These 1/8th mile races are all about instant power and grip. Naturally, you see a lot of big-tire nitrous setups on the show.
One of the many things that sets the Elco apart from the others is the all-business zoomie-style headers sticking out of each side of the car. The Elco is not a whole lot to look at, and Kamikaze likes to keep it that way so they don’t see him coming. But, underneath the hood is indeed all business, including a 500 cubic inch big-block Chevy engine with Wiseco, Crower, and PC parts, as well as a six-stage nitrous system. All of it is controlled by a Haltech ECU.
The Reaper (James Goad) didn’t have his car at the show, but we got to check out its heart and soul. That is a 765 cubic inch (um, that's 12.5 liters!) engine, and it's supercharged on top it! Car owner, James Goad, is standing in the background. Reports have it that just a couple of months ago this poor guy had to go through the pain of having his pride and joy–a 1955 Chevy Bel Air, valued at over $175k–stolen from him. Fortunately, it was spotted two days later and returned to him.
The engine is boosted with a ProCharger F-3R-136 blower, which has a maximum power rating of over 3,000 hp! While part of me wishes these guys would race a full quarter mile, after seeing how bad some of these wrecks have been it totally makes sense not to. Several of these cars are hitting well over 160 MPH at the eighth on the curb streets and some of the Street Outlaws Pro Mods have even hit 200 MPH on the track- at the eighth!
Stainless Works headers are seen on both sides of the motor, and the engine’s internals are comprised of JE Pistons, Total Seal rings, GRP aluminum rods, Howard cams, and Manley valves. The engine is controlled with a Holley Dominator EFI.