5070-strong record car Challenger II Streamliner will be sold at auctionNovember 9, 2019
The car was built by the American racer Mickey Thompson, but his son brought the project to the end. As a result, half a century after the creation of the Challenger II Streamliner still earned the title of champion.
In January next year, Mecum is going to hammer an unusual lot: this is the 1968 Challenger II Streamliner car, which is the “author” of the absolute speed record among cars with piston engines. The car was designed by the American racer Mickey Thompson, known for his victorious races on dragsters and a whole string of records. Almost immediately, due to bad weather conditions, the planned record-breaking race had to be postponed for two years: most of the dried-up salt lake Bonneville, where it was planned to set a record, was closed.
The sponsors did not like this delay, and they began to leave the project one by one, which eventually had to be mothballed.
In this century, the father’s work was completed by his son Danny Thompson. First of all, he replaced two 7.7-liter V8 engines with a pair of 8.2-liter eight-cylinder engines equipped with 3-speed “automatic machines”. A mixture of nitromethane and methanol (87/13%) is responsible for the performance of the new motors. After such an upgrade, the power of the car reached 5,070 hp. instead of the previous 1,825 hp
The all-wheel drive Challenger II Streamliner gets sophisticated cladding from 68 aluminum panels. Its length reaches the mark of 9.75 meters, and its width and height are only 0.91 and 0.94 meters, respectively. The curb weight is 2 630 kg. And now about the record itself, which was set last year. Danny Thompson converted the car to modern requirements and standards and still brought it to Bonneville. Here, the Challenger II Streamliner developed an average speed of 448.757 mph (722.2 km / h). This is a world speed record among cars with piston engines. What amount are going to help out for the champion, unfortunately, not reported.
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