Don “Blownbird” Barnett’s Vortech Supercharged Firebird destroyed the X275 Drag Radial 1/4 mile record at Shakedown at Etown Oct 3,2010 with an amazing firstname.lastname@example.org run. This ’88 Firebird is packing an NMCA X/S legal, 399 cubic inch Small Block Chevy prepped by BES, AllPro 245rr heads done by Curtis Boggs at RFD, and a Victor intake super modified for efi. However, this “Blownbird” gets its wings thanks to a Vortech V-24 Xi-Trim driven by a Supercharger Store gear drive. The chassis was built by Rhodes Custom Auto, and still runs stock style suspension.
While working the bugs out of the combo this year, Don & crew have already had many successes. Their first major accomplishment was breaking the 4 second barrier in the 1/8th mile with a current best of 4.96 @ 144.3! Also dipping into the 7 second zone early this summer (7.99 @ 179.8), and now being the X275 recordholder with a 7.68 @ 181.5. This was all done weighing in at 3380lbs.
In addition to thanking Vortech and his V-24 Xi-Trim for providing “the baddest class blowers in the business”, Don wanted to thank Rhodes Custom Auto for their amazing chassis work, RFD Cylinder Heads for the excellent flow, Murillo Motorsports for the outstanding tuning, and most of all, his crew.
Look for Don & crew to shatter more records at the World Cup Finals at MIR on November 6-7, biggest 1/4 mile race of the year! After some more testing with the slicks, expect the NMCA Extreme Street Class to be taken by storm in 2011!