A wild new dragster will make its first appearance at Perth Motorplex this Saturday for Nitro Night – and with plenty of nitro horsepower it is sure to excite!
Mark Sheehan is ready to rumble in the ‘Black Widow’, a rare front engine nitro dragster capable of five second times with nitro flames to boot.
Sheehan tested the car for the first time today (Wednesday), and was already on the pace with a safe 6.15/223mph pass to check everything out in readiness for his match race against Michael Brooks in ‘Nitro Mayhem’. When the pair line up, it will be the first time two nitro front engine dragsters have gone head to head in WA in the modern era.
The quickest nitro front engine dragster pass in Australia is a 5.96, so Sheehan will no doubt have that mark in his sights for Saturday. Front engine dragsters run a slightly different engine combination to rear engine Top Fuel dragsters as well as smaller rear tyres.
Front engine dragsters are something of a throwback to the early years of drag racing, where they were once the most common layout. Safety concerns prompted drivers to change to rear engine cars, which also proved better performance wise too. But the front engine configuration has remained active in nostalgia racing, where safety advances have ensured drivers can enjoy the thrill without worrying about their legs sitting over the rear axle!
Sheehan will be plenty busy come Saturday night, also racing his ‘big show’ Top Fuel dragster against Anthony Begley, where the two will be chasing mid four second runs at well over 500kmh! With 10,000 horsepower at their disposal, it will be a show not to be missed.
As well as four nitro dragsters, the Nitro Night event will also feature the Direct Mining and Industrial Summer Slam, Nitro Bikes and a big APSA Outlaw Radial field.
Don’t miss all the action Saturday – the feature program begins from 5.30pm!