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Ford is thinking about adding a mid-range track car to their Boss 302S and 302R lineup. They quietly debuted a concept called the 302SX at the recent Performance Racing Industry trade show in Orlando, FL.
Don’t let their modest unveiling fool you, this car is something to talk about. It borrows aspects of the new Cobra Jet drag car and the Boss 302R race car. With that step comes a jump from the standard 444 horsepower to more than 500 out of a built 5.0-liter V8.
It also means a slew of improved parts like the six-speed transmission out of the 302R. Upgraded exhaust,oil and fuel systems offer the engine help while a fully adjustable coilover suspension, adjustable front and rear sway bars, camber/caster plates, Brembo brakes and racing slicks deliver track-gripping performance.
The interior is also trimmed back including lightweight seats, and a quick release steering wheel. Proving that this is a serious track machine, as if that isn’t enough, Ford is also tossing in a system to record lap times.
The 302SX is a concept for the time being but Ford says it’s testing the market to see if releasing this latest iteration is worth their while.
Jens Eklund is hardly a stranger to building high-horsepower Audi drag cars, having campaigned a wildly popular 9-second 1,000-hp Audi S6 in the past. He decided that the S6′s styling was becoming outdated, and given just how beautiful the new A5 looks, he decided to build a whole new chassis to terrorize Sweden’s drag racing tracks with.
Nothing looks better than a well-built RWD drag car that still remotely resembles an actual vehicle. Never mind the full on dragsters that hardly look like the car they’re meant to look like; we’re talking about cars like Eklund’s new A5 dragster. Even though it’s clearly a full-on drag race chassis, he’s able to retain the factory body panels given it the proper dimensions that a stock car would have. No elongated front ends here and the result is a very stunning A5 drag monster.
To maintain an engine program that clearly has been working for him, he managed to retain the powertrain from the S6, giving this A5 the same 1,000-hp he’s been campaigning, lighting up the track and storming YouTube with. We can’t wait to see how this new chassis does for Eklund and we bet it’s a pretty sight to see going down the quarter mile.
GALLERY: Jens Eklund 1,000-hp Drag Audi A5
One of our biggest gripes with so-called ‘street’ drag racing classes are that the cars aren’t really streetable. In the loosest of sense, the rules are geared towards cars that could be put on the street (whether it requires a catalytic converter or full interior or whatever the case is). Nine times out of ten, however, the cars just aren’t streetable.
We would love to see some of those 900 horsepowers Honda Civics reliably drive 200 miles at a time, then go tear it down the track.
Needless to say, our skepticism crept in when we heard about Larry Larson’s 6-second 1966 Chevrolet Nova ‘street car’. But lo and behold, we’re eating our own sarcastic internal monologue. Hot Rod Magazine has conjured up an event called Drag Week, which is similar to the One Lap of America. Basically, cars that wish to compete must race on five different tracks across five different states in five days. The cars must be driven from track to track (inevitably from state to state) and whoever gets the lowest ET wins. Simple enough.
Larry Larson’s 1966 Chevy Nova took the crown this year, having commuted well over 1,200 miles on the streets, highways and even in the rain to each track. And to top it all off, he piloted the car to a very impressive 6.95 second pass at 209 mph. The old Nova sports a twin-turbocharged 565 ci big-block Bowtie V8. Larson’s never dyno’ed the car but guesses it probably pumps out over 2,300-hp.
Kudos to you Larry Larson, you truly deserve a huge round of applause.
Check out three videos of this real deal street bruiser after the break:
Titan Motorsports has long been paving the way in the sport compact drag racing segment, setting records in their Street Tire Supra in the early 2000s, before moving onto the NHRA Sport Compact Pro RWD class with their Toyota Celicas. They then powered their way to 6-second passes on the quarter-mile before Scion jumped on board on contributed to two new chassis. Once the NHRA Sport Compact Drag Racing Series merged with NOPI, and NOPI disappeared, Titan Motorsports looked for a new challenge to please its sponsors and continue drag racing while setting records and raising eyebrows.
In what was an interesting move on their part, Titan Motorsports decided to campaign their Scion tC drag car at the ADRL series which is mostly dominated by American muscle. In fact, they are probably the only import-powered vehicle there at most events. With a Toyota 2JZ Supra Turbo engine with only 186 cubic inches, most ADRL competitors were skeptical that Titan could even come close to competing with the 800+ cubic inch motors that were all forced induced. Needless to say they attracted a lot of attention once they became very competitive in the 10.5-inch tire field.
But a new goal was on the horizon for 2010. After making numerous low 4-second passes in the 1/8th-mile, Titan Motorsports knew they had it in their car to go into the mystical 3-second mark. A 3.999 or faster pass would not only make Titan’s car the fastest sport compact/import in the world but they would also become part of an exclusive Mickey Thompson 3 Second Club. Entering this club rewards the team with a custom ring, custom leather jacket and $3000.00 bounty to the first five members.
At the ADRL Georgia Drags VI, Titan Motorsports finally achieved their goal with a record-setting 3.996 @ 182.45 mph. They have made their way into the coveted Mickey Thompson 3 Second Club as one of the first five cars into the 3′s and guaranteed themselves as the fastest import in the world for many years to come. Watch the record setting pass after the jump!
[Source: Titan Motorsports Blog]
GALLERY: Titan Motorsports 3-second Scion tC