The 1/4 mile, a challenge taken on by so many, all aiming for that sub ten & below time.
It’s a challenge of pure physics. Having power is only part of the problem, but you then have to put it down onto the track, not to mention your reaction time which can make or break your ‘perfect’ launch towards that end of runway gantry.
Here’s one car that in this year’s up & coming season is going all out to get below that 10 second mark!
Perry Stephenson is the owner of this monstrous looking MGB, & I have to say he is a true gent as he gave myself & Dave Cox (blog and pics to follow from him) all the time we needed to capture this classic on steroids & was more than happy to talk us through the hard work that’s got it where it is now.
Talking of hard work, this is a huge project! One that’s been ongoing for a while, and this monster of a car has been cruel as well as kind, having munched last year’s engine.
However it’s back on top form and currently running a 4.8 litre v8 (bored out Rover 3.9 V8) coupled to a supercharger from a Sherman tank!
Perry believes it’s running around 400bhp with 600 ft/lbs of torque, & going by the noise it makes, I’d say he’s spot on & if anything is being modest about the power of this fantastic build.
Due to the popualarity of drifting, the dragster scene is often overlooked in the automotive world. In a cloud of tyre smoke filled by the ever popular drift culture which has in recent years cast a shroud effect on all other genres of motorsport, it’s important to remember the other disciplines out there & the hard work that goes into making cars like this.
I’m looking forward to following Perry’s progress in the Santa Pod Raceway 2013 season, wishing him all the best & I hope he makes that sub 10 second run he’s gunning for!
Oh & did I mention this car is fully road legal?… and they say dragsters aren’t cool 😉