Building Drag Cars Part 2:
Chris Anderson has been a long-term customer of STM and has slowly been building his Ford Courier Ute from streetcar with a 1UZFE to what is now a methanol breathing monster. Chris has been busy over the off-season this year, however before that, a bit of background on the car will help.
Chris originally wanted to attend the odd drag event and to help make the 1UZFE a bit more exciting, a nitrous kit was employed to give the ute a bit more motivation. A number of years back the call was made that to get a bit more serious a built engine would be the way to go. Before this was to happen though Chris decided we should investigate the limits of the factory internals. Turns out that with a reasonable shot of Nitrous and at about 350kw the standard pistons didn’t like life. No big deal right? Well no, not really as this just kick started the engine build. JE Pistons, Kelford Cams etc were all ordered and the block disappeared into the STM engine building room to be reborn as something a little bit special.
Moving forward another season and the ball was well and truly rolling. With reliable suspension package, diff, wheels etc and a switch to E85 saw the vehicle now punching over 400kw with a shot of nitrous. The car now also looked the part with team livery. There really was no turning back now. Further revisions etc were made to the car and with the it now reliably running in the 10 second bracket you would think it would keep most happy for a while, not Chris. At this point in time the cost and availability of nitrous in the Wellington area was causing issues. There were conversations around how a couple of turbo’s would save money moving forward as they don’t need to be refilled. Even though some of this conversation was a bit of tongue in cheek it actually made sense.
This brings us to the end of the 2013/14 season. Being that Paul from NZ Performance and Chris are somewhat stable mates due to the fact we have been involved in tuning for both cars we put Chris and Paul together and before you knew it the deal was done, NZ Performance were on board to help out. Some more quick calls were made to Mike at Sinco Customs. The conversation went something like this:
“Mike, one of our customers wants a couple of turbo’s on his V8 drag ute. Are you interested in getting involved”
Mike didn’t hesitate to respond with a “hell yeah”
A box containing a pair of GT3582R turbo’s, Tial wastegates and throttle bodies from NZ Performance were on their way to Hamilton. A transporter was organized and from there it was just a matter of waiting patiently for Mike to work his fabrication magic.
Sometime early in November the call to STM came from Chris to say the ute was on it’s way back and it looked amazing!!! The team at STM still had to be patient though. The car required the fuel system and wiring to be completed to suit the addition of the turbo’s, Motec E888 and EGT sensors etc. As soon as the car was completed the vehicle was loaded up and dropped to STM.
Once here the small last jobs were ticked off one by one until we were at a point to get it on the Dyno – This is what we were waiting for!! Now the only real part of the car that was retained from when it first rolled through the doors was the R154 gearbox. This meant it potentially was the weakest link so numbers were needed to be kept low to ensure this was kept all in one piece. We had estimated that we wanted to aim for around the 500kw mark to ensure Chris could get some seat time and the previously mentioned gearbox was given a chance. Chris (our tuner, not the owner of the car which makes things confusing) got it on the Dyno and we were blown away with the results with initial tune getting up to around the 580kw mark. The decision was made to pull the boost down, however from what we saw this engine package has the potential to see an easy 1000+hp when the driveline is up to task.
So from here the only thing to do is to hit a drag strip which will be happening on the 6th and 7th of December. We wish the Anderson Construction team the best of luck chasing down that 9 second pass this season. Also a special mention must be made to Paul from NZ Performance for helping out with pretty much all of the parts that went into this build, Mike from Sinco Customs for his amazing fabrication skills which produced a vehicle that not only looks amazing but also out performed our expectations. Last but not least was Richard from Advance Electrical who has always been there to lend a hand with wiring duties.