When Larry Larson and I decided we were going after a 6th Hot Rod Drag Week Title for him in 2014, we also wanted to be the quickest and fastest street car in history. And while Andy Frost’s 6.4 second record was impressive, our goal all along was to run 5.9 seconds. In order to do that, we needed light weight and big power. Here is an overview of how we got the power.
At PRI, Larry and I talked to the guys at Brodix about a 5.0 bore space PB5000 combination, and started initial discussions about the build with Larson’s long time engine builder Mike Moran. Moran clearly knows how to build power, but later conversations, sponsor support, and several weekends at Pro Mod races got us talking to Eric Dillard and Steve Petty at ProLine Racing Engines. Once they heard our plans, ProLine jumped at the chance to be a part of this adventure and the ball was officially rolling. Read more
In case you need an excuse to rummage through the local boneyard, we’ve found these items are often in short supply in the garage.
By Brandan Gillogly, Photography by Brandan Gillogly
In case you need an excuse to rummage through the local boneyard, we’ve found these items are often in short supply in the garage and can be scooped up for pennies on the dollar, especially if you’re a regular at your Pick-Your-Part. Plus, most of these parts can be pulled using tools that will fit into your pocket, so you can leave the toolbox in the car and travel light unless something really interesting catches your eye, like an early Ford 9-inch axle, big-block Mopar, or a perfectly weathered fender that matches your car’s patina.
Development of the new Dodge 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat Hemi engine focused on two parallel objectives: make more than 700 horsepower, and make it live.
To achieve the former, a 2.4-liter twin-screw supercharger provides nearly 12 pounds of boost to produce 707 horsepower with 650 lb-ft peak torque. To ensure the latter, Chrysler powertrain engineers strengthened nearly every component in the engine. To validate those changes, the team built an entirely new dyno cell for testing, because none of the existing lab facilities were capable of handling that much power. Read more
During Saturday’s special Heads-Up Challenge to close the 10th anniversary running of Hot Rod Magazine Drag Week, five-time champion Larry Larson laid down the quickest pass in history by a street-legal race car — by a longshot — going 6.16-seconds at 219 miles per hour, shocking those in the house and watching online around the world. Read more
Many of those who doubt the capabilities of the Camaro Z/28 claim the car is not well engineered, but rather owes its performance gains to its sticky Pirelli Trofeo R tires. There is no doubt those near-slicks contribute to the car’s performance, but is that really what makes the Z/28 so fast? Motor Trend was curious too and rather than arguing on the internet about it, they put the theory to the test.
It just so happened that MT had both a 2014 Camaro 1LE and a Camaro Z/28 on hand for two separate tests. Figuring out how much of a difference the Pirelli Trofeo R tires make on the 5th generation Camaro was simple: swap the wheels and tires from the 1LE to the Z/28 and vice versa. Then run the cars down the drag strip, on the skid pad and on the figure eight and record the results. Read more