Nitromethane: Top-Fuel Drag Racing’s Soup of Choice

June 28th, 2007

The idea is so simple. You pit two cars against each other over a straight, measured distance — an eighth of a mile or a quarter mile. But that’s the last simple thing you’ll ever have to say about drag racing, a sport that has evolved into an extreme, heart-pumping exhibition of pure power and engineering genius. We’re talking 6,000 horsepower here, making the zero to 60 jump in two-tenths of a second, busting 325 mph and ticking off that quarter mile in under 5 seconds. You don’t do that on a tank of regular from the corner gas station. Read More

Autocross Club Equipe Rapide (ER) severs ties with SCCA

June 28th, 2007

Written by: Carl Couric As some of you may or may not know, the SCCA board has decided to cut all ties with Equipe Rapide and not honor the contract they agreed to at the beginning of the year. My first reaction was to think of how this affects all SCCA members, especially the Florida Region autocrossers, and it made me angry. All I could see was SCCA Florida Region’s board was being short sighted again. I then looked at it from a simple business standpoint, and from an ER perspective, I said “Thank you! More money and freedom for Read More

New Cadillac CTS-V to have Supercharged LS7 Corvette motor with 600HP

June 4th, 2007

Various sources are reporting that the new Cadillac CTS-V due out next year as s 2009 model will have the Corvette’s LS7 motor with a supercharger. Although the upcoming Corvette “Blue-Devil” will have the same powerplant approaching 700HP, the small 4 door super-caddy will be setup for 600HP. That’s a lot of power for a sedan of this size. Current offerings from Mercedes and BMW will be be coming up quite short on the power side of things. The natually aspirated 63 V8 motor from the Mercedes AMG division and BMW’s V10 are only putting out 500HP and don’t have Read More