- New build completed in seven days
- McLaughlin's first drive since nasty Gold Coast crash
- Title could be wrapped up this weekend
Supercars team DJR Team Penske has released time-lapse footage of the rebuild of series champion Scott McLaughlin's Ford Mustang.
McLaughlin destroyed his previous car in a huge crash on the Gold Coast, leaving the team a short turnaround to build up a new car from scratch.
The new Mustang was built in just seven days from a bare shell, and was completed on Monday with sufficient time for the team to dash out to Queensland Raceway for a 60km shakedown test, which is permitted under Supercars rules.
The car was then loaded into a transporter to rush straight to Melbourne in time for this weekend's Sandown 500 endurance race.
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DJRTP actually had a largely complete car in its workshop, but the decision was taken to accelerate the build of a brand new chassis, known as 007.
It's a surprise release from the usually secretive team, who has blurred some of the footage to prevent rivals from getting too close a glimpse at its technologies.
As for its pilot, McLaughlin (above) took to the wheel of the newly rebuilt car for the first time since the crash.
The young Kiwi escaped serious injury but was checked for signs of neurological damage at a Gold Coast hospital, after Supercars medical chief Dr Carl Le noticed McLaughlin stumbling over his words in a TV interview.
He was cleared of any injury and is free to race this weekend.
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McLaughlin was effusive in his praise that the work his team has done in building him a brand new car in such a short time frame.
"I say all the time that I have the best crew in Supercars, and they have demonstrated it again with the incredible effort they have put in over the last week," said McLaughlin.
"To turn a completely bare chassis into a running Supercar in less than seven days is truly incredible, and a testament to the skill and dedication of this crew."
McLaughlin, who won the Bathurst 1000 with French co-driver Alex Premat, said the car ran "beautifully" at the shakedown.
"It might be Chassis 007, but we're going to make sure that this one isn't shaken or stirred," he joked.