This is no ordinary pick-up, you see. It's a Musso, but it's one that's undergone a strict diet, which has seen almost 400kg removed from its belly. Ok, it still tips the scales at 1,700kg, but that's still a weight loss programme worthy of a Subway commercial.
Why, you ask, would anyone want to do that? Perhaps surprisingly, it's because this race series, which is just about to complete its inaugural season in Britain, represents a great first step on the car racing ladder.
It markets itself as a series for youngsters dreaming of a professional racing career and amateurs looking for a new and unique challenge. And helpfully for us, it also has a spot for failed racing drivers who've landed themselves at a motoring title - aka the media car.
The Musso series uses a rolling start, so the 12-truck field, with yours truly starting in fifth, rolls towards the line at about 30mph. On green, the gruff note of 12 heavily loaded oil burners fills the air with the kind of carbon footprint that would shame a shipping firm. Don't be fooled by the novice stickers adorning the back of about a third of the pack either, this bunch, now five-sixths of the way through the 2017 season, are as racey as any. Just making it through lap one requires an immediate 'elbows out' driving style.
Bumpers are banged, wheel arches scuffed and swear words uttered; with the opening few laps of Cadwell among the closest-fought I've experienced yet. Naturally this is all part of the attraction of every truck producing an identical 208hp and 375lb ft from the remapped engine under the snout. Despite the peak power not particularly troubling the rear tyres on a dry circuit (oh yeah, these racing trucks ditch the road car's four-wheel drive for a more macho rear-drive setup), they're plenty punchy enough to bring slipstreaming and tactical wheelspin - to tighten the Musso's line - into play.
Does this present me with an opportunity to challenge for the win? Not a chance. The drivers ahead, James Gornall, a former Formula Renault and British GT champ, and Cam Jackson, an experienced classic racer with multiple wins to his name, scamper off into the horizon. These two serve as perfect evidence for the vast differences in experience on the Ssangyong Racing Challenge grid, and ensure that the remainder of the final race of the day is quite lonely for car number 02. Not that this makes the third-place trophy that follows any less welcome.
Here's hoping the next CEO signs the cheque to keep the pleasingly off-beat Musso series alive.
[Racing shots: Mick Herring]
[Details: Luc Lacey]