There is nothing cooler in motorsport than when someone shows up at the strip with something individual, different and it’s a bonus when it sounds good! Paul Dowdall has gone and ticked all the right boxes with his RX8 drag car.
Paul Dowdall’s RX8 has been turning heads for a while now and we thought it was time to check out this 8.09 @ 173.5mph car for ourselves.
What I love about the car is that despite being a purpose-built drag car, it still retains a lot of the original bodywork and lines that it rolled out of Hiroshima with. Although just as you think it is a RX8 with sticky tyres, there are a few details that hint to what is lurking beneath.
Lurking underneath the bonnet of this rx8 is a Cosmo 13b block, belting out 1000 horsepower at the rear wheels @ 39PSI.
Originally from Christchurch, New Zealand; Paul is no stranger to dragging rotaries. Previously running a tubbed RX7 he decided to change things up a bit and here is the finished version.
It’s business as usual, if it isn’t needed it’s been ripped out. A Motec SDL3 feeds all the important numbers to the driver, not that there is much time to be concentrating on numbers going down the drag strip.
It’s just not a dragcar without the chute and wheelie bars, although according to Paul it spends very little time running up the strip on the wheelie bar. A longer car with weight right over the front ensures the front wheels stay in touch with the pavement keeping the car pointed in the right direction.
With a air-shifted Lenco CS3 box and Moser 9 inch diff transferring the 1000 ponies to the rear wheels this propels Paul down the strip in 8.09 @173.5mph on the limiter (9500).
Paul owns and runs NZ Performance, selling all the best performance parts to ensure Kiwi’s keep going fast!
There are not many RX8’s being dragged out there which still maintain so much of the original car. Weighing in at 1130kg after a bit of a diet, I can’t wait to see it going down the strip once the Kiwi summer kicks in!
Forged WELD racing wheels up front with Wilwood 2-pot brakes keep everything on the straight and narrow while helping the chute slow things up at the other end. 15×9 inch rear wheels shrouded in 28×9 Mickey Thompson rubber mean there is no need for tubbing.
Despite the smaller wheels it will still throw you back into the seat hard on launch, this RX8 has no issues hooking up with a 1.28 60-foot time.
All that is required now is some summer sun and hot sticky tarmac to send the RX8 down. I look forward to bringing you more of this RX8 when summer kicks in!