Drag racing was formally categorised a motorsport in Iceland through the Seventies, however again then it wasn’t the form of drag racing we all know in the present day. As a substitute of going heads-up on a paved quarter mile, the nation’s small however passionate drag racing neighborhood raced on sand. That’s modified now in fact, and within the time since its Icelandic inception the game has seen many generations of native racers come and go.
Guðmundur Þór Jóhannsson‘s quarter-mile journey began in Reykjavík, Iceland with a Honda Civic when he was younger. Entrance-wheel drive pocket rockets have been extraordinarily widespread in Iceland on the time, however the one issues he might initially afford to do to his Honda weren’t going to make it a lot sooner. When the funds finally got here although, Guðmundur had a option to make: Improve the Civic for the road, or strive his hand at motorsport. There have been plenty of routes he might take, together with Method Offroad, rally, rally cross and drag. He ended up selecting the latter, as in line with Guðmundur, drag racing is “extra of an engineer’s sport”, and that suited him greatest.
Guðmundur acquired a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII and raced it for a few years, however with this platform he by no means achieved the 9-second ET purpose he set for himself, drivetrain points being the largest problem to beat. By this time although, Guðmundur had an actual style for straight-line velocity and wished a complete lot extra of it – greater than the AWD Evo might cost-effectively ship. For him, the selection to go rear-wheel drive was a easy one.
In fall 2015, Guðmundur discovered a very good place to begin – a 1996 Nissan Silvia S14 got here up on the market, and there was much more to it than simply its S15 front-end conversion. The unique SR20 engine was gone, however instead was a light-tuned Toyota 1JZ-GTE backed up by a Toyota R154 5-speed and Skyline GT-R differential. Though the S14.5 was arrange for drift obligation, there have been sturdy foundations for a drag construct.
Over the course of 10 months, Guðmundur and his buddies sorted out the entire automobile’s gremlins and readied it for the road. However by this time it was nearly fall once more, so there was one other determination to make: Guðmundur might put his toes up for some time, or use Iceland’s chilly and darkish months to begin going all in.
There’s no guessing which possibility he took.
Throughout fall 2016, the automobile went again below the knife. A 2JZ-GTE was acquired, stripped down, and its forged iron block and aluminium head have been despatched over to Mazworx Manufacturing in Florida, USA for all of the required machining and prep work. When the engine returned, no time was wasted constructing it up into the work of automotive artwork it’s in the present day.
Promotors/Samvélar was liable for a lot of the work under-hood, and also you don’t have to know a lot about engines to understand that this one is packing some severe firepower. The block now options Customized Max Effort 10:1 compression cast pistons, Manley Turbo Tuff I-Beam cast rods and Mazworx billet principal caps. Up high, the cylinder head was CNC-ported by Mazworx earlier than being fitted out with GSC S2 274/274 billet cams and bolted again on the block with ARP CA625+ head studs.
The turbocharger is a big Work Turbo 80/81 unit working a Turbosmart wastegate and a dump pipe that exits straight out of the hood. Different engine bay highlights embody the Professional-Jay consumption manifold, and Nitrous Categorical nitrous oxide equipment, which isn’t used for further top-end energy, however to assist spool up the turbo when the automobile is staged and sitting on the trans-brake.
The bulletproof engine package deal is backed up by driveline of equal measure. Getting the facility to the bottom is an ATFSpeed ‘Stage 5′ TH400 automated transmission, ATFSpeed billet SFI flywheel and transmission adapter, an ATFSpeed GM 10-inch race torque converter, plus a 8.8-inch Ford differential and Driveshaft Store axles.
One of many defining points of Guðmundur‘s S14 is the minimalistic exterior. The full S15 entrance conversion stays – albeit now with the exhaust sprouting from the best entrance fender – however is joined by a Masfab drag wing and Stroud parachute out again.
The wheels are pure drag spec, with slender RC Comp Exiles wrapped up in M&H 26-inch Entrance Runners on the pointy finish and Belak Industries Sequence 2s in a 15×10-inch fitment with Mickey-Thompson ET Drag 28×10.5 slicks out again. For brakes, there’s an IDS drag equipment in play with Wilwood calipers and rotors in any respect corners.
All of this work didn’t occur in a single day, and it was winter 2018 when the automobile was dropped off at True Efficiency the place the complete meeting took an additional three years to finish.
Completely no corners have been reduce with this construct, and no place maybe exhibits that greater than the inside. Right here, True Efficiency constructed a full SFI 25.5-spec roll cage, constructed a brand new ground part and fully custom-wired the automobile. Different cabin options now embody Kirkey 41 Sequence aluminum seats with Sparco 6-point harnesses, a Grant Racing 13-inch steering wheel and M&M shifter, plus an ECUMaster ADU7 digital show.
Early this 12 months, Guðmundur’s S14 lastly hit the dyno. Tuned by way of a Haltech Elite 2500 T engine administration system, the primary run produced simply shy of 1,000whp on ethanol. The second run a few months later noticed that quantity elevated 1,100whp.
Dyno numbers are nice in all, however what Guðmundur actually wished to see was how the automobile carried out on the strip. This previous summer season he acquired his first style with a 9.09-second ET at 105.28mph (169.43km/h) straight off the trailer. That was a satisfying consequence, particularly given the automobile was arrange for the 1/eighth mile, not the complete 1/4 it ran. The following run confirmed much more promise – an 8.75 at 139.25mph (224.10km/h).
Following the shakedown meet, the S14.5 was fine-tuned for the 1/4-mile and Guðmundur ran a greatest move of 8.48 at 164.82mph (265.25km/h) earlier than the season got here to an finish.
Since then, there have been much more enhancements. The engine was switched to methanol, and subsequent re-tuning netted 1,257whp, which equates to round 1,500hp on the 2JZ’s crank.
This primary season of racing was an enormous studying curve for Guðmundur and his workforce. As I discussed, he’s no stranger to tug racing, however this automobile is on a complete new degree.
It’s about to get a complete lot extra wild too. Throughout this winter, Guðmundur and his crew chief spouse are taking the automobile even additional with a Bullet billet block and different upgrades. 1,400whp is coming, and I can’t wait to see the automobile in motion subsequent summer season.
This function wraps up my preliminary sequence from Iceland, however I can’t cease right here. Planning for subsequent 12 months’s journey has begun and I have already got some concepts, one involving a glacier and a turbo 4×4. If that sounds thrilling, be certain to maintain a watch out.