Challenger II 317mph test run
"We hit 317mph on our second pass today. We experienced no issues with the car and successfully gathered all the data we needed for the upcoming SCTA and FIA events later this year. Given today’s positive results, we’ve decided to forgo additional runs and return early. We’re not sure how much more we can learn on the 3-mile track and want to preserve the engines for the longer courses at Speed Week and Cook’s.
"Although the test exceeded our expectations, we still have a lot of work ahead of us. Our engine team is going to work on hopping up our existing setup in order to generate more horsepower and faster acceleration. I personally will be making some modifications to the cockpit and safety equipment setup. As always, we’ll be tweaking our traction formulas in search of the least possible wheel slip." -Danny Thompson
Climb aboard for this July 12 test run in which Danny Thompson's "Challenger II" streamliner reached a speed of 317mph on its second run at the 2014 USFRA Test and Tune. The restored vehicle last ran on the salt at Bonneville in 1968, when it was driven by Danny's father, Mickey Thompson.
Subscribe to RacerMore
- Gidley makes first start in three years - and podiums
- MEDLAND: A rock and a hard place
- Dixon 'surprised' to be P2 in IndyCar points
- Foyt recovering from stem cell treatment
- IMS grandstands to become smoking-free
- Historic video: Big block Corvette 427 onboard at The Mitty
- New dance partners set to tango in PWC SprintX
- Logano at 300 races: 'Results didn't change me, I changed the results'
- Renault focused on unlocking race pace
- Champion Hatch shares racing for a good cause
- Robin Miller's Mailbag for April 26, presented by Honda Racing / HPD
- RACER@25: Issue No. 236, Dec. 2011 – Losing Lionheart
- INSIGHT: Indy 500 grid update
- Earnhardt: Larson, Elliott are NASCAR's future
- TV Ratings: IndyCar Barber, Cup rainout at Bristol
Video: The 2017 Heroes Issue
FROM THE RACER CHANNEL
RACER Magazine 25th Anniversary Video
33 years of SportsCar magazine history.
See more than 50 On Board videos.