Craig Taylor’s Harrop-blown HSV VZ Clubsport

Craig Taylor has owned his R8 Clubsport for 10 years and after some custom mods, debuted his dream car at last year's Autofest in New Zealand


Craig Taylor
Holden VZ Clubsport

“I’ve owned my R8 ClubSport for over 10 years and debuted it at AutoFest in New Zealand last September.

Up front is a 710hp, 408-cube LS with a Harrop 2.3-litre blower, hooked to a T56 with a Mantic twin-plate clutch, lightened flywheel and short shifter.

The rear end is a Monro Racecars nine-inch that uses a Strange Pro Iron third member, 35-spline axles and 4.11 gears.

The suspension consists of Tein adjustable front coil-overs and a Monro Racecars custom four-link rear with Gazzard Brothers coil-overs and a heavy-duty Monro Racecars sway-bar.

AP Racing 390mm disc brakes with six-piston calipers live up front, with VF HSV four-piston calipers out back. Wheels are 20×9.5-inch and 20×12-inch Work CR 3Ps wearing 255/30R20 and 325/25R20 tyres respectively.

Exterior mods include a carbonfibre Walkinshaw bonnet scoop, VY GTS guard and door moulds, VY GTS front spoiler, and Glasurit paint. Inside are Coulson front seats, a rear seat modified for tubs, an Alpine stereo and Soundstream subs.

Rolling through the gates at AutoFest was an awesome feeling; this was the day everyone got to see my dream.

Ripping the covers off after a few hectic days and very little sleep was a priceless experience to have shared with my dad and son.” Photos: Rixsta Sammons.