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Drag Race Technology For The Street

Cool Ideas For Your Daily Driver

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Racing vehicles are idea factories. Competitors are always trying the latest and greatest products, as well as innovating on their own to try and get an edge over the opposition. The best part is, many tricks that land race vehicles in the winners circle can also be used to improve our street trucks.

At last year’s NHRDA World Finals, we snapped a few photos of the NX Dragster, Armor Inc. Pro Street truck, and J&R Automotive Super Street Duramax. These vehicles were some of the strongest competitors in their respective classes and were chockfull of innovations that led to their impressive performances. They all had clean, professional looks to match their timeslips, so we gathered as much info as we could on these rigs cosmetically and mechanically in the hopes that we’ll see more of these tricks on the street.

Quick Specs
Owner: Mike Wood
Driver: Emily Herod
Vehicle: 282-inch Uyehara Chassis Dragster
Engine: 7.0L Duramax, Crower rods, JE pistons, ZZ Custom Fabrication heads and intake manifold, Industrial Injection turbos and fueling system
Transmission: Hughes XP5 lockup Powerglide with Gear Vendors overdrive
Suspension: Ford 9-inch-based rearend featuring a titanium housing
Estimated Power: 1,500 hp and 1,700 lb-ft
Best Elapsed Time and Speed: 7.83 seconds at 183 mph
Vehicle Weight: 1,900 pounds

The Armor Inc. Pro Street drag truck has run as quick as 9.69 seconds at 143 mph. It’s not some tube-chassis race truck, either—it rolls on a modified factory frame and suspension.

Quick Specs
Owner: Darren Harris, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Driver: Donovan Harris
Vehicle: 2001 Dodge 1500 with a back-half tube frame
Engine: 5.9L Cummins common-rail engine, compound turbos with nitrous
Transmission: Lenco with Bruno converter drive modified to accept a lockup torque converter
Suspension: Four-link rear suspension with a Ford 9-inch-based rearend
Estimated Power: 1,100 hp and 1,500 lb-ft
Best Elapsed Time and Speed: 9.69 seconds at 143 mph
Vehicle Weight: 4,950 pounds

The J&R Automotive-sponsored GMC owned and driven by Brian Spooner has gone as quick as 9.94 seconds in the quarter-mile at 144 mph. It’s also no lightweight, at 6,200 pounds.

Quick Specs
Owner: Brian Spooner, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada
Driver: Brian Spooner
Vehicle: 2002 GMC 2500
Engine: 7.1L SoCal Diesel stroker engine with Maximized Performance triple turbos, Wicked Diesel CP3 pumps, 240 percent injectors, air-to-water intercooler, nitrous, and water-methanol injection; tuned with EFILive by J&R Automotive
Transmission: Sun Coast Converters Duraflite rebuilt by NADP with a 2,800-rpm stall converter and PCS transmission controller
Suspension: Stock, with traction bars
Estimated Power: 1,500 hp and 1,800 lb-ft
Best Elapsed Time and Speed: 9.94 seconds at 144 mph
Vehicle Weight: 6,215 pounds

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