spkorb New Reader
June 22, 2013 8:50 a.m.

It's an ancient but well preserved film with all the trappings we know and love. Old dragsters, a mid engined van up on two wheels, a british narrator calmly talking your way through the terrifying bits. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qg6WdboK1nY

cwh PowerDork
June 22, 2013 9:08 a.m.

14.5 1/4?? 0-60 in 7 seconds? Kind of sad for a Gurney Weslake to be that slow.. Let Andy Nelson work on it a bit, he'll get it right.

Vigo UltraDork
June 22, 2013 10:59 a.m.

If it went 92 in the 1/4 mile, it didnt really make 400+ hp.

Dusterbd13 HalfDork
June 22, 2013 6:25 p.m.

I want one....

for some sick reason, the solid front axle, independent rear, and mid mounted small block in a flared van work for me.

June 22, 2013 7:14 p.m.

I can believe 400 hp and a 14 second 1/4 time, its probably geared too tall for 1/4 work and even purpose built drag tires back then weren't great. IIRC most is not all of the muscle cars of the late 60s were running mid 13s at best as delivered.

Vigo UltraDork
June 23, 2013 12:18 a.m.
the solid front axle,

It was independent, it just still handled like E36 M3 because it had the spring rate of a helium balloon.

can believe 400 hp and a 14 second 1/4 time, its probably geared too tall for 1/4 work and even purpose built drag tires back then weren't great.

I dont care about ET. If it only trapped 92 it wasn't making 400+ hp. Sure, the thing is sort of heavy, but not crazy so. Probably less than 5000 lbs. Look at the current fleet of <400hp half-ton pickups that weigh more and still go faster. It's entirely possible the quoted numbers on that van are not representative of it's actual performance potential, but if they stayed in it the whole run, that thing was probably making 300hp or less.

Dusterbd13 HalfDork
June 23, 2013 9:10 a.m.

when I watched the video, it sure looked like a solid front axle. ill have to watch it again later.

edit: watched it on the pig scree in slo-mo. that is one funky looking ifs.

AngryCorvair PowerDork
June 24, 2013 9:13 a.m.
Vigo wrote: I dont care about ET. If it only trapped 92 it wasn't making 400+ hp.

how well does your car launch in 4th?

a car geared to top out at 200 mph is not going to accelerate well. F=ma. taller gears = lower F.

Vigo UltraDork
June 24, 2013 11:25 a.m.

What makes you think that thing was geared to go 200 mph (i only heard that they 'thought' it could go over 150)? Who in their right mind would think they could get a car that traps 92 mph in the 1/4 mile to crack 200 mph? There won't be enough space to top it out if it accelerates that slowly! I have seen some 200mph LSR cars try the 1/4 and they ran 12s @ higher trap speeds. If they geared it so high that it sucked for 99% of the promotional events they were going to attend, in order to make it geared for a speed they did not have anywhere near the power to get to, they were a bunch of idiots. That thing probably couldnt even hit 150 if it DID have 400hp. It would probably take over 1000 hp to make that thing hit 200 mph.

ransom UltraDork
June 24, 2013 1:22 p.m.

Rotoflex couplings? I didn't think those saw use outside Spitfires...

June 24, 2013 1:33 p.m.

As I understand it, the supervans were made out of leftover lemans GT40 bits, quite possibly with pre chicane Mulsanne straight gears intact.

IIRC, the later big block GT40 ran out of 2nd gear at ~100mph.

You'll need to log in to post.

Also on Grassroots Motorsports

MX-5 Cup Racing: Live on Your Screen This Friday and Saturday

1 day ago in News

Catch all the action of the Global MX-5 Cup race at Road America live this weekend.

How to Run Compressed Air at Home

1 day ago in Articles

A guide for installing an air compressor and air tools in your home garage.

2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TSI 4Motion

1 day ago in New Car Reviews

Say hello to the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TSI S with 4Motion. It comes with a turbocharged 1.8-liter engine that is ...

You Need This: $1600 Street Racer Ford Festiva

1 day ago in News

It already has a GRM sticker and everything.

Get Your Subscription Combo Deals!

1 day ago in News

Get both our magazines for the price of one!

Your Projects: smokindav’s VW GTI Project

1 day ago in News

Love a good MK5 GTI? You might enjoy this build thread.

Wing It: Simple Talk on the Complex Subject of Aerodynamics

2 days ago in Articles

Whether sleek, boxy or somewhere in between, all cars interact with the air while racing down the track.

2018 Acura TLX V6 A-Spec

2 days ago in New Car Reviews

Acura is introducing something new for the 2018 model year: the Acura TLX V6 A-Spec. It's the highest trim level ...

You Need This: 1989 Suzuki Swift GTi

2 days ago in News

For sale: one of Suzuki's under-appreciated hot hatches.

Buyer's Guide: Chevy Cobalt SS

2 days ago in Articles

All the information you'll need on GM’s entry in the sport compact wars.

Wednesday Night GRM Live: Are You Using the Right Chemicals for the Job?

3 days ago in News

What do all these cans even do!?!?

Project SVT Focus Gets Caught Up on Maintenance

3 days ago in Project Cars

Once again, some off-road action sent our project focus under the knife.

OUR SPONSORS

Grassroots Motorsports Magazine

Subscribe Today

Also get your instant access to the digital edition of Grassroots Motorsports Magazine!

Learn More
xdjlIz2cUhCDoPseFp5RpjcPjlklrtEb