The buffet of horsepower that’s on the menu at the Haltech World Cup Finals: Import vs Domestic Presented by Wiseco (WCF) is truly amazing. You never know what will make a pass at the WCF, and chances are, you’ll see some car that’s just so different from the rest. We scoured the pits at Maryland International Raceway during the 2022 edition of the WCF and found five cool vehicles to share with you.
Christine Dodworth’s 2013 Nissan GTR
Christine Dodworth has made a name for herself as one tough racer behind the wheel of her Nissan GTR. Her GTR makes around 2,500 all-wheel-drive horsepower, thanks to the T1 Race Development-built 4.3-liter engine. Dodworth’s car still uses a GR6 transmission to send all of that horsepower to each of the Nissan’s tires. This car is an absolute animal, winning at TX2Knand running a best of 7.07 at 208 mph, all while weighing 3,400 pounds.
“The car still has power steering and I could drive it on the street if we added headlights, so it’s a fun ride. I’m pretty competitive and just like going for it. I will stay in it to win when I can. The racing community is another reason I like racing…there are so many great people here, and it makes racing fun,” Dodworth says.
Jason Unch’s 1991 Chevy Truck
Jason Unch’s OBS Chevy truck has been a 20-year-long project that’s led to what you see now. A 427 cubic-inch LS engine works with a 104mm Bullseye turbo to generate a whole lot of horsepower. How much horsepower? Well, enough to send the big red machine through the 1/4-mile in 6.84 seconds at 201 mph.
“A friend of mine talked me into putting a turbo LS combo in the truck and that’s what started the project down this path. Every year I just wanted to go faster and faster until we got to this point. I kept the truck this long because I’ve always liked it, and it’s something you normally don’t see at the track. We spent a lot of time making sure everything has been done right,” Unch explains.
Juan Nieves’ 1980 Mazda GLC
At first glance, you might mistake Juan Nieves’ car for a Chevette, but it’s actually a Mazda…a very quick and fast one to be exact. The Mazda GLC is powered by a 1.3-liter two-rotor that receives boosted air from a 91mm Garrett turbo. Nieves stays busy inside the Mazda each pass as he rips on the Liberty five-speed transmission while the rotary engine screams to 10,800 rpm. This 90-inch wheelbase micro machine has been 7.32 at over 192 mph.
“I had another GLC, but it was a street car on nitrous that went 10.40s. I crashed that car and decided I want to build something really badass, so that’s how this project started. It was a nitrous car to start with and went 9.80s with a 300 shot. When I saw how fast turbo cars were going, I made the switch. We travel to a lot of tracks and it’s fun racing with the import community,” Nieves states.
Ned Dunphy’s 2014 Dodge Viper
It doesn’t matter what event you’re at, a Dodge Viper is always going to grab people’s attention. Ned Dunphy’s 2014 Viper TA takes it up a notch, since it’s only 1 of 33 that were sold in this vibrant orange color. The Steve Morris Racing Engines-built V10 uses a stock block and is backed by a TH400 transmission from M&M Transmission. A pair of 94mm Precision turbos provide the boost for Dunphy’s 3,700-pound ride. Oh, and the IRS-equipped Viper is still driven to work by Dunphy, and it makes coffee runs on the weekends.
“I built this car because I wanted to do something different. You don’t see many Vipers at the dragstrip, let alone one that’s bright orange. The car wasn’t designed for what we’re doing with it because of the short wheelbase, so that makes things interesting. We use the bullhorn exhaust, along with some laser sensors, to help keep the nose down. It took a while to get the suspension sorted out along with where we needed to put the turbos and other parts to balance the car,” Dunphy says.
Shawn Finn’s 1969 Corvette
Shawn Finn’s 1969 Corvette is the perfect representation of the phrase “built not bought.” Finn has owned the Corvette since he was 15 years old, and has been working on the car himself the entire time. Currently, the Corvette is powered by a 553 cubic inch engine that’s based around a DRCE2 block from NHRA Pro Stock legend Frank Iaconio, and is topped off with heads from Pro Stock racer John Gaydosh. This potent all-motor combo has lit the boards with a 7.50-second elapsed time at 178 mp.
“We do everything we can in-house. I built the chassis myself with help from George Farkouh at Farkouh Super Cars. The only thing we don’t do is the machine work on the engine, but we assemble everything ourselves. When you’re young and don’t have any money, you have to learn to do it yourself. As I’ve gotten older it’s been a pride thing, to keep doing as much as I can myself with the car,” Finn explains.