Meet the 2000bhp road-legal dragsters
TG hitches a ride in cars that do 200mph on the strip, then hit the local petrol station to fill up on unleaded
Posted: 27 Feb 2014
But building the fastest car takes time, effort, ingenuity, money and more money. Anywhere from £20,000 to £120,000, if tonight's anecdotes are anything to go by. Certainly the Smith brothers, who bring their Nissan GT-R and Ford Escort Cosworth to the track in a former Honda F1 transporter, have shelled out a few groats over the years.
For Matt Smith, it's money well spent, if only for the thrill he gets from hoofing his monster Nissan down the quarter-mile when the Christmas tree goes green. "When your rear tyres are squirming around trying to put 2,000bhp onto the tarmac, and your front wheels are in the air, believe me, that grabs your attention," he says. "And even when you're almost at the end of the track, the rear tyres can suddenly lose traction at 170mph."