciardo, who drove it at Sandown on a promo day in 2016.
The Sandman also has been used in more recent times for testing of the now-shelved V6 turbo engine project – though the mighty V8 it’s best known for has been returned to the engine bay.
Featuring a thumping 5.6-litre (340 cubic inch), 705-horsepower V8 engine with 8200 maximum rpm (800 rpm more than the usual Supercar rev limit), the Sandman can scorch the 0-100km/h run in 3.2-seconds.
The Sandman also features a paddle shift arrangement with its Albins ST-6 transaxle gearbox and a fly-by-wire throttle.
Uniquely, the wild machine started its life as Jamie Whincup’s 2013 Red Bull Commodore VF race car.
In his hands it won eight races at Pukekohe, Barbagallo, Texas, Hidden Valley and Ipswich before making its last race start at Winton that year, the season in which he claimed his fifth Supercars Championship.
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