TThat MPW Dyno Cell was back in full swing. Street Machine Summer Nets 35, Bara vs LS battle for the top spot and plenty of variety in the entrants to take the honors in Haltech Horsepower Heroes.
Cody Hunt’s 2009 VE Clubsport wagon finished as the star of the show, throwing down a peak 1643hp during Sunday’s finale to win both the overall Haltech Horsepower Heroes top gong and the Eight-Cylinder Forced Induction award.
The VE was built by ASG Motorsports and features a 427-cube Dart LS, a pair of Precision 88mm turbos and a full Haltech Nexus engine management and switch to methanol juice in full kill mode. The car has previously achieved over 2000rwhp, but with air quality issues the 1643hp it put out during the final was the most of the weekend.
Cody’s VE outperformed local Canberra man Andrew Copley and his 2010 FVP F6, with the Turbo Barra combo peaking at 1438hp. It has a fully refurbished Atomic Barra Precision 83/86 Turbo and Barra Haltec Elite Pro plug-in ECU.
Andrew says the turbo boosted very well at this power level, but it was more than enough to take second overall and first in the six-cylinder forced-induction class.
Taking second place in class was Andrew Hawkins’ R32 GT-R, which produced 1095hp from CRD’s built twin-cam RB30.
Winning the eight-cylinder aspirated class was Mark Biffin’s 1969 HK Holden Premier, which cranked out a whopping 627hp from a 423ci carby small-block Chevy. It was the Queenslander’s first time at the ‘Nats, and he was excited to go out with the top spot.
The six-cylinder aspirated class was fielded by Canberra native Tony Spasonowski and his 1976 Chrysler Centaura. The Mopar is running a 245 Hemi six to 320 cubes and uses a standard block, head, Faraon Engines roller cam and triple Weber 50mm carbs.
In anger the Hemi put out a whopping 442hp, winning ahead of Zane Heath’s 4.2-litre Bara EF Fairmont which reached 370rwhp in the final.
Although there was no four-cylinder or rotary class this year, that didn’t stop a little four-cylinder Datsun from breaking the record and taking home two trophies.
Michael Silk’s Datsun 1200 wagon is a regular on the Queensland drag racing scene, and at Smyrnats the little 2.0-litre Nissan SR20VE-powered machine had its eyes fixed on the dyno.
Until this weekend we had never seen a four-cylinder hit four digits on the Summer Nets dyno, so Michael wanted to be the first. On Friday’s first qualifying run he absolutely stunned the capacity crowd with a sensational pull at 1056hp!
Not only was the power figure really big for the factory crank and block, but thanks to the Nissan Neo VVL head and G42 1450 turbo, the little Datsun made that power at 49psi at 10,350rpm.
Michael returned in Sunday’s final to back up those results, ranking high with his PBs of 1077hp, 10,500rpm and 50psi. Those last two figures earned Michael the Rev Monster and Boost Demon awards for the highest RPM and seen on the dyno over the weekend.
Full Results – Haltec Horsepower Hero Summer Nets 35 2022
Cody Hunt, 2009 HSV VE Clubsport Wagon – 1643hp
Eight cylinder forced induction
1st Cody Hunt, 2009 HSV VE Clubsport Wagon – 1643hp
2nd Ryan Schloss, HSV VY Senator – 816hp
Six cylinder forced induction
1st Andrew Copley, 2010 FPV F6 FG – 1438hp
2nd Andrew Hawkins, Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R – 1095hp
Eight cylinder aspirated
1st Mark Baffin, 1969 HK Premier – 627hp
2nd Richard, Holden Commodore VF SS – 464hp
Six cylinder Aspirated
1st Tony Spasonowski, 1976 Chrysler Centaura – 442 hp
2nd Zane Heath, 1995 Ford Fairmont EF – 370hp
Michael Silk, Datsun 1200 Wagon – 10,500rpm
Michael Silk, Datsun 1200 Wagon – 50psi