• Sep 22, 2010
Larry Larson and his six-second street-driven Nova – Click above to watch videos after the jump

Technically, there's nothing wrong with putting your race car on a trailer and towing it to the track. In fact, as anyone who has tried to use a track rat as a daily driver can tell you, a car can be either a racer or a commuter. Rarely can it do both effectively. But there's a certain subset of drivers out there for whom "trailer queen" is as dirty a phrase as any four-letter word you could think of. Hot Rod Magazine has worked up an event just for these folk. It's called Drag Week, and the rules are pretty simple. Cars must run five tracks in five states over five days, lowest ET wins and everyone has to drive their bruiser from track to track. No trailers allowed.

This year's king of the heap is Larry Larson and his 1966 Chevrolet Nova, a racer that is staking its claim for the title of world's fastest street car. A twin-turbocharged 565 cubic-inch big-block Bowtie V8 supplies the grunt, and though it's never been on a dyno, estimates put it at more than 2,300 horsepower. As a result, Larson can launch the car down the quarter mile in 6.95 seconds at 209.1 mph, even after driving the car on public roads for five days straight – some of it in pouring rain, no less. Hit the jump to see a few videos of the machine.

[Sources: 1320 Video via YouTube, Bang Shift]







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      • 4 Years Ago
      @gtv4rudy

      The car is running DOT-approved tires on and off the track. That's one of the rules set by Hot Rod Magazine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There is now way that thing is a street car.
      Already the tires aren't street at all.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mickey Thompson, Hoosier, and many other tire manufacturers make DOT approved tires that big.

        Also, watch the videos and read the article's title and the article itself. The car is clearly driving on the street, even in the rain on the highway.

        The car was driven 1,200 miles in 5 consecutive days to 5 different tracks in 5 different states. It ran 7 second runs at over 200mph for 4 of those events and then ran a 6 second in the last event. There was no trailer or crew to work on the car. The car also ran on 87 octane pump gas.

        You probably shouldn't be coming onto an automotive web magazine if all you're going to do is read the title of the articles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I didn't know tire company make that size/type of tire DOT...
        I really do wonder if he actually drive that car on the road.

        How about fuel? PumP GaS? LOL
        • 4 Years Ago
        The tires are DOT approved.

        If the car wasn't street legal, it would of never qualified for this event. The rules state that the car has to be street legal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      theres nothing "sleeper" about those big pieces of rubber in the back of the car that one would like to call "tires"....... those things look wider than a damn window a/c unit!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        There are plenty of Pro Street cars out there with big tires on them. No way would you expect to be sitting at a red light next to a 6sec car though. This is the definition of sleeper because it is MUCH faster than you would expect.
      Antonio Martinez-Fre
      • 3 Years Ago
      please take a look at my posts about Chevy Nova http://starttheengine.blogspot.com/ thanks!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Fastest" is a measure of speed, not time. I think you mean it's the quickest. Give me a top speed, not a 1/4-mile trap speed.
      notan.idiotlikeyou
      • 1 Year Ago
      I find it hard to believe that car guys can be so stupid as to not know the difference between fast and quick. Larson has the quickest street car, and yes it's truly awesome, but Jeff Lutz has the fastest.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i know there's no comparing but i'd like to see this beast against the exotics at m5board :P
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's easy: "I'll race you down AND BACK"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey Dan Fredrickson, lets see your EV do that.

      You are so ignorant about the power of petroleum.

      Sorry I've been given you such a hard time, but you've had it comin'.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can you say "sleeper"?
        • 4 Years Ago
        do you even know what a sleeper is??? because it damn sure isnt this car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not sure that many people would be surprised this car is faster than theirs. A street car with a 200mph+ trap speed though: DAMN!
        • 4 Years Ago
        My mistake. Note to self: don't try to be funny about funny cars. (darned it, I did it again.)
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's definitely not what you'd normally call a sleeper, but consider this: According to R&T, Bugatti Veyron ET: 10.2 sec @142.9mph. This Nova can get to 200mph before a 599 can get to 100. This Nova can get to 200mph before a Murcielago can get to 100. This Nova can get to 200mph long before the Mclaren F1 or the SLR can get to 100.

        Sure, it looks like a drag car, you know it's going to be fast, but nothing could possibly prepare you for how fast it actually is. So while it's not really a sleeper because it looks fast, it's not NOT a sleeper because it's faster than an X-wing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry but not really! Inside and out you can tell from a half block away that this car is a drag car. There are WAY to many things that say "racer" on it...

        Tire size
        Tire size difference from front to back
        Stance of car
        Roll cage visible through glass.
        Side pipes dipping into view
        to name a few....

        A sleeper is more like late Monte Carlo body with a Gran National setup inside with tinted windows. Or a Chevy Monza with a 500 HP 350 under the hood WHICH I actually saw back in the day when a kid in my town (J Cooper) built it. His family had a garage and a body shop....

        And of course my good friend Chris has a Nova, God Bless em but the car was a sled and he actually put a sticker on the rear window that said "Chevy Sleeper". Nobody understood that one! heh... Still a great friend of mine! Which reminds me, I have to bust his chops over that (texting him now lol)...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gotta love the Lenco...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll give you that it's a fast car built by an avid car guy not wanting to trailer it to go here and there, but I'm not giving it street legal cred. Even in '66, those cars came with rear view mirrors (probably snap off before it reached the trap) and dashes that lit up at night. That rear wing is blocking those lights. Can you get sub 7 sec. times with a street legal exhaust system or regular gas? Brakes, rear defroster, etc.? Where's that shift pattern sticker? Awesome car (love that wastegate) but stop with this "street legal" stuff.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And again, I suggest this to another blind idiot...

        Go read the Hot Rod Drag Week rules and regulations.

        If this wasn't street legal, the car would of never been able to compete according to the rules.
      • 4 Years Ago
      He must have dumped a lot of money into that Lenco to get it to hold up to that kind of power.

      Cool to see street legal cars with so much untamed power.
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