This left us to try one of the oldest tricks in the dragstrip book-reduce weight. Right away we went into the trunk and removed the spare tire and jack. This brought our race weight down to 3,480 pounds from the previous 3,530 pounds. We crossed our fingers and pulled up to the line. After the holeshot, the scoreboard lit up a 2.18 60-foot with some light tire hazing. Looking at the lights as we crossed the stripe, we observed the magical 14. Yes, you can believe we were stoked! Halfway back on the return road, we read the whole score-a 14.98 at 90.65 mph.
ConclusionWe were pleased to run 14s by adding SLP's bolt-ons and Performance Distributors' ignition parts to a naturally aspirated V-6. I remember bone-stock GTOs and T/As running similar e.t.'s back in the '70s. Today's technology enabled us to get yesteryear's V-8 performance and four-cylinder-like gas mileage. We now have an inexpensive (less than $10,000 with bolt-ons) four-door sedan that can run with or beat the new and more expensive (less than $30,000) sedans.
Fuel Mileage Results180-mile test loop, three passengers, 70 degrees, A/C on