Radial racing has traditionally been dominated by V8-powered domestic cars, however, with import racers making huge strides in performance some have dipped their toes into the small-tire arena. The Nissan 240 owned by Duy Bui and maintained by ProSpeed Autosports known as “White Rice” is one of the cars that’s jumped into radial racing, and the recent revisions to the car are showing serious potential.
ProSpeed has brought White Rice to several radial events to run in X275, but the 2JZ-powered missile just barely missed the cut to compete on raceday. After the Sweet 16 this year, ProSpeed worked with Eric LaFerriere to get the White Rice’s chassis upgraded and sorted out so it would be more competitive in radial racing.
The car is powered by a 3.2-liter 2JZ with a billet block that was assembled by Arrow Machine. HeadGames Motorworks built the engine’s cylinder head, and GSC has worked with ProSpeed to develop the R2 camshaft specifically for high-horsepower 2JZ applications. The MoTeC M1 Pro Drag package that controls the engine is built and programmed by ProSpeed. A 175-horse shot of nitrous helps get the 88mm Precision turbo spooled up, and there’s another 250 shot of nitrous on tap if the team needs it.
Eric Laferriere got to shake White Rice down at the Home Run Derby in Maryland in November after all of the changes were made to the car. White Rice previously held the radial-tire import record after running deep in the 6.60s in the 1/4-mile before other teams wrestled it away. Well, the changes that White Rice went through paid off as the team reclaimed the record with an impressive 6.39-second pass at 226 mph on a set of Mickey Thompson 275 radial tires. Check out this footage from That Racing Channel that shows all the teams’ Home Run Derby passes and provides more details about the car’s transformation.