IF YOU’RE shopping for a well-equipped large car to drive the family around in comfortably, but you still want V8 grunt to send some tyres to the recycling pile the fast way, then a late-model Calais is a pretty good thing. Funnily enough, most people go for the sporty SS or HSV models, but the top of Holden’s comfort line is a damn fine base upon which to build a fast, practical car. Ben’s Calais shows what an awesome platform the VE Commodore is upon which to build a fast family car. I’d lay money on the fact nobody would be expecting low 11s and over 600rwhp out of this super-subtle package With a plethora of options for cam upgrades, bolt-on supercharger kits, fuel system upgrades and good access to E85 in metro areas, you can comfortably build a killer 622rwhp daily driver sleeper… just like Nelson Bay’s Ben Hiles did! While it retains standard-spec suspension and brakes Ben has gone through and rebuilt or replaced pretty much everything, so he knows he has a safe car to carry his family. Nolathane front sway bar bushes are one of the few aftermarket upgrades in the handling package “I didn’t originally intend to build a fast car; I just wanted a 6.0-litre V8 Calais,” says...