We have showed you hot rodded Corvair engines previously running on the dyno and in hot street cars but this may be the wildest application of GM flat six power we have seen anywhere. Using an older RED chassis, this racer installed a wickedly modified Corvair engine that packs a BIG turbo and amazingly still uses the factory block, crank, and heads. If this thing isn’t proof that light weight and boost can solve all of the world’s problems we’re not quite sure what is. The big paddle tires dig in right off the hit of the throttle and as soon as that engine starts making boost, the front end comes up and one every lap the dragster rides the wheelie bar hard for a good section of the 300ft runs it is making.
At the time this video was posted the owner/driver of the car was wondering out loud if anyone else was running in the two second range with a Corvair power plant. Not being super familiar with the sand drag racing scene we’re kind of wondering the same thing. Is there a faster Corvair powered rail than this one on dirt? If there is, we’d LOVE to see some video of it. Like you, we’d also love to see this car on asphalt with a deeper gear and slicks to see what it could reel off in the eighth or quarter mile strip. We bet it would be scary fast.
The other thing we love about the sand dragsters is the fact that the majority of them are asphalt cars that have been converted over. The car that the driver featured in this video is sitting in looks all the world like an early top fuel car or something that was definitely built in the 71-74 period. Anyone have more history? Because embedding is not allowed on this video, click the image below as the link and you’ll be able to watch it.