Greg Murphy to drive V6 turbo at Bathurst

Greg Murphy promises to take it easy with Triple Eight's V6 twin-turbo engine.
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Greg Murphy promises to take it easy with Triple Eight's V6 twin-turbo engine.

New Zealand Supercars legend Greg Murphy will demonstrate Triple Eight's Holden V6 twin-turbo during next month's Bathurst 1000.

The four-time winner of the great race says he feels 'honoured and privileged' to be able to go for a spin around the famous circuit in the next generation engine for the category.

Following private testing in Triple Eight's Sandman ride car, this will be public debut for the new 3.6 litre twin-turbo engine and Murphy will do four laps of the Mount Panorama track on each of the four days of the Bathurst event.

"I'm going to be very cautious, I don't want the wrath of [team principal] Mr Roland Dane after me if I do anything wrong," Murphy said on Inside Supercars on Wednesday night.

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"I'm really quite honoured and privileged to have the chance to have a drive of it.

"The Sandman's a very different beast, it's not as efficient aerodynamically as the Supercars that the boys are racing.

"But to have the feel of the engine, what it's like and how the development is progressing, I think it's going to be very exciting.

"To get it out there amongst the fans, hearing a sound bite's one thing, but actually in person to be in person listening to the exhaust note is going to be something else."

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Triple Eight will race the V6 engine as a wildcard in some of Supercars rounds next season.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the last time a turbocharged car won the Bathurst 1000, with Jim Richards and Mark Skaife the winners in a NIssan Skyline GT-R.

 - Stuff

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