QUICK AND DEADLY

Street Machine - - Urban Warfare -

IT WENT 7.000 ON THE LAST PASS AND I WAS RE­ALLY HAPPY, BUT ALSO DIS­HEART­ENED. I KNOW IT’S GO­ING TO RUN A SIX, AS THE COMBO CAN MAKE A LOT MORE POWER

IBELIEVE Frank March­ese from Dandy En­gines can lay claim to the con­tentious ti­tle of Aus­tralia’s quick­est street car, af­ter the twin-turbo XW Fair­mont he owns with Dandy boss Lou Iu­dica ran 7.000@203mph with a stock chas­sis and stock rear floor­pan on a 275 ra­dial!

When the car was built three years ago, the talk of it run­ning into the sixes seemed in­sane, but with ev­ery meet­ing this 450ci small-block Ford-pow­ered ma­chine gets bet­ter and bet­ter.

“We have had the same tune in the car for three years; it’s just been re­li­a­bil­ity that has let us down,” Frank ex­plained. “But we are very lucky that we have had the sup­port of many busi­nesses and their prod­ucts to keep us go­ing.

“We have bro­ken five blocks in this car, but World Prod­ucts has given us a new one to try that seems to be hold­ing up. Nathan Hig­gins has sup­plied us with bet­ter heads and has a man­i­fold we want to try, and Pre­ci­sion has a new set of 88mm Pro Mods they claim will make 300-400hp more than the Gen 1 tur­bos we are us­ing now.”

Sydney Drag­way was the scene of the 7.000, and Frank got a to­tal of nine hits in, the quick­est of which was the fi­nal pass.

“Un­for­tu­nately my trans was bro­ken, so a friend lent me one with sim­i­lar ra­tios,” said Frank. “We thought the first hit wouldn’t be far off a 6.99, be­cause we went 7.15 with a pedal a cou­ple of weeks be­fore, but the trans was dif­fer­ent in terms of pres­sures, and my tune-ups went out the win­dow.

“Even­tu­ally we went 7.03, but about 1.4 se­conds in, the car wanted to wheel­spin. We di­alled in the sus­pen­sion around that, but then it wanted to carry the wheels for all of sec­ond gear. At 3900lb, it’s crazy to think it’ll do that.

“It went 7.000 on the last pass and I was re­ally happy, but also dis­heart­ened. I know it’s go­ing to run a six, as the combo can make a lot more power; we know that from Bezzina’s en­gine. But on the day you only have from 10 ’til 4 o’clock, and there are a lot of things hap­pen­ing. It doesn’t come easy.”

Frank has the car en­tered for Drag Chal­lenge, and we’d love to see him run his first six at our event. “That would be a dream come true,” he said. “I’ve got my tune-up sorted, and if the track will hold the power, I ain’t gunna be scared to do it.”

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