FAST cars are the darndest things.

The BTR four-speed auto in Mark Talbots turbo Barra six-powered XD Falcon didnt miss a beat for 1500km of driving and countless passes across five days of drag racing, then it grenaded itself as he reversed it off the trailer once he got it home to Queensland. We didnt know whether to call that good luck or bad luck, but Mark can see the silver lining.

Im going to put a two-speed in it, then Ill put a 76mm turbo on the stock motor and see how long that lasts, he says. Once we break it Ill build a motor for it, and if I can get 1000hp at the tyres Ill be happy.

Currently the motor is a bonestock XR6 Turbo jobbie with a set of injectors, and the auto was likewise standard with the addition of a 3000rpm converter. It ran as quick as 11.65 on Drag Challenge, but Mark battled against the torque settings in the standard Ford computer throughout the event.

We just wanted to come down this year and see what it was like, then do something bigger and better next year, he says. Id seen the event on YouTube and I thought itd be great.

Id rather drive my car than trailer it. 1 s i s 3 1 b i t y d y Y I


Class: Castlemaine Rod Shop DYO


Engine: Ford 4.0L inline six Turbo: Standard Garrett GT35 Transmission: BTR four-speed Converter: 3000rpm Diff: 3.5:1 Power: 365rwhp Previous PB: 11.87@116mph Best Drag Challenge Run: 11.65@121mph


Brian Ward