Aussie ute is the world's fastest
Driven by V8 Supercar driver Mark Skaife in front of Chris Sheedy from Guinness World Records for the category of Fastest Production Pick- up/utility, the Maloo reached a top speed of 277.16km/h in stock-standard form, but the entry in the Guinness World Record books is a two-way average to eliminate any wind assistance, so the record was set at the before mentioned 271.44km/h.
Still, this figure easily passes the previous record of 248.78 km/h set by a Dodge Ram SR-T with an 8.3-litre V10 motor in 2004.
HSV, standing for Holden Special Vehicles, is Holden’s performance arm. Their Maloo “ute” uses a 5.7-litre LS1 engine and six-speed manual, which is good for 340 bhp (255 kW).
Australia is currently developing GM’s Zeta platform for the upcoming Camaro and GTO plus a whole new range of HSV models. Looks like the Aussies may become GM’s experts in the development of performance vehicles.