How this duo of sisters got into drag racing with this 625 horsepower Chevrolet Malibu
Sisters Emma and Arley have turned this Malibu into an impressive drag car since its acquisition in 2015.
Cars are big toys not only for big boys, but also for girls. Every now and then, female riders have proven that they can be a level playing field in the fast-paced world of racing, whether it’s on the streets or on the track. Fast Chicks Racing, a drag racing team based in Byron, Ill., Was tear up the race track with their 1980 strongly tuned Chevrolet Malibu.
Drag Racing Sisters with 15 years of experience
They may be young, but sisters Emma (25) and Arley (20) Ballard have 15 years of drag racing experience collectively. Their father Mike was a motorcycle rider for about 11 years until Emma and Arley were seven and two, respectively. The Ballard sisters raced in the juniors for 12 years, winning several achievements including a track championship. Their racing success came with their current drive – a 1980 Chevy Malibu.
Their drive is no ordinary Malibu, however. Emma acquired the dragster from a racing buddy in 2015. At the time, the Malibu was already capable of reaching a quarter mile between 12 seconds and 11 seconds, at speeds of around 115 miles per hour. Wanting to go faster, the sisters of Fast Chicks Racing upgraded their Malibu into a better performance.
415-CI Chipper with 625 HP and 600 lb-ft of torque
With its front end, trunk and interior redone at Schubert Speed Shop, the Malibu is powered by a 415 ci Brodix SBC cast block engine built by Maurer Engine Service. Featuring World angle plugged heads, a custom Get’M Garage carburetor, and an Edelbrock intake, this mill can deliver 625 hp of peak power and 600 lb-ft of peak torque.
Power is sent to the Moser 35-spline axles via the Hughes Performance powerglide and 5500 stall torque converter. Its capabilities are backed up by a Quartermax 4-link suspension with an odd coil on the shocks. The Malibu rides on RC Components Exile S wheels shod with 9-inch Goodyear slicks, with stopping power thanks to the Strange disc brakes (at all four corners).
Fast Chicks Racing Sisters get faster
Thanks to these improvements, the Malibu was able to record a best time of 10.45 seconds at almost 124 mph in the quarter mile. It would be of great support to Emma’s campaign in the Byron Dragway index series. By the way, Arley also drives the Malibu in the Byron Dragway bracket series.
Source: Race Your Ride on YouTube
NEXT: For Some Reason GM Is Testing A 1980s Camaro And We Have No Idea Why
Playboy playmate Audra Lynn gets her Dodge Challenger wrapped up
About the Author