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 |  Apr 30 2014, 2:32 PM

Rendering of the exterior of the new General Motors Performance

General Motors announced today that it began construction on a new facility in Pontiac, Mic. that will serve as the new home to its racing powertrain development effort.

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 |  Nov 07 2013, 1:18 PM

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Chevrolet debuted the latest version of its COPO Camaro drag-racer at this years SEMA show, ensuring that amateur and professional racers have a bow-tie in their corner.

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 |  Nov 05 2013, 3:07 PM

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The Chevrolet Performance COPO Camaro program will return once again for 2014 with another limited production run featuring new racing engine choices.

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 |  Jul 02 2013, 5:45 PM

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Chevrolet Performance has announced that it has signed a multi-year deal to become the title sponsor of the NHRA U.S. Nationals.

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 |  Oct 30 2012, 4:31 PM

Ford Racing is revving things up by introducing a brand-new livery. The color scheme will be a prominent addition to all cars supported by the company and powered by its engines.

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 |  May 09 2012, 4:32 PM

Burnouts are an awesome, and expensive way to waste tires. Of course, the competitors in burnout contests know this, but none would expect what happens in this video.

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 |  Apr 10 2012, 12:32 PM


The one thing electric motors are best at is in delivering instant torque, so it would only make sense to make electric dragsters.

While the full-size dragster still prefer to burn alcohol, Traxxas will sell you a miniature, radio controlled, electric dragster for your amusement.

This 1/8 scale model features Traxxas’ ET-3s brushless motor, which allows this little dragster to hit speeds of upto 70+ mph, which is seriously fast for a projectile that can run into your ankles.

Currently, the only body style offered is based on the Ford Mustang, but you can choose from four different color schemes, each depicting an actual NHRA Funny Car replica dragster.

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 |  Apr 11 2011, 11:16 AM

It’s only been out for a month, but now, thanks to the efforts of veteran racer Dave Thomas; the 2011 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak (Mopar’s spelling not ours), has blazed into the history books.

During a test session at Atco Raceway in New Jersey last week, in preparation for the NHRA Division 1 National Open; Thomas rattled off an Elapsed Time of 9.43 seconds at 143.90 mph in the quartermile, setting a new fastest record in the process.

Thomas, who’s been drag racing since 1971, took delivery of his turn-key drag spec Challenger just two weeks prior. Powered by a version of the Viper’s 500 cubic inch V-10 and equipped with a two-speed drag transmission and solid rear axle, plus a competition fuel system; Thomas says the only changes from what Mopar offers out of the box were adding weight bars.

“It’s a spectacular car,” he said. “On its first-ever run, the car went a 9.79 at 137 mph. It’s a turn-key operation. There are no headaches involved in setting it up at all. You just get in there and drive it. It’s neat that the factory can make something like this.”

 |  Nov 05 2009, 4:12 PM

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After the success of Ford’s 2008 Mustang Cobra Jet, Ford announced at the 2009 Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) Show the return of the car for 2010. In a “SEMA Special” silver with a charcoal Cobra Jet graphics package, the new turnkey race car is ready for NHRA competition.

“The 2008 Cobra Jet was a great car, it did everything we wanted it to do,” said Brian Wolfe, director, Ford North American Motorsports. “We’re really proud of the car, but then again we’re always trying to make the next one better. With the 2010 Cobra Jet, we had the luxury of a longer development cycle and the result is absolutely stunning. Where the 2008 Cobra Jet was an extremely potent starting point for NHRA Stock competition, the 2010 will enhance the car further. We are all excited to see the new Cobra Jet in competition.”

The new model uses a 425-hp 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 475-hp. 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. The car will also get launch control.

Only 50 2010 CJs will be built.

GALLERY: 2010 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

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Ford Readying 2010 Mustang Cobra Jet Drag Racer

Just 50 models will be produced

 |  Jun 12 2009, 3:36 PM

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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.

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