Reportedly, the world’s first AWD Holden Monaro (Pontiac GTO) belongs to an Aussie by the name of Josh Pickert.
As Performance Garage reports, Pickert, 22, has raced just about everything under the sun, and ended up in off-road rally racing because unlike other forms of motorsport, technique is more important than budget. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t have ambition with his build; his AWD Holden Monaro retains the original 6.0 liter LS2, but of course, it now powers all four wheels.
Australian Rally Champion Steve Riley built the car, originally to be used in a now-defunct class of the Race To The Sky Hill Climb. Despite no longer having a class in which to compete, Pickert and Riley carried on with the build anyway, and through a long period of trial and error, Riley finally found equipment that would reliably get the job done: a pair of Toyota Supra differentials, turned by a Supra driveshaft in the front, and one from a GT-R Skyline in the rear.
To boot, this incredible AWD Holden Monaro has an aluminum spaceframe and full-fiberglass body, as is customary in a racing machine, bringing the power-to-weight ratio up to exceptionally satisfactory levels. The video below shows this AWD Holden Monaro seriously thrashing around a dirt track, kicking names, and taking ass. By just over 2 minutes in, driver Josh Pickert has already lapped his first victim.
General Motors, build this, please.