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
A few miles later, and its time for the second stop on our cruise: a carpet warehouse car park. It's clear from the assembled hordes of mildly tuned Subaru Imprezas, Vauxhall Novas and Renault Clios that we're entering local-held turf. As the drag cars roll to a halt, someone plays the stereo of their Subaru loudly in a show of teenage bravado. And then it falls ever so quiet. The locals know that while they might not be outnumbered, tonight they are most definitely outgunned.
But, despite their bulging muscle, those powerful engines could now prove the drag racers' weakness. The drivers must turn their cars off and let them sit for several minutes, before performing what rule-master Matt describes as a "hot start". It may not sound much of a big deal, but these finely tuned engines can be utter pigs to restart once they've been switched off and left to sit and soak up the heat accumulated in the engine bay.