5.40-Seconds: El General Resets 1/4-Mile Doorslammer World Record


The El General/Q80 Racing team made history today during the PDRA Southern Extreme Nationals at the South Georgia Motorsports Park, recording the all-time quickest 1/4-mile pass by a full-bodied doorslammer with a stunning 5.403 at an off-the-throttle 259 mph.

The Jose Gonzalez-owned Jerry Bickel Race Cars-built C7 Corvette, with a twin-turbo, Pro Line Racing Hemi between the fenders controlled by a FuelTech FT500, was on mission on the solo lap to the 1,320-foot mark, carding a .965-second short time and a stellar 3.62 at 219 mph to half track. For a frame of reference, EKanoo Racing’s Lexus RCF, which held the world record for about two weeks, went 273.86 mph on its 5.44-second run — more than 14 mph faster than today’s run.

The early numbers (and past performances) certainly point to the ability to go 5.20’s, and today’s run all but cements that as a distinct possibility on the right track and the right day.

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Andrew has been involved in motorsports from a very young age. Over the years, he has photographed several major auto racing events, sports, news journalism, portraiture, and everything in between. After working with the Power Automedia staff for some time on a freelance basis, Andrew joined the team in 2010.
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