The National Hot Rod Association has announced the inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, to be held in March at the zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, NC. Opened in 2008, this track is the only one of its kind. An exhibition race was held back in 2008, but 4-lane racing has yet to be included in an actual championship event.
The exhibition race created so much positive feedback from fans, as well as drivers, that NHRA has agreed to introduce the 4-way drag race to a national event. Running two races at a time will speed up qualifying and eliminations, and driver’s predict that it will increase the level of excitement for spectators.
So why not just race the whole bunch at once? First one across the finish line is the champion. Oh, right, that would be too short. Alright, well how about making the track into a loop, so the race still goes for a while. The first guy to finish 250 laps wins. Nah, no one would want to sit around and wait for that to end…
To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the original GT350, Shelby has announced the return of the pony car for the 2011 model year. The new Shelby will be based on Ford’s newest 5.0 Mustang GT. Owning a new GT350 will require the purchase of a factory Mustang GT and the purchase and installation of the Shelby upgrades. Your base mustang will be shipped to Shelby, where (for a small fee of $33,995) they will transform it into a 500hp monster worthy of the Shelby badge.
For has played a major role in the development of the new GT350. Aside from supplying the basis for the performance machine, the company’s racing division provided the supercharger and suspension upgrades. Also joining the team of experts were Baer, Goodyear, Borla, and Cragar.
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If your $100k Chevy Corvette ZR1 has left you desiring more drag strip performance, Lingenfelter has a solution. Responsible for some of the fastest Corvettes of all time, Lingenfelter has been known to force immense amounts of power out of run-of-the-mill Chevys.
They have boosted the already astounding specs of the supercharged LS9 to 739 hp and 740 lb-ft of torque. The extra power comes from a modified supercharger intake and pulley, larger intake tube, upgraded air filter and ported throttle body. A set of Mickey Thompson ET Street Radials will suffer the full effect of the ZR1’s power on the drag strip. Speaking of drag racing… check out Lingenfelter’s Vette in action after the jump.
WANT!! Porsche introduces the 911 GT3 R, based on the GT3 race car and updated for improved drivability. The R has a wide body, 4.0L, 473 hp 6-cylinder boxer engine, 6-speed sequential gearbox, ABD, and traction control. Oh, and a $405,000 price tag. Not much more to say about it. Photos after the jump. Drool time…
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Extreme sports star turned daredevil, Travis Pastrana pulled off a record breaking rally car jump last night. As if racing a rally car wasn’t insane enough. Not only did he outdo Ken Block (previous record holder), he smashed the record by almost 100 feet… in style.
Although there’s probably no chance I’d ever fit my 6’9″ self into one, I’ve always thought the NSX was a wicked cool car. Like many others, I was disappointed by the news that it would be discontinued, aside from continued use on the racetrack. Even rumors and concepts of replacements were usually a disappointment.
The Super GT racing series in Japan has seen the use of cars like the NSX and Supra beyond their mass production runs. The major Japanese manufacturers have begun replacing them with track specific race cars, one of them being Honda’s new HSV-010 GT. Motors Blog of Japan and Paul Tan have collected some great photos and short video clips of the HSV in action at Suzuka’s F1 circuit.