Heat Treatments Limited Racing – the New Zealand team behind the world’s quickest Skyline GT-R – have rewritten the record books once again. At Willowbank Raceway in Queensland, Australia on Saturday, driver Reece McGregor pointed the HTL Racing BNR32 to a 7.455 at 193.27mph (311km/h) pass before going 7.412 at the same trap speed. It’s been exactly a year since the legendary GT-R set its last PB – that run was a 7.531 at 185.26mph (298.14km/h) at the very same Willowbank Sportsman pre-FUCHS Winternationals meet – so cracking into the 7.40s (and very nearly the 7.30s!) is a great accomplishment. We can’t wait to see what the team can do at the 2013 Winternats in a few weeks time! In the meantime, check out some video of the 7.45 and 7.41 passes from the guys at DragImportMedia.
Big engines and big cars are kind of obvious huh? Don’t get me wrong, I love a good V8 and have owned more than a few. An Audi R8 with that V10 sat behind my head? All day, every day my friend. Yet if I’m honest I think my ego gets in the way sometimes. [...]
Last fall I discovered a very cool and very unique automotive event unfolding at a lonely municipal airport in Central California. It was hosted by an organization called Shift S3ctor and known as Air Strip Attack. I’d never seen anything quite like it – completely legal, side-by-side racing on a wide open half-mile stretch of [...]
It’s a fact I’ve never really been a fan of drag racing. Hang on though and stick with me, because I am now – and I hope that you will be too after reading this. Drag racing is not something I’ve just discovered either: I’ve been regularly visiting dragstrips for over 15 years. From Santa [...]
As you saw in our Nostalgia Immersion: March Meet 2013 coverage, there were plenty of mega-buck Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars at the March Meet, but they were far outnumbered by the hobbyist drag racers and their production vehicle racecars. These are cars that we mere mortals might have a chance at owning and [...]
It’s the smell of nitro and rubber turned to smoke, BBQ and kettle corn; the sudden crack of a blower separating from its engine at 260mph, enough to make you jump even with earplugs; the guttural tremor as a Top Fuel car claws for traction. This must be March Meet. 55 years later, people still [...]
It’s a long time ago now, but I can still remember the very first 4&Rotary Nationals drag day. It happened in October 1998, and straight away you could tell from the turnout that the organizer was on to something big. It only took couple of years to find traction, and by the early ’00s it wasn’t [...]
When I started writing this post I figured it would be a great to include the exact amount of photos I shot this entire year. Well I got halfway and realized that it might as well be one trillion, because that was how many it felt like I had shot. This past year was a growing year [...]
Let’s not kid anybody: all of you Speedhunters out there have likely done some ‘spirited’ driving on the streets in one form or another. But we all know that it is very dangerous. Too much spirited driving on the streets is a very real problem in the UAE – especially in Dubai. In an effort [...]
For those of you that somehow missed yesterday’s post, let me bring you up to speed. I recently spent a weekend in Sin City getting reacquainted with the crazy machines of the good old thirteen-twenty variety. While the weekend as a whole was a massive display of shock and awe, there were some cars that [...]
Ah yes, drag racing. At its core, it is motorsport of the purist kind, and one with a very low barrier to entry. All one needs to enjoy a good drag is a car, a strip of relatively straight road surface of a predefined length and, preferably, someone else to find out whether or not [...]
In yesterday’s post I introduced the basics of Shift S3ctor’s unique Airstrip Attack event. Now that you guys have a little idea about what went down at the Coalinga Municipal Airport last weekend, I’d like to focus a bit more on the high powered automobiles that came out to play. The concept of the event was great of course, but it’d be nothing without some exciting machinery to take part.
While we always appreciate the classics, the truth of the matter is today’s cars are faster and better than ever. Thanks to the engineering efforts and tech advances of carmakers around the world, speed has never been easier to come by. Of course if the impressive factory specs aren’t enough to satisfy you, tuners are there to make them even better. These are good times we’re living in.
My interest in cars and all that has spawned from them, be it motorsport, the tuning scene or car culture in general has always come from a basic fascination with the mechanical side of it all. The car and all its components, the engines especially, is what really does it for me. I also think [...]
Before I continue to show you the wild drag cars I came across in the pits during the JDDA drag meet up in Hi-land back in September, I thought a post dedicated to some zeroyon action would make a nice addition to the coverage, after all… …as nice as these cars are parked up, they [...]