Imagine living in a world where a street driven car can be equipped with a 9.8L Whipple blower, vertical injector, incredible water block SMX engine and make 2,600hp to the wheel on an easy tune up. Actually you do not have to imagine it because this is all happening real time. The Porsche of Danny Humphreys known as “Super Shark” is primed and ready to take on the meanest, nastiest, drag and drive machines in the world the old fashioned way. Kind of.
See, the popular approach these days is obviously big turbochargers on a big motor. They are friendly to the street driving portion of drag and drive events, make seemingly unlimited power, and since they are “common” the proverbial math has already been done on making them work. Thank God for guys like Humphreys who want to do things their own way. In this case he has this incredible engine with all the blower on it, EFI, and while making some 2,600hp plus on the dyno it really isn’t starting to work yet. As you will hear Steve Morris talk about, they are still heavy on fuel in the upper RPM range so with more tweaking, tuning, dyno work, and gradually leaning this thing out, 3,000hp at the wheels is not only realistic, it may be under shooting the capability of the combo.
Humphreys was a 10.5 tire racer for years and like so many has been chomped on by the whole mystique of drag and drive. We’re all the better for it.
Hopefully we see this monster on Drag Week this year. Watching the car cruise down the highway with the nutty vertical injector will be a moment cool enough to bring us to gearhead tears. The video is great and really walks through the combo and the tuning approach. 10/10 would recommend.