Video: 7-Second Stock Suspension Buick T-Type

Buick has produced some classic and truly iconic cars like the Skylark, the Riviera, and of course, the Grand National. The former two cars were available with stout V8 power from the factory, and it was in the early 80’s that Buick came out with the second generation G-Body cars, including the Buick Grand National and T-Type. Both of these cars were available with a turbocharged V-6 and looked like your grandfathers daily driver, but kicked like a mule. You can see these cars from stock form all the way to full on drag cars, still rolling around the streets and strips of America.

buickThe second generation G-Body made its debut in NASCAR in 1982 and the Grand National was born, and in 1983 the T-Type was introduced to the lineup. These cars came from the factory with a single turbo, turbo headers, a 200-4R 4-speed overdrive transmission, and a 3.42 rear end gear. With these parts, the boosted V-6 was within striking distance in the quarter mile of the Camaro and Corvette.

But Buick never built them like this, as Manny Espino has taken the Buick V-6 to a new level, ripping of a seven-second pass on a stock style suspension.

Manny has been working on his combination for three years now chasing the sevens in his T-Type. The car is powered by a Stage II built motor with all the goodies inside. An 88mm single turbo moves the massive amounts of air to the motor.  The car is fueled by E85 and a set of 235 pound injectors feed all that corn juice into the motor. A Rossler Turbo 400 takes care of all the shifting duties passing the power to a stock suspension out back. All of his hard work has paid off with a 7.99 pass at 175 mph in a 3,305 pound car.

The car will be seeing action this year in the Turbo Street Outlaw class at Buick events. 

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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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