Watch the first stick-shift domestic H-model car break the 6-second barrier
The first domestic Stick Shift H-pattern car driven by Joel Steele recently broke the 6-second barrier.
The super driver behind the H-Pattern shifter, Joel Steele, decided there was no better way to make history than a blast of record-breaking FL2K21 passes in his Coyote Powered S197. It’s officially the most formidable Mustang Stick-Shift on the planet – it’s bursting into the 6!
The record did not come without problems
The preparation for the final was not without difficulties. A series of fluctuating run times and chassis issues plagued the team leading up to FL2K. Steele had clocked 7.20 seconds, a pretty good time but far from his actual target and the world H record. However, he slashed a few tenths. The car finally started to perform well for Steele after some final tuning and reengineering of the slave cylinder.
During the qualifying round he was able to throw a 6.98 second pass, but the second round went awry, deviating from Steele’s plan. Then, madly, without even the car moving, the red light bulb came on. We don’t know what triggered it. Perhaps it could have been a random towel near the beams or a five-foot fireball from the exhaust. As a consolation he was invited to do an exhibit before the night was over.
Set a world record
While his qualifying run was enough to make history, the show run at the end of the night witnessed incredibly fast time. Steele increased his count to 6.98 from 6.85 to 202 MPH, accomplished even when he remained stooped to avoid injuring the engine before the World Cup Finals which were due to begin soon. This victory made Steele’s Mustang drag car the fastest shifter Coyote and the fastest manual American car ever.
Steele’s S197 is a creation of the Xiled Drag Cars. This monster beast is powered by a Coyote Gen 1 engine built by TKM Performance. It includes polished and worn Coyote Gen 1 heads. The car houses a 25.3 cage and gets its boost from twin 7684 turbos with a Plazmamam intake manifold above the engine. Holley manages the electronics, fuel injections and sensors. Likewise, methanol and engine oil are supplied by Renegade Race Fuels.
The fundamental focal point of this model is the transmission. The PPG transmission and gears built by Tick Performance are rugged, and Steele uses a billet faceplate, an 8-inch billet twin clutch, and advanced clutches. The RC Component wheels transfer power from the rear of the Fab 9. Steele’s footwork remains excellent thanks to an FFP Customs pedal setup, and gear changes are handled by MGW Shifters.
Source: Stick Shift The World, Flo Racing
Nicknamed internally at Ferrari as “Il Mostro”, it takes its name from the cubic centimeter displacement of each 12-cylinder engine.
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