Murder Nova Tests On 275 Radials, Goes For Leisurely Cruise

Screen Shot 2016-02-04 at 5.51.32 PMLast year, Shawn Ellington bolted a pair of 275 Mickey Thompson radials onto his sinister “Murder Nova” – yes, THAT Murder Nova – and gave Outlaw 275 class racing a shot. Ellington, along with fellow ‘405’ native Justin “Big Chief” Shearer, competed at the Outlaw Street Car Reunion in Memphis, where both cars qualified for the competitive field. While Shearer has moved on to Radial vs the World in his CrowMod Firebird, it looks like Shawn is gearing up to take on the Outlaw 275 world again.

Ellington loaded up the murdered-out Chevy and headed south to Denton Texas’ mecca of traction, Northstar Dragway, where he and the Midwest Street Cars crew spent the day testing. Swapping combinations from the massive steamrollers to diminutive tires on a fully-prepped surface that, as you will see in the video, will pull the shoes right off your feet, requires some pretty drastic changes and a lot of track time. The team starts out launching the car softly to get a feel for the available traction, before ramping up the power and lowering the elapsed times in sizeable chunks.

Then, as if blasting off some 4.50’s at over 170 mph isn’t cool enough, Shawn takes the car for a cruise around the streets on Oklahoma City with the radials. And this doesn’t seem to be a quick jaunt to the corner store. Ellington hits the streets for a while, even meeting a police car headed the opposite direction at one point, before returning to the Midwest Street Cars headquarters to cool down. No big deal … just cruising around in a twin turbocharged, 2,500 horsepower hot rod boasting a Pro Line-assembled big-block Chevy and a couple of big turbos hung on each side.

Check out the extended video for some cool angles of the test session, including in-car and rear-mounted GoPro angles, thanks to the footage from Midwest Street Cars and Drag Race Texas.

 

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Jeremy Patterson

A former bracket racer, Jeremy, known by many as "Taco," stepped out of the seat in 2005 to focus on his growing family. A few years ago, he returned to the sport, this time as a photographer and a journalist.
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