Regal Autosport Twin-engined Nova
A regular sight at Santa Pod a few years back, Regal’s mental Nova was powered by a brace of C20LET turbo lumps. With a combined power of around 700bhp, when it went, it was incredibly quick. Unfortunately, it spent a lot of time spitting drive shafts and never really delivered the performance it promised. But it’s still one the craziest Novas ever built.
Andy Speck’s 600bhp Tigra
Vauxhall’s cute little coupé is for girls, right? Not if it’s got a 600bhp Calibra Turbo lump in it. Specky’s drag monster has been ripping up the quarter-mile strip for years and has posted a best time of 9.9sec. It’s just had a load of work done by Forge Motorsport and was all set for a record-breaking time at the PV Show, until the engine let go. But fear not, it’s already being rebuilt…
Klasen Motors Opel Speedster
The most insane Speedster (VX220) around, this 2ltr turbo-powered drag car has over 600bhp going to its rear wheels. Mapped by Courtenay Sport in the UK, it’s done the quarter mile in a blistering 9.72 @ 150mph. This bright yellow beast also pops wheelies and is without doubt the most extreme VX220 in the world.
Simon ‘Chip’ Collins’ Rear-Engined Nova
This Nova might not look pretty, but when it comes to performance, it has got plenty to shout about. Originally featuring a 2ltr Vauxhall XE engine, and more recently a Saab 2.3ltr engine, both with a massive turbo strapped to them, this Nova not only has the best part of 500bhp running over 30psi of boost, but the engine is in the boot and powers the rear wheels.
Andy Frost’s Red Victor 2
When it comes to big-power mentalism, no one can touch Andy Frost’s Red Victor 2. With a reputed 2,200bhp created by a 572 CI Chevy lump, and a pair of 88mm Holset turbos, it’s the fastest drag car on pump fuel in the world, with a pass of 7.67mph @ 190.4mph. And as if this wasn’t enough, the even more powerful Red Victor 3, sponsored by VXR Racing, is currently being tested. Jeebers.
Bo Neilsen’s Astra VXR
This 333bhp Astra VXR may not be the most powerful car on our list, but it’s the way it delivers that power that makes it special. Built to compete in Time Attack, it has been carfully honed to make it one of the best front-drivers around. From the AST race suspension, to the serious Forge rear diffuser, this car has proved that you don’t always need a huge amount of power to be extremely quick on track.
David Harrison’s 1000bhp Monaro
This mighty larger-than-life Aussie monster LS1 V8 has been treated to a pair of GT37 turbos and power is now over 1000bhp, with true 200mph potential. Aside from bonnet vents, lowered ride height and AP Racing brakes peeping out from behind the 19in wheels, you’d never guess it had Veyron-matching power.