On September 26, 2010 our GMC Syclone affectionately named “Syborg” managed 165+ mph in the standing mile despite the fact we were faced with the daunting task of pushing an over sized brick with a full down force package through hot high altitude desert air.
The Spectre 341 Challenge is in the books and we came away with some mixed feelings after what was an awesome event up until the last 10 minutes of competition when a fellow competitor lost his life after plunging over a cliff.
Team HighPerformanceTrucks.com will be taking their modified GMC Syclone, aka “Syborg”(not to be confused with the GMC Sonoma GT named the Syborg TT) to the inaugural Speed By Spectre 341 Challenge, June 25-26 and mix it up with some of the fastest “street legal” cars on one of the most infamous and challenging mountain roads around. This is an invitation-only timed hill climb road race competition where highly prepared “street legal” cars will race up Nevada Highway 341 to see who will claim the bragging rights as “King of the Hill”.
Reigning champion Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima, and his Suzuki SX4 special won the 87th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in a blistering fast time of 10 minutes, 15 seconds, but a loose track would not allow for a new record, despite Tajima’s SX4 beating his closest rival by over 36 seconds!
Here is a BMW E30 3 Series that has been converted into a pickup truck and competes at drifting events in Hungary. Running a 4.0 BMW V8 with a huge centrifugal supercharger, the Bimmer truck has no problem lighting up the rear tires!
A Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R pickup conversion designed to haul a load while hauling ass all in one!
General Motor’s financial misery is another man’s fortune as evidenced by the liquidation of some of their private automobile collection at the Barrett Jackson auto auction. We were particularly interested in a couple of their Pikes Peak racers.
Kei trucks are ubiquitous in rural Japan and many farmers rely upon these little workhorses for various jobs around the farm. However, some crazy owners have looked beyond their utilitarian purpose and converted them into racers instead.
Traditionally the Dakar Rally has been held in Africa, but because of the cancellation of last year’s race as a result of the threat of terrorist attacks, this year’s competition will run through Argentina and Chile instead. Infused with the same spirit of competition and adventure, drivers will navigate through 14 stages and 5,949 miles of challenging South American terrain.
Motor Trend claims they were able to produce a super quick 4.4 second 0-60 mph time from a 2008 regular cab Toyota Tundra fitted with a factory approved and warrantied Toyota Racing Development supercharger and a handful of other factory approved TRD parts. If the 0-60 time is legit it would be amazing considering the truck weighs over 5000 lbs in two wheel drive trim.