CMR DOES IT AGAIN
Reg Cook and the Cook Motor Racing (CMR) team have completed a successful 2017 Bonneville campaign, despite the third event being rained out. Beginning at Speed Week, the Streamliner, now powered by a Synergy two-litre V8, set the G/FS record with a 260mph run. The NX Coupe, however, ended its Speed Week early with a broken gearbox.
The next event scheduled, the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association (USFRA) World of Speed, saw the cars shifted to a temporary workshop in Utah. Some of the Kiwis returned home and others stayed to work on the cars. Reg, wasting no time, got to work on the dyno, “in an effort to understand better how to get the best out of our Synergy engines in the different Bonneville conditions”.
The team returned to Utah for the USFRA World of Speed and experienced immense success, with both cars constantly hitting their targets and setting records. The Nissan NX Coupe became the world’s first saloon car to achieve 200mph (322kph), and also set the G/GCC (194mph [312kph]) and G G/ALT (191mph [307kph]) class records.
The Streamliner Wairua ran back in the 200mph range, this time with Reg behind the wheel, resetting the G/GS class record at 261mph (420kph), which is well on the way to the team’s ultimate goal. But, sadly, the weather cut short the 2017 campaign, with the last event, the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) World Finals being rained out. Despite this, the team has achieved an incredible five world records this year, and you can bet they are already well into preparations for the 2018 campaign.