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BangShift Project Files: A Land Speed Racing Pontiac Firebird That Intends To Take On Several Records


BangShift Project Files: A Land Speed Racing Pontiac Firebird That Intends To Take On Several Records

Are we fans of land speed racing around here? Hmm…that is a resounding yes. We love Bonneville, Maxton, Wilmington, El Mirage. Lohnes has his hands in the East Coast Timing Association, and earlier this year I got my first taste of foot-to-the-floor fun. But, when it comes to Bonneville specifically, we haven’t had much luck in the last couple of years. That doesn’t mean that people aren’t preparing for the next round on the salt. Taking a look through the BangShift forums reveals plenty of people who keep building towards the goal of taking another shot at a record.

“Revolutionary1” has been wrenching on this 1996 Firebird ever since it showed up as a 3.8L powered beater that had an engine on the way out. After a fun round at Maxton with a fogger kit on the six, the car car was built up with a 383 LT-1. What should have been a promising LSR car ended up being a pain in the ass, with tuning issues, cooling issues, and performance that didn’t live up to expectations, so down it went again to be prepared for a 555ci big-block V8 yanked from a Drag Week competition Nova. And when we say “went down”, this was a bit more than a simple teardown and rebuild…

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See what we mean? With twin turbos getting strapped to the big motor, this Firebird is shaping up to be one bad son of a bitch. He’s looking to attack records in AA/BFALT, AA/BGALT, AA/BFCC, and AA/BGCC and is expecting to clip north of 290 miles an hour. If flat-out fast is your thing, do yourself a favor and check in on this Firebird…you will be glad you did.

BangShift Project Files: The Breaking Wind LSR Firebird

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4 thoughts on “BangShift Project Files: A Land Speed Racing Pontiac Firebird That Intends To Take On Several Records

  1. Steven

    I know this car! The fabrication is even prettier than pictures show. You can also follow the build on Facebook.

  2. revolutionary1

    As a side note, since this project is taking so long, I took my 50cc sidecar “tripod of death” to Wilmington this summer had a great on track interview with Brian…

    What fun!

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