We’re not sure exactly what’s going on here. There’s no way these racers can think that this is a good idea–but maybe they do. After all, this is the internet where anything can happen.
But at least now we all know what happens when you spray a can of nitrous into the intake of a supercharged Chevy Cobalt. That much unregulated nitrous without fuel to match will almost certainly lead to a catastrophically lean condition in the engine. It doesn’t lead to the big fireball you might expect, but that much smoke coming from the exhaust is never a good sign.
The video description calls this a two-stroke V8 but doesn’t offer any more. So we think–but aren’t sure–that this is an Evinrude 3.6 liter V8 used as an outboard boat motor.
But whatever it is, listening to it fire up and watching it blow smoke out of that nest of expansion pipes is glorious. The maniacs who went to the trouble to build this say that the expansion pipes are hand made by hydroforming and the engine will wind up in something other than a boat. We can’t wait to find out what.
Steve Morris Engines developed this 615 cubic inch big block Chevy that is capable of some incredible horsepower levels.
It’s also going to be used in a pretty unique situation. This aluminum monster is going into a Bentley that will be street driven and possibly even compete in Drag Week.
Morris says the engine is based on a Brodix block and cylinder heads. It uses an intake manifold they’ve developed themselves and a cam of their own specs and swallows air through a giant five-inch throttle body. The two turbos are sized at 88 millimeters and one of the five stages of the dry sump pump are used to scavenge the oil from them.
On race gas and 30 pounds of boost this engine pumps out 3,082 horsepower at 6,900 rpm and 2,623 at 5,900 rpm. The redline doesn’t come until 7,700 rpm (at least for the dyno pulls that we saw) and even then the engine is making more than 3,000 horsepower. That’s with race gas, Morris says their are also plans to power the engine with E85.
Bentley just announced that Volkswagon, it’s owner since the late ’90s, is moving production of all the W12 engines used to power its cars from Germany to Bentley’s plant in Crew England.
At the Horsepower Monster, we’re fascinated by all engines, especially ones as unique as the W12 layout. The W12 manages to cram 12 cylinders into a very small space by aligning three cylinders each into four rows, with two rows on each side merged into a single cylinder bank. The smaller package versus a V12 configuration means there is room for Bently to squeeze in its famous 4WD driveline.
This video shows a 600 horsepower, twin-turbo W12 going together from bare block to fully assembled going onto the engine cradle. There’s no narration describing what’s going on, so you can simply sit back and enjoy the build.
Few of us are ever going to have the opportunity–or the wherewithall–to drive a nitro burning Top Fuel drag car. So this may just be as close as you are ever going to get.
Action cam manufacturer Replay XD mounted a camera on a Top Fuel car (they didn’t say which car it is) and filmed a couple 300 mile-per-hour blasts down the track. The camera is mounted just behind the driver and we get an unobstructed view of the 7,000 horsepower engine at work as it spews flames out the headers. Plus, we get to see runs both in the daylight and at night. When you watch the video, pay close attention to how the light changes at the 11 second mark. The yellow wash over the screen is because this car is passing through the still burning exhaust of the car in the other lane as it passes it.
The King of the Hammers is an annual off-road competition that’s unique in that it combines the speed and power of desert racing along with the technique and explosive torque of rock climbing.
As you can imagine it is incredibly difficult to design and build a vehicle that’s equally good at both disciplines–and it’s equally hard to do both well as a driver. And that’s just one of the reasons why the King of the Hammers is not only beloved by the off-roading community but quickly growing in popularity among motorsports fans in general.
The 2014 edition of the KOH race is in the books, and it looks like there will be a documentary movie of the race that will debut in late June of this year. Here’s the first trailer for the movie, and it definitely has us looking forward checking out the full movie.
Momo manufactures a wide rance of incredible high performance products for both racing and street machines, but this might just be the best thing they’ve done yet.
After the 24 Hours of Daytona the company put together a video featuring an incredible series of slow motion shots of racing action. So much in racing happens so fast, it can be a revelation to watch it slowed down to an extreme. And it doesn’t help when the camera work is absolutely fantastic.
The description for the above video says that it is the first in a new series, but no more showed up–until now. It appears that Momo has partnered with the /Drive network to make more videos, and their first one has just shown up. This one features racing action from Sebring, and not only do we get stunning night shots like Daytona, this version also has a car running off course and sending dirt flying with its front splitter, which turns out to be quite interesting in slow motion. Enjoy.
Holley’s original LS Retro-Fit oil pan has been hugely popular and this new pan (P/N 302-2) has all the same attributes plus a redesigned front to give additional clearance. It provides maximum clearance for vehicles where the steering linkage is behind the engine crossmember. Like the original, these factory-style cast aluminum pans use factory gaskets, filter mounting, cooler ports and provide structural rigidity like a factory pan. They come with an oil baffle as well as pump pickup, and specialty racing baffles are available separately.
For more information, you can check out Holley’s website here.
After watching this video it is hard to believe the driver is fine–but despite multiple flips we’re told he will recover fine.
This is footage from France where Guerlain Chicherit was attempting to best Tanner Foust’s world record 332 foot jump in a car. Chicherit’s goal was to fly a Mini Countryman 360 feet from ramp to ramp.
We’re told this was a practice run. Chicherit had the length to make the jump but didn’t quite stick the landing. After watching the crash, we’re sure Chicherit is thanking his lucky stars he made it out alive.