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Serv­ing its pur­pose as Hytech En­gines owner Dick Richard­son’s drag test-dummy for the past seven years, the Hytech Evo I has dropped from the 10-sec­ond bracket to be­ing a sin­gle-digit hit­ter. When we looked at the car back in NZPC Is­sue No. 254, it had set a best ET of 9.3 and a best speed of 153mph (246kph). That has since been bet­tered to 9.06 at 158mph (254kph), sit­ting Dick right on the cusp of that eight-sec­ond bracket. Back then, the car had eight-sec­ond passes writ­ten all over it, and Dick told us that he wouldn’t stop un­til he got there.

He’s a man of his word, not only break­ing the bar­rier but launch­ing him­self deep into the eights with an 8.78 at 162mph (261kph) at Mere­mere Drag­way. That came af­ter hav­ing run an 8.8 straight off the trailer dur­ing test­ing the day be­fore.

“We changed a lit­tle bit in the bot­tom end, dis­cov­er­ing that the crank was cracked in three places, so we re­placed it with a new Nitto crank and went to al­loy rods. We also found on the dyno that the blow-off valve was se­verely leak­ing, so that was re­placed with a new Tur­bosmart unit, cur­ing a lot of is­sues and al­low­ing us to run a con­sis­tent 50psi of boost in­stead of it be­ing all over the place.” says Dick.

“The de­cid­ing fac­tor for mak­ing the eight hap­pen was the elec­tronic shift mod­ule in the trans. I was for­ever miss­ing shift points; they come up so quick, and it can be hard to nail them, hit­ting rev lim­its, shift­ing at the wrong point, and what have you — it all slows you down. This al­lows you to pro­gramme shifts for cer­tain rpm, so you set and for­get, stand on the gas, and it does it for you.”

Dick reck­ons that there’s more left in the cur­rent set-up too. He called it a day af­ter the 8.78 due to a nasty-sound­ing noise com­ing from the rear end, but hopes to get down into the low eights.

“I’d like to think I could beat An­dre Si­mon’s ‘DOCILE’ time [8.23 sec­onds at 179mph (288kph)], but I’m happy with the time I’ve got now, and will be look­ing to sell the car at the end of the sea­son,” he said.

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