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Update October 2, 2021

World of Speed 2012 was a long twisted tale riddled with more transaxle problems.  We installed the transaxle in the parking lot of the hotel Sunday, the day before pit setup on the salt. It “dry shifted” through all of the gears fine without the motor running. Monday, during setup on the salt, the first time we backed it out of the trailer, we discovered it was stuck in 6th gear.  We then had to take the entire unit back out of the car to be disassembled. The only way to have a chance of running was to take all the gears and associated parts back to Weismann’s shop in California for re-machining.  I flew to California that night with a very heavy bag of gears and shafts so they could be machined early in the morning.  Roberto Weismann and I then flew back to Salt Lake City with the parts early Tuesday morning.  Roberto then re-assembled the unit in the trailer.  Then the unit was reinstalled in the car on Wednesday and we made a partial test run at the end of the day with a very poorly running motor.  Thursday, after some adjustments, we made a full pass to the 5 mile.  This was our first full pass with the new turbos and motor configuration.  It still needed some tuning, so we did not go as fast as we would have liked to, 364 MPH (short of our goal).  The full pass to the 5 mile, however, did break the transaxle again.  It was now stuck in 4th gear with no neutral. With no time to remove the transaxle from the car, remove 4th gear then put the transaxle back into the car, we tried something a little different.   We pushed the car to a higher than reasonable speed, then started the car.  It lugged down for about a mile, then picked up speed.  It worked ok but wouldn’t give enough speed in the early going to run over 400 MPH. With only a half day left in the event, we had to throw in the towel and pack up.   

Links

World's Fastest Modified Car

Top Time of the Meet at 380 MPH

October 2012 World finals

Official two way average record 364.051 MPH

Driven by Keith Copeland

The link below is to the PC version of the video using  browsers if you do not have VR goggles.  This way of viewing can be a bit buggy depending on your browser.

The race car began as a 1971 Triumph GT-6
The car has been modified per the SCTA rules from the cowl forward and stretched to a 130 inch wheel base. The top has been chopped 5 inches, and the chassis and suspension are all custom fabricated. The engine is a Brodix (Chevy) block and heads, V-8, 360 cu/in. twin turbo charged with ice water intercooling.  Boost is variable up to 40 psi.  HP is about 2800. It is a front wheel drive car.