• Aug 13th 2010 at 1:35PM
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Red Victor 3 – Click above for high-res image

The drag racing world is a scary, scary place. It's a realm where engines are built to hold together just long enough to scoot down the quarter mile before they're torn apart and rebuilt for the next run. It's a world where if your vehicle is turning anything close to double-digit fuel mileage, it's not producing enough horsepower.

Typically, these types of monstrosities are little more than trailer queens that are rolled onto the strip and then back into their awaiting shuttles home. That's not the case with the new Vauxhall Red Victor 3 – a custom-built racer that has a twin-turbocharged 8.8-liter General Motors V8 under the hood good for 3,000 horsepower.

The car uses 1967 Victor FD sheet metal, though the company says that the whole contraption is entirely street legal. How's about them apples? The car was built specifically for the Power Festival at Silverstone (how appropriate...), which kicks off August 28. Vauxhall predicts that the car should run 240 miles per hour in the quarter at 6.5 seconds. Yup. That's pretty quick. Hit the jump for a look at the full press blast.

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Luton – The world's fastest Vauxhall will make a star appearance at the VXR Power Festival, to be held at Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire this Bank Holiday, August 28-29.

Packing over 3000 horsepower from its 8.8-litre, twin-turbocharged GM V8 engine, 'Red Victor 3' – a highly modified version of Vauxhall's original 1967 Victor FD – will appear at the Power Festival to herald a new partnership between Vauxhall's VXR brand and the Red Victor team for the 2011 MSA Pro-Modified Drag Racing season, with a car that is still street legal. Yes, that's right: street legal.

While the car is still in development, the Red Victor team is predicting a top speed, to begin with, of 240mph in the quarter-mile, which it should achieve in 6.5 seconds. And there's no reason to doubt them: their last project, Red Victor 2, was capable of nearly 200mph in the quarter-mile and 0-153mph in 4.8 seconds.

"We're sure visitors to the Power Festival will make a B-line for the Victor," said Stuart Harris, Vauxhall's Group Product Manager. "We're really looking forward to working with Andy Frost, Red Victor's creator, and his team next year and see this as a great match for the VXR brand."

Vauxhall's VXR Power Events, which has run through 2010 to raise money for Help for Heroes, reaches its zenith with the two-day Power Festival at Silverstone this Bank Holiday. Thousands are expected to attend the event, which aims to raise further funds for H4H through high-octane activities like 0-60 challenges, autotesting, karting and VXR track tuition with pro-drivers. VXR and Vauxhall V8 owners can even pay to take to Silverstone's famous track in their own cars.

But if you'd rather just sit back and watch the action, don't miss the Pro-Am Pursuit, in which famous racing drivers from Vauxhall's past, like Fabrizio Giovanardi, Jason Plato and James Thompson take on celebrities such as TV chef, James Martin, ex-England footballer, Luther Blisset and Eastenders' Kara Tointon. And if that isn't enough, then Paul Swift will be there to perform some unbelievable stunts in a Vauxhall road car.

What the VXR Power Festival won't do is cost you the earth. With adult tickets costing just £10 and children under five entering for free, the whole family can enjoy an action-packed day without breaking the bank. Even the on-site challenges only cost between £5-10, with all proceeds going to one of the UK's most worthy causes.

For more information, please go to www.vxrpowerevents.co.uk

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Street legal in which country?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wonder what the carbon tax costs on this car, lol.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh, the U.K. - well nvm.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lol... the german TÜV would push it into a car compactor on the spot!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The UK as usual. They really can drive damn well anything they want it seems.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Street-legal and Street-able are two different things.
      • 5 Years Ago
      is is possible to buy the 8.8L as a crate motor?
      • 5 Years Ago
      wouldnt this then become the fastest production car if indeed it IS street legel?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Um no. 1 reason being is that it's not a production car. It is a one-off dragster built by the same guy who built the Red Victor 2. This is only a Vauxhall in name and wasn't built in the Opel factory.

        It might be the fastest street legal car, but definitely not the fastest production car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Someone said a writer has only a limited number of exclamation points. You sir have used one wisely!
      • 5 Years Ago
      How (and where) is this exactly street legal? And double-digit gas mileage? More like, "If your vehicle's fuel economy is measured by miles per gallon instead of gallons per mile, it's not making enough horsepower."

      Either way, it looks nice and sounds like it'll be pretty dang fast. Should make for some pretty entertaining YouTube-age.
        • 5 Years Ago
        British road laws rock at times
        stick a Q plate on (essentially a this is a kit car/custom car tag) and as long as all 4 wheels are covered and there are appropriate running lights its legal

        all an f1 car needs to do to be legal is put something over its wheels and indicators and brake lights (and maybee a horn)

        insurance and road tax aside, if you have the money this isn't that bad a nation to be a car enthusiast
      • 5 Years Ago
      He has a build thread going over on yellowbullet, the car looks pretty damn cool. He plans on bringing it to the US for some events when finished.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would get pulled over every 5 minutes....
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think you could get pulled over every 7' seconds. That is what you meant, right? :D
        • 5 Years Ago
        Every 6.5 seconds is more like it
      • 5 Years Ago
      The last iteration (Red Victor 2) was on fifthgear. He does drive it on the street.

      Until he can run a 6 -second pass like Larry Larson did after driving his turbo Nova to Vegas on Hot Rod magazines Dragweek he'll have to settle for fastest street car in Europe.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Great story. I know drag racing never got that big in Europe but I know there are some die hard people that do keep the sport alive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So this drawing can do 6.5@240? Heck, might as well say it will run a 4 flat at 300 since it hasn't done anything yet. Should he want to run with the US crowd he'll need some 10.5s on it and grow a set of balls that clank when he walks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Red Victor 2 ran consistent mid-6s, so why can't this?
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