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Revved Up: Series Notebook (September)
by: Phil Burgess

Cox engines run fast on Flats:

Darrell Cox Racing has proven all season that the engine from the Dodge SRT-4 is a bulletproof starting point for a drag race engine. But recently, RaceDeck Racing used a Cox engine to break numerous land speed records, proving that this A855 engine has what it takes to hold up to the rigors of long, high-speed runs in addition to short, wide-open passes down a quarter-mile.

In mid-August, during the 55th annual Speed Week competition, RaceDeck broke two records their first time out with the Cox A855. Competing in the F Class (2.01 to 3.00 liters displacement), they smashed two former records by more 40 miles an hour!

In the F Class Blown Street Roadster division, driver Jorgen Moller recorded a 184.687 mph pass; the previous record was 142.825 mph. RaceDeck then removed the lights and blocked the grill of the '32 roadster and proceeded to break the Blown Gas Roadster with a 187.107 mph speed, which broke the old record of 146.887 mph.

The speeds are calculated for the full length of a mile. A speed is not made official until it is "backed up" or repeated on the return trip.

"The fact that this 600-horsepower engine can stay under load for two to three minutes is unbelievable!" said Moller, who is also the RaceDeck president. "We didn't make one run [of eight] that wasn't a world record." RaceDeck received the motor from Darrell Cox Racing just days before the event.

Next season, RaceDeck plans to campaign a 2004 Dodge SRT-4. "Our goal is to take an SRT-4 and break every four-cylinder class land speed record," Moller said.

By: Rusty Blackwell -MoparSpeed

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