Rowdy Rotary: Andrew Zed Sets Rotary-Powered Radial Speed Record

Racers are always pushing themselves and their machines to achieve a goal, whether that’s winning an event or becoming the first to break a barrier for a vehicle platform. Andrew Zed’s RX3, known as “King Kong,” is an impressive rotary-powered street car that has changed the game. Zed became the first driver to run over 200 MPH with a rotary-powered vehicle on a radial tire recently at Australia’s Sydney Dragway.

The rotary engine is a mysterious beast to many in the high-performance automotive world, since it lacks pistons, but that doesn’t stop the mill from generating some legit horsepower. Edwin Burgos ripped off an insane 6.08 at over 229 MPH previously, behind the wheel of a 20B rotary-powered tube chassis racecar, so these engines are far from tame.

Zed’s King Kong RX3 is a street-driver, a fact some will try to dispute, but he’s driven it all over Sydney since it was finished. King Kong just needs its wing and parachute bolted on to go into full race-mode before Zed turns it up and makes a pass at the track. Zed worked with PAC Performance to build Kong, and there was a lot of planning that went into the build to make it as street-friendly as possible. The fact that Zed can drive such a rotary-powered machine, capable of running in the 6-second zone, speaks volumes about the build.

In this video from Pac Performance, we get to see King Kong show its true strength when it lays down a 7.03 at 201 MPH to claim the title of the first rotary on radials to run over 200 MPH. According to Zed, the car still has plenty left in it and a 6-second pass is on the horizon for the RX3.

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Brian Wagner

Spending his childhood at different race tracks around Ohio with his family’s 1967 Nova, Brian developed a true love for drag racing. When Brian is not writing, you can find him at the track as a crew chief, doing freelance photography, or beating on his nitrous-fed 2000 Trans Am.
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