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Enthusiasts Turbo Explosion! This 1967 Chevy Nova Is Gonna Have a Tough Road Ahead

21:40  14 september  2021
21:40  14 september  2021 Source:   hotrod.com

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Wow, that car is fast! We just watched David Armentrout rip off a mid-7-second quarter-mile run with nearly 200 mph in the traps in his 1967 Nova during Day 1 of HOT ROD Drag Week 2021. You'd think he'd own the Unlimited class with that kind of e.t. and speed. Then you realize the next two cars are in the 6s, and Joe Barry just ran 7-flat in a slower class. Then you remember that each of these cars have to drive 300 miles after the race, towing all of their gear and crew with no help from anyone. That's what makes Drag Week a brutal trial where anyone can win.

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On Armentrout's next run, we got a top-end smoke show as something let go and oiled down the headers at 189 mph. We carted to the pits to see what was left of the passenger-side turbo laying in a pool of its own frothy oil. With a wave of his hand, co-driver and mechanic Paul Powell explained that he was going to bypass the turbo, pick up a new turbo somewhere on the route, and change the entire thing in the parking lot at the hotel. Epic, sir.

The Nova is a regular at HOT ROD Drag Week, running low-7s with a twin 94mm turbocharged 427-inch LS on 30 pounds of boost. It's a simple combination in front of a TH400 and 9-inch with a 3.70:1 gear. The car itself is steel and normally competes in the Ultimate Iron class until they switched to methanol and were forced into the Unlimited class. The hood, bumpers, and trunk are carbon fiber. The entire car weighs 3,180 pounds. It's light and fast, but unless there are problems with Bryant Goldstone's Javelin and David Schroeder's Corvette on the road, it isn't going to win the class, even with a heroic midnight thrash.

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