Posts Tagged ‘drag car’

Feature Car: Jeremy ‘Jet’ Martin’s twin-turbo, 5-second, 4000hp 526ci Holden VB Commodore


10 Oct

Jeremy 'Jet' Martin's 5sec 4000hp Holden VB Commodore

I had the pleasure of photographing Jeremy ‘Jet’ Martin’s insane twin-turbo, 5-second, 4000hp 526ci Holden VB Commodore for the September issue of Street Machine. This car, currently credited as being Australia’s fastest and quickest Commodore and Jet has also shipped the car to the USA to compete in the No Mercy 9 1/8th mile event where he finished in the Top 8 against some of the fastest cars in the world.

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Jeremy 'Jet' Martin's 5sec 4000hp Holden VB Commodore

Jeremy 'Jet' Martin's 5sec 4000hp Holden VB Commodore

Jeremy 'Jet' Martin's 5sec 4000hp Holden VB Commodore

THREE TIME’S A CHARM: Jason Hill’s 600rwhp Turbo LS2-Powered VN Commodore


18 Apr

Jason Hill's Holden VN Commodore '2SKID'

THREE TIME’S A CHARM

We’ve featured Jason Hill’s green VN sedan before, but the turbo LS2-powered beast never looked like this before
Story and by hoskingindustries.com.au

Jason Hill's Holden VN Commodore '2SKID'Long time readers might remember these number plates from long ago – issue 138 to be exact. They belong to Jason Hill and they’re attached to the same 1989 VN sedan that they were attached to back then. However, a lot has changed since then and we thought it was high time that we brought you all a fresh perspective on the Novacastrian’s tyre-destroying ex-cop second-gen’.

Jason has had the car for around eight years and as anyone who’s owned the same car that long, you’d know things tend to evolve over that kind of timeline. When we last saw the car, it was more suited to cruising and burnouts than what Jason has set the car up for these days – which is straight line havoc.

“This is the third rebuild,” Jason says. “I have the best group of mates. They all came together to build this car for the third time.” And most of those mates all came out to help on the photo shoot, too, with about 10 bodies there to hang out, assist, watch and shoot the shit while the VN enjoyed its moment in the sun… we mean, rain.Jason Hill's Holden VN Commodore '2SKID'

The day of our photo shoot fell right in the middle of the storm season the East Coast of NSW experienced in late November, early December 2014. Between the hell fire happening in the skies and the raucous cacophony emanating from the 5in pipe exiting the VN’s front passenger guard, it really felt like Hell was coming to breakfast.

Perhaps it was an apt occasion for the shoot, considering what Jason’s VN has become since issue 138. Today, the car is powered by a 600rwhp turbocharged LS2 from a VZ HSV. But that’s 600hp on a run-in tune. No one is quite sure yet what the engine will make once the boost is ramped up from the 10psi it’s on now.

Inside, it’s pretty stock, save for Lunati cam’, valve springs, pushrods and lifters. All the good stuff is happening on the outside of the engine, with a 105mm throttle shoving vast amounts of air into a single-plane Edelbrock manifold. On the other side is a pair of custom turbo manifolds that connect an 80mm B/W turbo to the mix, with fuel fed from an Aeroflow pump on a strict diet of E85 and a set of ID2200 injectors.

Jason Hill's Holden VN Commodore '2SKID'This is all backed by a US-sourced Powerglide with a 3000rpm stall, mating to a spooled Borg Warner rear end running 4.11:1 gears – however, Jason tells us a sheet metal 9in is on the way. Probably a good thing considering the punishment he intends dishing out to the driveline in the near future (if the parachute didn’t give things away, just a little).

An extensive, colour-matched roll cage weaves through the cabin of the VN, connecting everything together, firming up what is structurally a pretty flimsy monocoque design. Within the cage you’ll find a bare-bones cabin boasting OBX race seats and RCI harnesses, with a neat sheet metal dash wrapped in carbon vinyl, matching the fuel cell out back. The rear seat is gone, both to save weight and to make room for the mini tubs that house the 28×10.5in slicks. Mounted under the dash are all the relocated fuses, relays and the Haltech Platinum Sport 2000 ECU that runs everything.

After some engine trouble (factory oiling issues), Jason and the guys at Bassett Racing had to rebuild the original LS2 and fabricate a custom 10L sump to try and ensure failure wasn’t something that happens twice. As such, no times have been run yet. Needless to say, it’s got the hardware for a nine and we can’t wait to see what it does. The evolution theory in practice!

Owner: Jason Hill
Model: 1989 VN BT1
Bodywork: SV5000 kit, alloy wing, fibreglass bonnet and boot lid
Colour: Custom Dupont green
Block: VZ HSV LS2
Engine Mods: File back piston rings, Lunati camshaft, Lunati pushrods, tie-bar lifters, Lunati dual valve springs, sheet metal rocker covers, custom 10L sump, Meziere oil pump, Aeroflow fuel pump (E85), ID2200 injectors, Edelbrock single-plane intake manifold, Borg Warner 80mm turbo, custom PWR radiator, Aeroflow oil cooler, Haltech Platinum Sport 2000 ECU, engine plates, 66mm Precision wastegate, Turbosmart BOV, braided fuel and oil lines, alloy catch can w/B&M breather, 105mm throttle
Power: 599rwhp (446rwkW) @ 10psi
Exhaust: Custom turbo manifolds, 5in exhaust
Gearbox: Powerglide, 3000rpm stall, trans’ brake
Diff: Narrowed Borg Warner, full-spool, 4.11:1 final drive, 28-spline axles
Brakes: VT twin-piston front brakes, factory rear, Bendix pads
Suspension: 90/10 front shocks, QAX1 rear coil-overs, modified adjustable rear panhard, mini tubs
Wheels/Tyres: 15in Centerline billet rims (3.5in front, 10in rear), 28×10.5in slicks
Interior: OBX front race seats, sheet metal dash w/carbon wrap, black carpets, custom door trims, RCI harnesses, cage, ‘chute handle, B&M Pro Ratchet, deleted rear bench, Drift steering wheel
Stereo: N/A
Build period: 8 years (ongoing)
Cost: “Nearly a house”
Contacts: Bassett Racing, Off Tap Custom Resprays, Neals Glides USA, Mr. Stitches, Mallaby Sheetmetal, “Thank you to the boys, my son Ryder, Zac, Dylan, Jesse, Huber, Damo, Tony and my dad”

Promo Shoot: Team Bray Racing for Gulf Western Oil


21 Feb

I was commissioned to photograph Victor and Ben Bray of Team Bray Racing for Gulf Western Oil‘s latest marketing campaign late in 2016. These are the main shots that the company have been using for their ads and posters.

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Gulf Western Oil - Team Bray Racing - Promo Shots

Gulf Western Oil - Team Bray Racing - Promo Shots

Gulf Western Oil - Team Bray Racing - Promo Shots

Cover Car: Dan Soldatic’s 7sec Mazda R100


07 Nov

Our photo shoot on Dan Soldatic’s insane little 7sec turbo, rotor-powered Mazda R100 made it on to the front cover of the latest issue of Fast Fours magazine, which is on sale now. We shot it in the workshop where much of it was build, LS Autoworks.

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Dan Soldatic's 7sec Mazda R100

Dan Soldatic's 7sec Mazda R100     Dan Soldatic's 7sec Mazda R100

Front Cover: Dan Soldatic Mazda R100 for Fast Fours


18 Oct

Our photo shoot on Dan Soldatic’s monster Mazda R100 drag car made it onto the front cover of the latest issue of Fast Fours and Rotaries, which is on sale now nationwide! We’ll bring you some more pics of it soon.

Fast Fours October 2016

Cover Car: David Hellyer’s 7sec 632ci LX Holden Torana


16 Oct

Our photo shoot on David Hellyer’s 7sec Holden LX Torana drag car was on the front cover of the last issue of Street Machine magazine! It’s as much show car as it is race car, with immense attention to detail surrounding its insane 632ci naturally-aspirated big-block engine. Check out the October issue to read all about it. The shoot marks our second time on the cover of SM!

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David Hellyer's Holden LX Torana

David Hellyer's Holden LX Torana     David Hellyer's Holden LX Torana

Feature Car: Kit Hunter’s VL Calais Drag Car


28 Jun

Our photo shoot on Kit Hunter’s incredible Holden VL Calais drag car is in the latest issue of Street Commodores, issue 253. On sale now. Originally Rob Beauchamp’s Street Machine of the Year winner, the car now breathes fire for a living and Kit is working to get it down the strip in quicker and quicker ETs. It’s current PB is 7.09sec!

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Kit Hunter's Holden VL Calais Drag Car

Kit Hunter's Holden VL Calais Drag Car     Kit Hunter's Holden VL Calais Drag Car

Sneak Peek: Shane’s 7-second Rotary-Powered Datsun Drag Car


01 Jun

A sneak peek at a shoot we did on Shane’s 7sec Datsun drag car for Fast Fours magazine. Be sure to keep an eye out for it on the cover soon!

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Shane's Datsun Drag Car

Cover Car: Michael Ryan’s Ford EB Falcon


15 Sep

Our photo shoot on Michael Ryan’s insane turbocharged 4L six-powered Falcon drag car made the front cover of Slovakian magazine Power. This is the fourth consecutive front cover we’ve enjoyed for this title!

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Power Magazine - 2015

Feature Car: Phil Mizzi’s 1954 Volkswagen Barndoor Single-Cab


03 Jun

We’re stoked to be able to bring you some samples from our photo shoot with Phil Mizzi’s insane 1954 Volkswagen Barndoor Single-Cab drag car, affectionately known as ‘Grover’. Powered by a 2.8L forged Autocraft stroker engine that’s been supercharged with a Harrop HVT2300 blower, this VW boasts more engineering than any Kombi you’re ever likely to see. You can read all about it in the latest issue of VW Magazine Australia (VWMA), which is on Aussie newsstands now. It’ll be coming out soon in the UK in Performance VW magazine.

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Phil Mizzi's 1954 Volkswagen Barndoor Single-Cab

Phil Mizzi's 1954 Volkswagen Barndoor Single-Cab     Phil Mizzi's 1954 Volkswagen Barndoor Single-Cab