27 Sep ACM Parts’ drag car project with TAFE Queensland SkillsTech is getting faster and more furious
ACM Parts’ drag car project with TAFE Queensland SkillsTech is getting faster and more furious with the student-led team speeding ahead on performance mods to turn the car into a top-of-the-line drag racer.
Latest developments have seen the team fit a robust performance exhaust system – students removed the rear muffler and tail pipes and mounted dump pipes, creating a freer-flowing system for exhaust gas and an engine not afraid to roar.
The Commodore’s catalytic converters were also given the boot and an over-the-radiator air intake system has been installed, getting more air into the cylinders for an impressive performance gain.
A minor hiccup with a loose harmonic balancer prevented the team from getting to the Willowbank Raceway’s next Race Ya Mate event, although the students took the setback in good stride. The car has since been fixed and tuned – resulting in a huge difference in power output – and a test down at the racetrack showed the drag racer is running a consistent 12.8 quarter-mile time at 112mph.
Next on the SkillsTech team’s to-do list is to fit a performance camshaft and valvetrain package – a huge job that should take them well into October. ACM Parts has also provided two sets of diff gears for the team to play around with – 3.45 and 3.73 – to amp up the car’s acceleration speed, and which should keep the team busy for a good while yet.
Check out some of the photos of the car to see how far it’s come and keep an eye out for more progress updates.