Super Street Nova Build - In-Nova-Tion, Part 2

Building A Super Street Chassis Nova

Mike Petralia Jan 1, 2003 0 Comment(s)
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Last month we kicked off the buildup of Accessible Technology's (ATI) Super Street Nova with a detailed look at how they built a 1,200-plus-hp big-block on pump gas using mostly off-the-shelf parts from GM Performance and a few extra key suppliers. The reason for the buildup was to showcase ATI's newest F-series line of competition superchargers. Instead of just doing the usual "engine build up and test" story, we wanted to follow-up with ATI and see how production of the '69 Nova they plan to race was coming along. During the Nova's construction, ATI took the supercharged 502 apart and downsized it considerably to 427 cid to better fit the pounds-per-cubic-inch rules of the classes in which they plan to compete. At the blower-mandated 8 pounds/ci the smaller engine would allow the Nova to run right above 3,200 pounds, with an additional 175-pound weight break allowed for the pre-'73 body and stock-case trans. ATI also plans to step up the power level of the 427 to around 3.25 hp/ci, or just about 1,400 hp, which they feel would make the Nova a competitive car. However, it takes more than tons of horsepower and a pretty paint job to make a car go down the track in less than 9 seconds at about a buck-sixty-five, so this month we'll show you the work that ATI had done to get them in the game.

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