We were hanging out over at YellowBullet the other day when we stumbled upon a thread about a kick ass Rolls Royce drag car over in England. Even cooler was when the chassis builder revealed that the car is 100% street legal and the owner wants to run Drag Week (not 2011 we’re guessing, but awesome nonetheless). From what we have read, the car has a real steel Rolls body on it. Actually the body on the car currently is the second one it has worn because it fell off a transporter truck during construction, wrecking the original skin!
The stock 200hp engine was ditched right off the bat for a twin 88mm turbo fed, 588ci big block Chevy engine. Based off of a Dart block, it wears Dart heads, is stuff full of Howards rods, Ross pistons, and a custom ground cam, the specs derived by English engine builder John Sleath. FAST EFI feeds the engine, and an MSD digital 7 triggers the spark.
The transmission is a Jeffco three speed unit wearing a Brunodrive torque converter setup. The chassis is a double frame rail piece built by Fester Race Cars in England. Fester also did the four link and anti-roll bar amongst other construction on the automobile.
The Rolls will run down the road happily on E85, but slurps methanol once on the drag strip. The car has been on the track once, running 8.09 with just 17lbs of boost. Fester, who built the car claims that there’s enough motor to produce 2300hp and run the car deep into the 7s once it is all sorted out. We love the fact that this baby maintains all the factory dimensions and exterior trim. It is a wonderful looking car and looks far heavier than the 3050lb race weight we’ve read about.
The owner of the car has his eyes peeled on running Drag Week. We’ll keep you posted on how that plays out!
Scroll down for video of the car’s first run down the strip!