Blast From The Past: HDT Unveils Group A Plus Pack for Holden Commodore

Australian motorsport company HDT Special Vehicles has launched a new Heritage Series car based on the Holden Commodore. Called the Group A Plus Pack, the treatment bears the signature of HDT’s founder, Australian racer Peter Brock. Brock founded HDT in 1980, and was killed during a racing accident in September 2006. The latest HDT car is based on a Commodore SSV with its 6.0-liter V-8 engine upgraded to 470 hp. (The erstwhile Pontiac G8 was based on the Holden Commodore.) Upgrades include Bilstein suspension, a wild new body kit, stronger brakes from Harrop, custom 20-inch wheels, and a reupholstered interior. Just 250 such cars will be built, and each comes with build papers and a recreation of Brock’s signature. Interestingly, Group A Plus Pack cars include a device called the DB Tech Energy Polariser, a reference to a controversial device Brock tried to popularize decades earlier. It reportedly used crystals and magnets to “align the molecules” in a race car. As HDT admits today, “Holden could see no technical merit in the Polariser,” and essentially soured the relationship between Holden and Brock to the detriment of HDT. Today the Polariser is present only as an homage to the company’s founder. Source: HDT Special Vehicles

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