Blowing up a turbo isn’t good. It’s really not good at over 200 mph. Running a car at Bonneville Speedway is a lot like putting your engine through a 2 minute dyno pull, which means you have to have some durability to go with your horsepower. Gary Hart has always had the reliability and horsepower going for him thanks to a 515-inch World Products big-block Chevy that utilizes a couple of breathed-on Ford PowerStroke turbos, a Megasquirt EFI, and plenty of home grown ingenuity. What he was missing was oil pressure.
This year, Gary and crew were able to gain 8 mph thanks to some customizing of the impellers on the turbos, and were poised to get Gary into the Bonneville 200 MPH Club, and the trademark red hat, after a 248-mph pass against a 240-mph record. The fact that the car had no oil pressure when it ended that run didn’t stop the Hart Racing crew as they fixed the car and went for a record return the next morning. That’s when things went bad. Watch the video below as Gary loses a turbo doing 235 mph. It ain’t good. They aren’t sure if the turbo went which led to no oil pressure, or the other way around, but one way or the other, Gary and the rest of the Hart Racing team will be back next year for another shot at that elusive red hat.
Here is the safety crew checking on Gary after a smokey ride.
The look says it all. He was smiling 5 seconds later though. Hart Racing will be back for Bonneville 2010.