HYTECH EVO IN THE EIGHTS
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.