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 |  May 06 2010, 9:33 AM


Sure the new Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro seem to be hogging up a lot of the spotlight, but let’s not forget about the new-body Dodge Challenger. We ran across this 9-second Dodge Challenger SRT8 on Jon Sibal’s Blog, with Jon recently taking an interest in the car due to a Challenger build he’s currently working on. This one really caught our eye, hitting the track with 9-second time slips and finding its way home the same way it came – without a trailer.

Mr. Norm’s Garage has a tradition of building a series of “legends” cars for the Challenger with each one having its own focus for a theme. This Legend X Challenger was to be a quarter-mile bruiser without sacrificing any of the daily driving amenities we all crave. Starting with the 6.1L HEMI engine, Mr. Norm’s Garage went to work overhauling it with a 2.8H Kennel Bell twin-screw supercharger, Dana rear-end, mini tubes to accept 13-inch slicks, 426 HEMI heads, cams, etc. Basically a complete overhaul of the powerplant and the vehicle from bumper to bumper to be a heavy-horsepower straight-line bullet, all tuned by MPH.

And a bullet it is, pushing out over 1,100-hp and tripping the lights at the end of the quarter mile at 9.574 @ 143.46mph. This was last year at the 2009 Mopar Nationals and as far as we know it still holds the record as the fastest modern Challenger and fastest LX platform (300C, Challenger, Charger) car. It will be interesting to see how well this Challenger does on its next time out on the track. Perhaps 8s isn’t too far away for this legend!

Check out the video of the 9-second pass after the jump:

GALLERY: Mr. Norm’s Legend X Challenger


[Source: Jon Sibal's Blog]

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 |  Apr 23 2010, 4:15 PM


While Toyota owners continue to be worried about “unintended acceleration” issues associated with faulty gas pedals, owners of other makes are eagerly testing the limits of their vehicles’ intended acceleration on the quarter mile. Sometimes, however, there are unintended consequences. Take this drag-racing CRX for example and an owner who got one seriously unpleasant surprise when he planted his lead foot on the go-fast pedal.

Something tells me the first thing he did when he got home that night was go on his local or favorite Honda forum and posting WTB: scatter shield. The video of this turbocharged CRX is just something you want to sit there watching over and over. We’re mesmerized by how quickly the devastation comes and how unexpected it is. Luckily no one was hurt in the accident, but clearly this owner needs to invest in a scatter shield. Flywheels running loose can cause serious injury, and this one would have had it just gone the other way. Enjoy the video after the break and feel free to replay it over and over. We did.

GALLERY: Honda CR-X Exploded Transmission


[Source: FarmofMinds]

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 |  Apr 22 2010, 3:06 PM


There’s an old adage that floats around the drag racing track that goes something like this: “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” Sometimes this means throwing in a 100-shot of nitrous oxide to keep up with the competitors, or dropping your credit card at the local shop to replicate what someone else has done.

While this Mustang probably had other ways of beating its competition, Jeff Wilson of Jaw’s Gear and Axle decided to shoe-horn a Toyota Supra 2JZ-GTE powerplant into his Ford Mustang. Forget the big displacement and heavy torque that every Mustang-fanatic brags about. The turbocharged inline-six will be making a statement to everyone at the drag strip for its reliability, strength and horsepower potential.

We’ve seen plenty of videos of Supras generating more than 1200-hp as well as blistering the quarter mile in 7-second passes. So it’s no surprise that this Ford Mustang will probably devastate some of its competition while raising plenty of eyebrows and stirring controversy within the pits. Look for the Jaw’s Gear and Axle Mustang at WCHRA events in the LT5 class for 2010. The project is a combination of minds with Titan Motorsports contributing parts, Enterprise Motorsport’s fabrication skills, Dave Engine’s engine building, Black Sheep Racing’s technical knowledge and world-renowned tuner John Reed. We’re looking forward to seeing Jaw’s Gear and Axle’s Mustang take on the competition!

[Source: Titan Motorsports Blog]

GALLERY: Toyota Supra Powered Ford Mustang


 |  Feb 23 2010, 3:05 PM


With the success of last year’s model, Dodge has released 100 more Track Pak Challengers for the 2010 model year. Built to compete in the NHRA Stock, Super Stock and Comp Eliminator classes this track-only model is powered by Mopar’s 6.1-liter HEMI V8 and comes with either a five-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. Offered exclusively in Stone White and in Stock Eliminator trim, the best part of the Track Pak is that it weighs just 3,200 lbs.

In order to get down to that weight, the Track Pak model includes Viper-style seats, polycarbonate door windows, a lift-off composite hood, manual steering, special light-weight front brakes and a special cable-operated throttle linkage and pedal assembly.

Pricing for the Drag Pak is set at $39,999, but with just 100 units available you had to submit an application, available at or call the Mopar Direct Connection Tech Line at 888-528-HEMI (4363).

Official release after the jump:

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Ford Readying 2010 Mustang Cobra Jet Drag Racer

Just 50 models will be produced

 |  Jun 12 2009, 3:36 PM


After the success of Ford’s 2008 Mustang Cobra Jet, the company has announced plans to bring back the factory drag racer using the new 2010 platform.

The new model will use a 425hp supercharged 5.4-liter V8 direct from the Ford Racing Performance Parts catalog. Ford also plans to make another engine available, with an aluminum block and 475hp. A six-speed manual transmission (the same found in the ’08 model) will be standard equipment, however, there will be an option to upgrade to a 5-speed Liberty manual unit or a race-spec auto-box.

In addition, the Cobra Jet will get an NHRA certified roll cage and lightweight racing brakes.

“I’ve said from my first day in this job that I wanted Ford Racing to continue to be a ‘racer-friendly’ organization,” said Ford Racing boss Brian Wolfe. “That’s why we take great pride in being one of only two car companies worldwide that builds ready-to-race cars and sells them as part of our performance parts offerings.”

The 2010 Cobra Jet comes hot on the heels of the 2008 model (pictured above), which was created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original.

Only 50 Cobra Jets will be built, the exact number required by the NHRA in order for the vehicles to run in the series.

Pricing is expected to be in the $75,000 range with production in the Fall for delivery early 2010.

Official release after the jump:

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 |  Mar 11 2009, 12:09 PM


This past weekend Banks Power set yet another world record for diesel-powered drag racers by running a 7.7708 second pass at 180.00 mph in the Banks Sidewinder S-10.

The Banks Sidewinder is the first ever diesel pickup truck to hit the 180 mph mark in the quarter-mile, a feat which took place at the NHRDA Desert Diesel Nationals at the Speedworld Dragstrip in Wittman, Arizona with Wes Anderson behind the wheel.

Powered by a twin-turbo 6.6-liter GM Duramax V8 engine, the Banks Sidewinder uses a Nitrous Oxide system in place of an intercooling setup, which is controlled by a proprietary Banks controller to ensure the flow of Nitrous to the engine is as efficient as possible and the combustion temperatures are ideal.

Banks also designed a specific ECU for the Sidewinder, which will be adapted for use in the company’s Marine Engines. Several other technologies and techniques used on the record setting pickup will be put in place in Banks’ Top Diesel Dragster soon.