1987 Buick Grand National vs. 2003 Ford Mustang Cobra @ Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, GA
20:24 23 March 2012, Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, GA 9th and final run: I could get no traction. Tires spun off the line and I did not even launch hard. I let up, went back in it a little and they spun again. They spun even under light acceleration. I thought the tires were shot, but it could also be the accumulation of tread and fluids dripped on the track throughout the evening. Time to call it a night. Car & driver: 3940 lbs Tires: BFGoodrich 225 60-15 street radials Boost: 19 psi Timeslip: Right Lane (me: 87 GN): R/T: 0.227 60': 3.675 330: 9.584 1/8: 14.535 @ 58.22 1000: 18576 1/4: 22.657 @ 51.80 Left Lane (Mustang Cobra): R/T: -0.023 (redlight) 60': 1.646 330: 5.264 1/8: 9.403 @ 58.09 1000: 13.276 1/4: 16.881 @ 60.28 1st: 6.0267
Buick Grand National drag Racing Racelegal.com 1-6-2012
Friday night racelegal drag racing check out these buick grand national on the 1/8 mile drag strip driven by donnie wang. In 1986, a modified engine design with intercooling Boosted the performance even further; in 1987 it reached 245 hp (183 kW) and 355 lb·ft (481 N·m) of torque. Buick dropped the T-Type package for Regal in 1987. There were only 7,896 turbo Regals produced in 1986. In 1987, when turbo Regals reached their peak in popularity, a total of 27,590 turbo Regals were produced through December, with those models produced between September and December of that year window stickered as "1987½ Buick Grand National" vehicles. In 1987, a lightweight WE4 (turbo T) option was offered. Only 1,547 of this variant were produced. They were painted black and treated to the same blackout package as the Grand National, including bumpers, grille, headlight and taillight trim. The differences between a WE4 and the Grand National were the interior trim package, wheels, exterior badging, aluminum bumper supports, and aluminum rear brake drums as opposed to the Grand National's cast iron. The rear spoiler was only available as a dealer installed option. 1987 was the only year that the LC2 turbo option was available on any Regal, making it possible to even see a Limited with a vinyl landau roof and a power bulge turbo hood. turbo Regal Limiteds were one of the rarest models of turbo Regals produced second only to the GNX at 1,035 turbo Limiteds. turbo Regal Limiteds could be ordered with many options with most having chrome external trim but for $35 could have been built with the full black-out trim option making them extremely rare. Limiteds were treated to a very luxurious interior with plush carpeting and optional bench pillow seats and a column shift. The 1987 model would be the end of the manufacture of the RWD "G-Body" Regal, but GM had to extend the build of the Grand National to meet customer demand. For the final year, 1987, Buick introduced the GNX at $29,900. Produced by McLaren Performance Technologies/ASC, Buick underrated the GNX at 276 hp (206 kW) and a very substantial 360 lb·ft (488 N·m) of torque. This was created to be the "Grand National to end all Grand Nationals." Changes made included a special Garrett T-3 turbocharger with a ceramic-impeller blowing through a more efficient and significantly larger capacity Intercooler with a "CERMATEL (Ceramic/Aluminum) coated" pipe connecting the Intercooler to the engine. A GNX specific EEPROM, low-restriction Exhaust with dual mufflers, reprogrammed turbo Hydramatic 200-4R transmission with a custom torque converter and transmission cooler, and unique differential cover/panhard bar included more of the performance modifications. Exterior styling changes include vents located on each front fender, 16 inch black mesh style wheels with VR-speed rated tires, and deletion of the hood and fender emblems. The interior changes of the GNX included a serial number on the dash plaque and a revised instrument cluster providing analog Stewart-Warner gauges, including an analog turbo Boost gauge. Performance was measured with a quarter mile time of 13.5 seconds at 102 mph (164 km/h) and a 0-60 mph (97 km/h) time of 4.7 seconds.  GNX #001 is the 1986 prototype currently owned by Buick and sometimes makes appearances at car shows around the US. The GNX had a ladder bar that ran from the mid-section of the car to the rear axle, so as to increase traction. This is also the reason why a GNX will actually lift the rear end up when the car is about to launch heavily.