Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
July 16, 2012
Photos By: Team MM&FF

To fix our transmission issue, TCI sent us a larger transmission cooler to keep our 6X cool when hot-lapping during True Street competition. For street use or typical drag racing, our smaller cooler would suffice, but the extreme demand of a 30-mile cruise coupled with three back-to-back passes on the dragstrip was too much to ask of our smaller transmission cooler.

Despite the minor transmission issues during the event, Repeat Offender faired rather well. On Sunday as part of the True Street class, Tony was allowed to enter Repeat Offender in the B3 bracket class. Sunday's weather was nearly 20 degrees cooler, and even brought a significant tailwind. A 10.59 at 130.22 mph during the test-and-tune session was promising.

In the first round, Tony dialed in a 10.58 and won on a double breakout while running 10.48 at 130.81 mph--the 60-foot time coming in at just 1.50 seconds. Repeat Offender won Rounds 2 and 3 after the opposition redlit.

At the hit in Round 4, Tony knew Repeat Offender was on a good run--the timeslip would later show a 1.45-second 60-foot time, our best ever. Having dialed in a 10.48, Tony let off right before the finish line so as not to break out. He lost the round but ran a 10.41 at 121 mph!

We're happy with the results, and hope to let the Repeat Offender live up to its name at future NMRA events. There's room to grow with the current normally aspirated engine combination, and there's always the possibility of a power adder to easily put us in the 9s or faster should we choose that route. In any case, we have a legit all-motor, 10-second street car, and that's pretty cool.

Cooler Talk

After a 10.96 and a 10.95 during True Street competition, a flare on the 3-4 upshift yielded a slower 12.59. According to Scott Miller at TCI, it was caused by the transmission getting too hot (30-mile cruise combined with three back-to-back dragstrip runs). This is the cooler we were running (11- x 9.5-inch), which is great for street cars and cars that dont get hot-lapped, like during True Street.

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