Drag Racing Story of the Day!
Flying Six Cylinder from Down Under
By Ash McFee
We made a last minute decision to do some R&D at the Heathcote Park
street shootout last week, after some sponsorship money came through.
We were lucky to even make it after we got not one, but two flat tires on
the trailer on the way up.
Once there we got the first run out of the way... it felt good -- nice and
straight and felt way fast. The time came up as an 11.2 @ 120 mph. Good
going for a non-supercharged, six-cylinder/small capacity street car on
13-inch street tires and full exhaust. The accuracy of that run was
questioned by a few disbelieving people, especially after the remaining runs
were all horrible attempts at getting traction.
It was like watching a Top fueler do a run on a cobblestone road...on and
off the accelerator, spinning the tires in every gear, over revving, getting
sideways and crossing the centerline twice (allegedly) on separate runs.
Next time out, which will probably be November 18th at the next Heathcote
Shootout, the car will have:
|Slicks (14 x 9)|
|New much more extensively ported cylinder head with bigger valves
|Sweet roller rockers|
|Air Filters Off|
|A MUCH WISER DRIVER WITH BIGGER BALLS THIS TIME AROUND AS WELL...|
I suppose, apart from the 11.2, the other highlight was going a few
rounds in eliminations after entering late and also the 30-second static
burnout on the last run that nearly got me disqualified (YET AGAIN).
I'm trying now to find out if any others have gone quicker with naturally
aspirated (inline) six cylinder street cars on such small street tires. The
car was set up as a genuine daily driver.... and there are very strict rules
and regs for road cars where I live, especially for young drivers like
I guess next time out, under full race trim, we'll see just how accurate
that 11 second number was...kinda scary to think what it could do if it is
ALL THROTTLE...NO BOTTLE