James May Amazed at GT-R Launch Control

December 6th, 2016

It requires something pretty outstanding to get the attention of an experienced performance guru like The Grand Tour host James May. Fact is that when an individual has been testing exotic and high performance cars for more than 30-years, the little things that might excite a normal person are apt to go completely unnoticed. This was certainly not the case when this long-time British television host and performance car enthusiast climbed into the cockpit of a new Nissan GT-R to check out the launch control feature. If there was previously any doubt in your mind that the Nissan GT-R is Read More

Crazy Twin Turbo LS Powered Lexus IS300

November 10th, 2016

Like most drag racing fans, the prospect of a big engine in a really small and lightweight car is intriguing to me. It all began for me way back when with a built (four-bolt mains of course) small block Chevy engine in a Chevrolet Vega, nicknamed “Cherry Bomb” because it exploded through the 1320. Unfortunately, those Vegas are getting pretty difficult to find at a reasonable price. The good news is that lightweight import shells are out there and they’re a dime a dozen. If you have some mechanical aptitude and a few fabrication (cutting and welding) skills, you can Read More

Putting a British Twist on High Performance

October 7th, 2016

This is the official trailer for a brand new Amazon streaming series, called The Grand Tour, starring a trio of guys that you might recognize from the long-running BBC television series Top Gear. Join Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May as they cavort across the globe test abusing some of the most exotic supercars ever built and landing in their fair share of trouble along the way. Clarkson is a heralded journalist who currently writes weekly columns for The Sunday Times and The Sun. He specializes in motoring content but he is best known for his role as an often outspoken, and Read More

St. Louis Street Racing Action

February 11th, 2016

You can find me in St. Louie, where the street racing action reigns all-day…and night. The “strip” is in an abandoned industrial park and the racing is crazy! Some of the baddest and best street racers in the Midwest show up and show out in some elite level heads-up dig racing. Big name racers like the Beater Bomb, the LSX Willys Jeep, and FR8TRAIN line up for bragging rights and possibly a little cash but there are plenty of other racers making their debut appearance on DragTimes. There’s a nitrous injected Malibu, a supercharged Camaro SS, and a LSx powered Read More

Wild, Wild West Street Racing

January 21st, 2016

This clip details a cowboy’s night out on the streets of Phoenix, Arizona. Instead of horses and six-guns, these cowboys are packing forced air induction and nitrous oxide. It’s night-time dig racing on the highways and byways of one of the west’s largest cities. This action is insane – don’t miss it. There’s a hood scoop with a nitrous V8 Chevy Monza attached to it. This thing is more show than go and gets dusted by one Fox Body nitrous Mustang before beating another. At any rate, it’s refreshing to see a Monza again; you hardly ever see them anymore. There’s Read More

SEMA 2015 Highlights

December 3rd, 2015

If you (like I) missed the 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas, here are a few video highlights that may help to soothe the wound. For starters there’s a full-custom JDM Nissan Sunny pickup with a tricked out SR-20 four-cylinder engine. This contraption weighs only about 1,800-pounds and makes 450hp. Next, we have an E28 BMW. You will seldom see a wilder suspension setup than the one on this car. It’s inboard mounted and push rod activated with aluminum mounts. The engine is an inline 6-cylinder (dry-sump oiling system) that has been seriously beefed up by VAC Motorsports in Philadelphia. Read More

Insane Big Block Nitrous Volvo Wagon

December 2nd, 2015

Put yourself in the passenger seat of the XTX late model Volvo V40 Wagon for a violent launch and a wild street pass. XTX (of Sweden) allows the video cameraman (Fred) to straddle the giant nitrous bottle in the passenger floorboard. What happens next is priceless; the Volvo leaves the line with the front wheels lifted skyward and the expression on Fred’s face seems to say “Oh, crap.” This thing has a 588-cubic-inch Chevrolet big block engine with a dual shot of laughing gas from Nitrous Outlet. Without the nitrous, the big block is producing approximately 700hp. It seems that Read More

Gear Ratio Calculator

August 15th, 2012

We’ve launched a new gear ratio calculator.   Enter in your tire size, final drive ratio, redline and the ratios for each of your gears and we’ll do the rest, outputting a table showing how fast you can go at a given RPM in each gear.   You can then change the tire size and ratios to see how your car would perform with the changes.    This calculator makes it easy to see when your shifting and what changes you can make to eliminate a shift in the 1/4 mile,  increase your top speed or change your power band. Read More

2012 McLaren MP4-12C Pricing Announced

January 20th, 2011

McLaren Automotive today announced the US manufacturer suggested retail pricing (MSRP) for the McLaren MP4-12C starting at $229,000 with an anticipated on-sale date of late summer 2011. The MP4-12C will arrive on the North American sports car scene as the only carbon-fiber based vehicle in its market-price segment. Powered by a highly efficient yet powerful 3.8 liter 592 hp powerplant with a dry weight of less than 2,900 lbs., the MP4-12C could prove to be a benchmark setting super car making waves between the more expensive Lamborghinis and Ferraris. The 12C will be the first in a range of high-performance Read More

DragTimes.com starts accepting 60-130 MPH times

July 18th, 2010

As modern day vehicles from both the factory and from the tuner world become more powerful, quicker and faster, a new benchmark for performance has been catching on to quantify just how fast these cars are, 60-130 times. A device made by Racelogic, called the Performance Box (VBOX) uses GPS and accelerometer data to record just about any performance metric you want to setup. The PerformanceBox logs your speed, position, G-forces, and distance to its memory card ten times every second for detailed analysis in the included software.  The Performance Box (VBOX) can be purchased online from around $450-$500 for the Read More

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