2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 - The Adventures Of Buckwheat

This Rascal Runs!

Chris Endres Jan 1, 2009 0 Comment(s)
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A pair of Auto Meter Sport-Comp gauges allow Murillo to easily monitor fuel and nitrous pressure.

Buckwheat laid down a 1.47 60-foot, and I was grabbing gears like the [expletive deleted] owed me money. The car moved over about 6 feet at the 1,000-foot mark, but there was no way I was lifting. I didn't even see "Mr. 408" at this point. As I crossed the finish line, I already knew it was a 9-second pass.

The scoreboard lit up with a 9.93 at 145 mph to a 10.61 at 140 mph. For whatever reason, I hadn't felt excitement and jubilation like that since I won the World Ford Challenge in 2002.

Now that he has proven that just maybe he does know a thing or two about Vettes, Murillo is going back to his roots and has built "The Star Car II," with the goal of making no less than 2,600 hp via a twin-turbocharged 541ci aluminum Ford big-block.

So is this the fastest Z06 in San Antonio? Yeah, it probably is. But as a hard-core racer on the strip and elsewhere, Mike Murillo knows there's always bound to be someone faster. Therein lies the challenge. And, ever the competitor, Murillo is "O-tay" with that.

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