Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek Maryland holds their World Cup Finals Imports vs. Domestics event during the late fall each year, where the cool, fall air makes for record shattering performance on the track, and this year was no exception. But ample horsepower on a cold track can spell disaster.
One of the daily struggles of someone who likes (alright, loves) cars is that I have to convince people I’m not just some pea-brained street racer that likes to show off. I love the way they look, the noise they make, how they feel, and yes, speed. Cars are a multi-sensual art form, that have the added benefit of being incredibly fun as well.
So when automotive enthusiasts gather in the early morning of a Saturday or a Sunday, something that only Productive Members of Society would do, to appreciate all that is the motor vehicle, all it takes is one person driving like an asshat to paint everyone who loves a Lamborghini or an Aston or a Viper or a Volvo look bad.
Leave your burnouts and your racing and everything else for somewhere that isn’t a public road.
Here’s an idea: take Chrysler’s most potent, most capable and more advanced supercar it has ever built – powered by a 8.4L V10 producing 645 horsepower no less – and radically increase that power output by effectively double via a pair of turbochargers. That’s precisely what the mad scientists at RSI Racing Solutions are doing day-in/day-out, and it’s just beautiful magic.
The parts list is also nothing to sneer at, as the complete package almost has to reinvent the Viper T/A (Track Attack) from the ground up: twin Precision 72mm turbochargers (Optional 76mm Turbos Available), two Tial MV-R wastegates, two Tial Q Blow Off Valves, custom stainless turbo headers and V-Band turbo piping, and a custom front mount intercooler, and RSI’s own stainless exhaust.
But wait, that’s not all! In order to digest all of this extra boost, the Viper’s V10 is also completely rebuilt into a 528 Stroker beginning with a RSI-spec blueprint and balanced shortblock consisting of a custom crankshaft and billet connecting rods, a RSI camshaft, custom forged pistons with thick wall wrist pins and spiral locks, Clevite race main and rod bearings, billet main caps and ARP hardware.
On top, the V10 gets RSI’s own Race Series cylinder heads, Jesel roller rockers, oversized valves, all new valvetrain, and a port-matched intake manifold. Of course, there’s a ton of work put into the fuel system and drivetrain including beefing up the transmission and clutch assembly, and RSI race series axles. All new Motec engine management and wiring are installed, and RSI even offers a custom Appearance Package.
All of this adds up to an amazing 93-octane pump gas-friendly 1,000-plus-rwhp, or an even more bonkers 1,500-plus rwhp if running E85 or race gas. What will this all cost you? The begins at $89,950 and that’s not including the price of the actual car. RSI is undoubtedly one of the leaders in Dodge Viper performance, specializing in forced induction systems for this particular car, and their custom product development is all but unmatched. Watch the video below and tell us if you agree.
Brent Austin is the owner, driver, and builder of a ’69 Camaro known as “Megalodon” that has become a regular sight at major no prep events. Austin lives in Virginia and is no stranger to the racing scene, as he’s built many fast cars. Megalodon sports a 565-inch big-block motor with a 800 lb. injectors and an F3R ProCharger transferring through a TH400 transmission. The car was built in a year by Austin, who did all the work in his garage. Austin also does his own tuning on the car, which provides an advantage, as he knows where to add or pull power right from the driver’s seat.
The car is estimated to produce 2,000 horsepower and is setup to run on virtually any surface, and hooks extremely well in no prep events or on the street. As Austin shared with us, Megalodon is an old 10.5-inch tire, steel top and glass front-end car door car.
Brent discussed the origin of the name “Megalodon”, which came from the shark-like silver paint job and side vents that mimic the fins of a shark. The paint code is Titanium Poly by PPG, a Lamborghini color that make the lines of the car pop. Austin runs “Megalodon” runs in his backyard at Natural Bridge in Virginia, although he hasn’t put a lot of laps on the car yet — with only about 15 passes on it, Austin is tweaking it to run at its best in no prep events.
Brent Austin sure has created a big splash in “Megalodon” with its tire wrinkling, wheels up, hard-pulling passes at no prep events, and the car is quickly becoming a contender in the Big Tire class and starting a buzz in the stands with the fans.
Now with six Oscars under its belt, Mad Max: Fury Road will no doubt also be remembered for its spectacular stunts and a fleet of amazing and creative machines. The cars could be stars in their own right. Aussie viewers would recognise most of the cool body styles used in creating these masterpieces.
Check out this video which goes into great detail of what was involved behind the scenes in bringing these awesome machines to life.
You could predict the finer details of most Pro Tourers at SEMA without looking at them, but not this one. While we’d guessed it’d have a detailed, hopped-up LS Chevy in the smoothed engine bay, it actually retains Poncho propulsion, with a stout 505-cube stroker throwing down over 600hp!
It’s no one-trick pony though, packing enough engineering smarts under the day-glo skin to score an invitation to the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational Challenge the day after SEMA. Held at Pahrump, an hour north-east into the Mojave Desert from Vegas, Don cruised straight out of the show and up to the Spring Mountain Race Track on the highway, proving the car might have NASCAR levels of power but it can still cruise sweetly.
It was at Spring Mountain we saw what a well-rounded car Don’s younger brother Darren Nickleson had built for him, lapping the full circuit in the top 20 and carving through the two motorkhana challenges to land the big-hipped Poncho 19th out of 57, despite the competition being far more race-oriented, smaller and lighter than Don’s showpiece.
Don and Darren grew up with a car-mad father, so it was only natural they’d follow in his footsteps. As Don bought and fixed up cars, Darren joined in, eventually starting his own smash shop in his early 20s and building it into Indy Street Rod and Classics, a successful collision repair shop that also builds high-end rods and street machines.
Don’s path to this wicked machine started in 1974, when he bought a super-rare, super-desirable ’69 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV – pretty much the hottest Poncho of the muscle car era. His girlfriend at the time, Denise, soon became his wife and both loved the Goat. Unfortunately, petrol prices and college fees soon saw the GTO moved on.
The two stories then merged almost 40 years later. “I’d been looking for someone to finance a build that would showcase my company,” says Darren. “By chance, Don and Denise were after a car to take them back down memory lane and so a 1969 GTO was the only choice. We wanted it to be a proper new-age take on the classic GTO Judge, so it had to have awesome styling, tremendous power and incredible handling and agility.”
The two-and-a-half year build started with a Street Rod Garage chassis that was narrowed in the rear to accept the 20×12-inch Budnik Cannon wheels. It also allowed the fitment of much better suspension in keeping with the desired Pro Tourer theme.
QA1 coilovers and a Flaming River rack ’n’ pinion steering system work with the super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport rubber and huge Wilwood brakes to make sure the full-fat coupe hustles as well as any modern metal.
While the chassis might have been a simple solution, the body turned out to need a lot more work. A genuine rust-free ’69 GTO had been purchased sight unseen from Arizona for the shell, but the story didn’t stay happy for long.
“We discovered rust free doesn’t mean dent free, and every panel other than the bootlid, boot floor and floorpans were changed,” says Danny. Luckily, Indy Street Rods and Classics employs a master fabricator called Eddie Peck who replaced some of the tin with Dynacorn replacement panels and went on to modify the rest of it.
The front valance, grilles, guards and sills were all modified, and the radiator and fan shrouds and firewall replaced with smooth sheetmetal. Finishing touches include painted front grilles and headlight bezels, fibreglass back bumper, intake and Judge-style rear wing, and Ring Brothers bonnet hinges, door handles and master cylinder covers.
Marc Davis, another ISRC employee then laid down the eye-searing Carousel Red, before new guy at ISRC, Josh Leffler, went to work airbrushing and adding the period-cool graphics.
Inside, Don monitors Classics Instruments that feature JudgeMENTAL logos and works a Hurst shifter connected to the Tremec T56 Magnum gearbox, while Cutter’s Custom Stitching modified front and rear Elite bucket seats and then trimmed it all in grey and black leather. Cutter’s also built the custom dash and front and rear consoles, while 60s cruising tunes are supplied by a monster Kenwood system.
The one thing that makes this GTO so cool is that it sticks with Pontiac power. Butler Performance took a 400ci block, used a 4.25-inch Mogul crank to take it out to 505 cubic inches and filled it with custom Ross pop-top pistons, Streetmaster oil pump, Eagle H-beam conrods, Comp cam and Federal bearings.
The original round-port Ram Air IV heads are massively desirable for Pontiac fans, but Don wanted to go further than factory, so Edelbrock 87cc round-port heads were fitted, filled with 1.770in exhaust valves and 2.90in intake valves to make use of all 505 cubes.
As the Pontiac was designed to perform like a modern car, fuel injection was needed to make it run crisply at part or trailing throttle. EZ-EFI got the nod, using an Edelbrock Victor inlet manifold and FAST throttlebody.
It adds up to a super-stout 660hp and 630lb-ft of torque, more than enough to hustle the monster Goat to serious speed on the lonely open roads around Tennessee.
Don is over the moon at how the car turned out, saying, “It is probably obvious we are crazy about the ’69 Judge. Some folks who are a bit more reasonable and less passionate might think we’re crazy to put so much time, energy and money into a car. Clearly, they are wrong.”
The woman driving this Camaro convertible’s not happy with being detained and attempts to push the police car behind her away. It doesn’t work and she ends up in handcuffs, but not before pulling off a spectacular reverse burnout.
There’s no shortage of amazing things coming out of the World Power Wheelstanding Championships at Byron Dragway over the years, but possibly none can top AJ Fiorelli’s amazing performance from last Fall. Behind the wheel of his Barracuda, Fiorelli executed the longest wheelstand in the history of the competition, lifting the wheels for the near entirety of the 1,320-foot strip. Oh, and lets not forget that he did so without the use of wheelie bars or steering brakes. It’s a mastery of throttle control and an incredible machine that makes this possible.
The World Power Wheelstanding Championships was the brainchild of Ron Leek – owner of Byron Dragway – and has been the ring master of this horsepower circus since the 1960s was when the competition first started. Over the years, it’s grown into one of the most covered events in the drag racing media circles.
According to a post on BangShift.com, “Competitors and fans alike bundle up to see who has the balls, horsepower, and chassis setup to carry the front wheels of their car furthest down the track. In years past competitors have taken wheelies to the eighth mile and maybe a little farther but no one has done this and done it in such a graceful and drama free manner. The car came up as expected, unloaded the rear tires for a brief second, landed, caught traction and motored down with the nose in a near vertical position for well over 1,000ft and maybe more and 1,100 feet. This is truly awesome!”
We are all fans of good, powerful cars but we also have favorites among the cars. Having than in mind the people who fancy the Corvette may wanna skip this video.
So as I have already mentioned in the heading this video is about one very interesting drag race between Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZO6 and Cobra. The racing cars have always been competing between each other and this video is no exception. I don`t know which car is your favorite out of these two because as a neutral part I can say that they both are quite impressive. So what do you think, who is the winner?
Of course, I am not going to say that. If you want to see you won you will have to check the video and see it with your own eyes.
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