After setting what many argue as the all-time world record elapsed time for a street legal, street-driven vehicle last season in his killer twin-turbo Red Victor 3 Vauxhall, our good buddy, Englishman Andy Frost, set out over the British winter to improve his racing program to take the benchmark even lower in 2013. The fruits of all he and his teams’ labor came to fruition in their very first outing of the season at the FIA Main Event at the famous Santa Pod Raceway in England this past weekend, as Frost sailed to a new personal best and world world pass of 6.50 seconds at 226.91 mph.
As part of the off season changes, Frost and company switched over to a new aluminum engine block in the 539 cubic inch, big block mill, but kept the internal rotating assembly virtually the same. The primary difference in the new combo is a new Steve Morris/Bullet 55mm camshaft and .937″ “dog bone” Jesel lifters. Engine builder Marc Lamude spent in the neighborhood of 350 hours putting the new engine package together. Frost also switched over to new set of Precision Turbo Gen 2 91mm turbochargers, paired with Turbosmart wastegates and blowoff valves, as we reported to you in a news story over the winter. Some work was also done to finesse the Neal Chance Racing Converter used in the car.
While horsepower and efficiency were certainly of importance to Frost, he’d hoped the changes would net a weight savings as well to get the relatively heavy car down a few pounds, but he relayed to us that, in the end, the car only tipped the scales 60 pounds lighter than last year, at 2,965.
Frost opened his weekend at Santa Pod with a stout 6.63 at 212 mph in the very first full run of the season and the first on the new engine combination, then followed it up with a 6.64 at a much faster 226 mph. As the final qualifying session rolled around, Frost had been bumped down to ninth in the Pro Modified field and risked being a spectator on race day, but his team, which includes tuner Shane Tecklenburg, rose to the occasion and saved their best run for last, blasting to the aforementioned 6.50 lap to better the previous street legal record and put themselves in the qualified field in the No. 7 spot. On Monday, Frosty advanced to the second round on a break single, but blew the tires off the Red Victor 3 right at the hit in round two against eventual Pro Modified winner Micke Gullqvist.
In an update posted by the team on their official Facebook page on Monday, a voltage issue caused the car to leave at a higher-than-intended RPM, leading it to spin the tires and cause, what they believed at the time, some damage to the Lenco transmission. Upon further inspection, however, it was determined that no damage had been done. Nonetheless, the team hopes to get the bottom of the problem before their next outing.
Eliminations woes aside, Frost and the Red Victor 3 pushed their own record lower by nearly a tenth of a second on the maiden voyage.
Said Frost, “we’ve got plenty left in this combo…we just got started on it!”