Watch a modified snowmobile follow a Hayabusa on the Drag Strip
The origins of motorsport are quite simple; one person had something with an engine, just like someone they knew, and one of them said to the other, “I bet mine is faster.” We’ve been around with this ever since, competing with each other in everything from cars and motorcycles, to airplanes and, apparently, even snowmobiles, some of which have been so heavily modified that they can keep up with the bike la most mythical of the market; the Suzuki Hayabusa.
One such snowmobile is the 1999 Ski-Doo Mach Z 800 owned by Wisconsinite Brian Lamb, who heavily modified his for drag racing on asphalt (and maybe other surfaces too). This naturally involved not only swapping out its steering pads for wheels, but upgrading its 809cc inline-three Rotax, which, because it’s a two-stroke, is rated at 148 horses in factory. In Lamb’s Ski-Doo it produces a lot more, however, with carburetors that would have bored 38mm at 40.5, 60 horsepower shot of nitrous oxide, and to take advantage of that 112 octane racing gas.
Napkin math suggests its actual power is easily 210 horsepower, possibly more, so it’s no surprise that this odd racing vehicle can go neck and neck with the superlative Suzuki Superlative.
At the best of the two runs shown in the video below, Lamb achieves a 1.54 second run of 60 feet, four tenths more on that blazingly fast Ford Flex we saw whip out a Ram TRX last week. He went on to register a 6.63 second pass over the eighth mile at 97 mph, less than a tenth of Hayabusa’s best-represented pass in 6.54 seconds.