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Enthusiasts the world over shed a tear when Mitsu killed off the rally-bred Lancer Evolution last year. After 10 generations and nearly a quarter century of bringing high-tech speed to the masses, you could say we were growing rather fond of the Japanese imports. Thankfully, even with production now ended, Evo owners are still pushing the limits of what’s possible with the platform. The latest evidence of this comes from Texas and the TX2K17 drag racing event, where one Evo X managed to set a new world record by doing the quarter mile in an astonishing 8.48 seconds at 164 mph.
Documentation of the new record comes courtesy of 1320 Video, which put together this superb three-and-a-half minute bit of evidence, complete with tons of runs, lots of hard launches, and plenty of pleasing noises. The video starts with rollouts, which offer good prep for the later, more serious runs. The video then follows the Evo’s progress towards quicker and quicker ETs, ending with the record-setting 8.48. Watching this thing scoot down the strip is pretty awesome, especially when you consider the pilot is working a five-speed manual, rather than a sequential shifter. We can’t wait to see where it goes next.
Dodge drove us crazy and practically milked the debut of the Dodge Challenger Demon to death through a long series of teaser videos that spanned across the first three months of the year. Then, the day of reckoning was upon us, and the fastest production muscle car ever was finally revealed. Packing a 6.2-liter V-8 with a 2.7-liter supercharger that makes 14.5 psi of boost, a factory transmission brake, a stripped down interior, and a thirst for high-octane fuel, the Demon promises to be the Dodge that we’ll be talking about through the turn of the decade. Hell, it can hit 60 mph in 2.3 seconds and 100 mph in 5.1 seconds. A quarter mile comes in at 9.65 seconds at 140 mph – not bad for a car that weighs 4,200 pounds, right? After all, it can beat a $1.4 million Ferrari. But, it does raise one serious questions: Just how much will pure evil cost you?
There’s no official word as of yet, but Road & Track caught up with Dodge boss, Tim Kuniskis, at the New York Auto Show and got him to give us a little hint. Again, it isn’t much to go by, but according to Kuniskis, it will be priced above the Hellcat (obviously) but “it’s gonna be well below six figures.” That’s a pretty big deal considering many were expecting a price tag somewhere around $100,000.
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Motor Trend’s “World’s Greatest Drag Race” is one of those sneakily good web videos that we always look forward to seeing, and no, it’s not because of hosts Jason Cammisa and Jonny Lieberman. While they are good at their jobs, the World’s Greatest Drag Race is all about the cars and for the sixth edition of the race, Cammisa and Lieberman brought out some heavy hitters from all over the sports car landscape.
America was well-represented with the Dodge Viper ACR, Dodge Charger Hellcat, Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, and Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE. Some of Europe’s finest also participated in the race, including Germany’s Audi R8 V10 Plus, Porsche 911 Carrera S, Mercedes-AMG GT S, and BMW M4 GTS, and the U.K.’s McLaren 570S, Jaguar F-Type SVR. The Nissan GT-R Premium and the Acura NSX make up the Japanese contingent.
The ultimate question that’s always asked in the World’s Greatest Drag Race is which of these cars can cover a quarter-mile the fastest. Last year, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 took home top honors with a time of 11.4 seconds at 124.4 mph. With a more impressive lineup in this year’s staging of the drag race, the Corvette Z06’s time would have placed it at tie with the AMG GT S for fifth place.
Yep, four cars were faster than last year’s winner, including Lieberman’s Acura NSX, which posted a time of 11.3 seconds at 123.3 mph, good enough for fourth place. The Audi R8 V10 Plus took home first place with a time of 10.6 seconds at 130.3 mph while the McLaren 570S and the Nissan GT-R Premium came in a close second and third with times of 10.7 seconds at 132 mph and 11.2 seconds at 123.4 mph, respectively.
Bringing in the rear were two American muscle cars, the Ford Mustang Shelby G350 with a time of 12.2 seconds at 118.9 mph and the Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE, which came in last at 12.4 seconds at 114.2 mph. Still, that’s not a slow time.
Suffice it to say, crashing on a drag strip is obviously bad news but, for some reason, it’s wildly entertaining to see happen. Which is exactly why you’re about to watch this two-minute clip of “Wild Action,” a two-hour long compilation of more than 21 drag events from 2015.
In this clip, there are maybe 10 to 15 brief races that go haywire. Some of the drivers fail right off the start, and there is one that doesn’t even get off the line. Then there ares the ones that remind us just how important it is to have a good, quality roll cage properly installed before testing your skill on the track. There isn’t anything gruesome in the video, so don’t worry about that, but the few crashes are pretty damn wicked.
With that said, I’ll end this by saying: If you’re going to hit the track, don’t have a heavy foot. If the track is damp, wait for another day. Furthermore, if you’re pushing the kind of power that can actually make your car fly, be easy on the pedal. Or, you could install wings and glide over the finish line, but I don’t think that is acceptable for most sanctioned events. So, click play and enjoy the video!
What do you get when you cross a fighter jet with Goodyear rubber and tiny cockpit? You get a jet dragster that could quite literally take flight if it had wings. In this video, we see the Fifty Cal jet dragster making a run during test and tune night at RT66 back in September of 2014.
It’s hard to say much without ruining the video, but to put things simply, the dragster manages to run a quarter mile in less than six seconds and hits more than 300 mph. Can you imagine what that must feel like? Surely, there aren’t that many people who have crossed that barrier on four wheels. If only we could convince the driver to mount a GoPro on his helmet – now that would be a video to see, considering none of us will ever do the deed ourselves.
The video itself is just over four minutes long, with the highlight coming in the last few seconds of the video. That said, I suggest you watch the whole thing anyway. Just firing up one of these jet engines is a task, and it’s pretty interesting to see how the car is prepared and staged before the man inside tests his manhood as he almost instantly jumps to 300 mph. Fair warning: Jet engines are loud and create quite a whistle, so you might want to turn down the volume and adjust it after you hit play. The frequency alone could damage some speakers if cranked to high, and it’ll make your dogs go crazy. So, hit play and enjoy the video.
The current Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is no slouch, but as this video proves, it’s only a handful of parts away from running the quarter-mile in less than ten seconds. First: the basics. This is a 2016 Corvette Z06 equipped with the eight-speed automatic transmission. Of course, with it being a Z06, it comes with the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 known as the LT4. In its stock configuration, it makes a highly respectable 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.
That’s wasn’t enough for the owner of this Vette. He sent his ride to Redline Motorsports of Pompano Beach, Florida for some high-horsepower add-ons. The upgrade list reads like a recipe for horsepower. Redline added its Phase 3Z camshaft; billet lower supercharger pulley; high capacity cold air intake; and long tube, two-inch stainless steel headers. Redline also tweaked the Vette’s ECU with its custom tune – a program written by Redline’s CEO, Howard Tanner. The eight-speed auto’s computer also received computer tuning. Lastly, a set of Hoosier drag slicks mounted on lightweight wheels were added for traction.
We won’t spoil all the fun, but the Vette seamlessly breaks into the sub 10-second category on the quarter mile – but not after a few runs to dial in the ECU tune. What’s more, in talking with Tanner about the Vette, he tells us the Vette’s owner isn’t done with performance upgrades.
Pick your poison – whether it’s a full-throttle blitz down the quarter mile, heavy trail braking at the autocross, a frenzied dice on the road course, a driveline-thrashing clutch kick at the drift event, or gravel-chucking insanity in a rally car, racing can transform even the most mild-mannered citizen into a superhero.
The truth is a lot of people have the desire, but end up couching it for one reason or another. Expense, accessibility, even intimidation can keep would-be racers at home. But here’s the thing – taking your passion to its limits is easier than you might think.
In Part 1 of this series, I gave a general overview of different entry-level motorsports, a few of the more prominent race organizations operating in the U.S., what to bring to the track, and what to expect once you get there.
For Part 2, I’ll dig a little deeper into the specifics of amateur auto racing, including car suggestions, a breakdown of costs, and an analysis of modifications.
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It looks like the folks over at AMS Performance have scratched another entry into the history books with the Alpha Omega GT-R, this time via a 7.70-second blast down the 1320 at 186 mph. Throw in the fact that this car sports a full interior and stock body, and that accomplishment becomes even more impressive.
The team battled uncooperative weather and malfunctioning timing equipment at Royal Purple Raceway in Bayside, Texas, but managed to lay down the record-setting run once the clocks were fixed, the rain clouds had dispersed, and the track had dried.
Watching the video, it appears as though the laws of physics are broken when this highly-tuned Godzilla rips out of the hole in an all-wheel-drive wheelie, followed by a mad scramble for traction as the monstrous power coming from the tweaked-out turbo V-6 makes it to the ground via large drag radials. As the clouds creep in and the lightening flashes off in the distance, you can feel the gravity of the moment.
According to the AMS website, the Alpha Omega car holds the record for fastest and quickest GT-R in the quarter mile, as well as quickest 30-to-130 mph at 3.32 seconds, 100-to-150 mph at 2.15 seconds, and 0-to-300 km/h (or 186 mph) at 7.56 seconds. When we last saw it, horsepower figures came in somewhere around 1,700, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see even more now in the search for extra tenths.
While AMS might save some time stripping out the interior and replacing body pieces with lightened composites, we actually like how stock this thing is (that is, if a car with a parachute could be considered “stock”). You can bet this won’t be the last time you see the Alpha Omega GT-R, and we’re excited to see where AMS takes it next.