REDLINE VR-4 MAKES A COME­BACK

NZ Performance Car - - Inside Line -

It’s been five years since the Redline VR-4 hit the strip, when it pre­vi­ously ran a best time of 9.51 at 240kph. The car was then de­tuned to around 400kW and set up for hill-climb events, and it was quite com­pet­i­tive un­til owner and driver Adam Wil­son de­cided to con­vert it back to drag-rac­ing du­ties. The en­tire car has been re­vamped apart from the gear­box, and the en­gine now pushes out 740kW (992hp) at the wheels. The Redline team de­buted the VR-4 at the 2015 V 4&Ro­tary Na­tion­als, which it treated as a testing day.

Af­ter rolling off the line to en­sure noth­ing would break, Adam man­aged a very easy 12-sec­ond pass. But he wasn’t so lucky on the sec­ond run, as he launched the VR-4 much harder that time around, and while the trans­fer case sur­vived the launch, it didn’t sur­vive be­ing changed into sec­ond gear, and the en­tire unit was de­stroyed. The team re­placed the trans­fer case on the day, but a mis­fire on the third run ended the day’s rac­ing. The Redline team has sent the trans­fer case off to a com­pany in the USA which will beef it up, to guar­an­tee the strength re­quired to cope with 1.2-sec­ond 60-foot times.

The Redline team is con­fi­dent the VR-4 will run in the 8.6- to 8.7-sec­ond range once the new trans­fer case has been in­stalled, and the set-up is di­alled in.

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