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The Winnah!

Andrew Borodin's Rat-Powered Pro Touring '70 GTO

Photography by Henry De Los Santos

Car Craft Q&A

Car Craft: When we went on the ride and drive, the entire staff was impressed with how quiet your car is at speed.

Andrew Borodin: I spent a lot of time adding sound-deadener to the floors, the trunk, and inside the doors to make this car quiet enough that you don't have to yell to be heard over the engine.

CC: We really didn't think you had much of a chance to win RSE after you broke the rearend on Saturday, but you never gave up.

AB: I want to say how humbled I am by the efforts of others who helped me. The irony of the situation was not clear until the very end, when the very people who helped me, Jerry and Erik, got Second Place. If they had not helped me, they would have won the event. It certainly speaks volumes about their character.

CC: Anything else you'd like to add?

AB: Only that everyone deserves to be recognized for having the balls to beat the hell out of their car. I had a total blast. I remember reading the Real Street Eliminator stories back in the '80s when I was in high school. I always dreamed of competing. Thanks again.

The Details

Car: '70 Pontiac GTO
Owner: Andrew Borodin
Engine: GM Performance Parts 502ci short block, 4.446x4.00-inch bore and stroke, iron 4-bolt main block, 1053 steel forged crank, 4340 steel rods with 7/16-inch bolts, and forged 8.75:1 pistons, Hooker headers, Torque Tech 3-inch exhaust, and a Dr. Gas Y-pipe
Heads: Holley aluminum rectangle port heads, 310cc intake ports, and 2.25-/1.88-inch stainless steel valves
Induction: Holley Commander 950 multi-point fuel injection package with single-plane intake, 1,000-cfm throttle body, and Commander 950 EFI controller, and Innovate Engineering LM1 wide-band oxygen sensor
Camshaft: Lunati hydraulic roller with 230/240 degrees @ 0.050-inch tappet lift and 0.550/0.575-inch lift, 110-degree lobe separation angle
Rearend: GM 12-bolt with 3.73 gears, Strange axles
Transmission: Richmond six-speed, Lakewood scattershield, Centerforce Dual Friction 11-inch clutch, GM nodular iron flywheel, Suburban Drivetrain driveshaft
Front suspension: Bell Tech spindles, Hotchkis 1 ¼-inch sway bar, AGR 12:1 steering box, Carrera 550-lb/in springs, QA1 adjustable shocks, Global West tubular upper control arms, Del-A-Lum bushings
Rear suspension: QA1 adjustable shocks, Global West lower control arms, stock upper control arms, H.O. Racing 140-lb/in springs
Brakes: Coleman rotors and Wilwood six-piston calipers, front; C4 Corvette rotors and calipers, rear
Wheels and tires: Kinesis 18x8-inch with Nitto 555 255/45ZR18 tires front, Kinesis 18x10.5 with Nitto 555 295/45ZR18 tires rear. Mickey Thompson E.T. Street 26x10.5 tires for dragstrip
Interior: Corbeau seats and harnesses, Flaming River steering column, Detroit Speed instrument panel, Auto Meter Ultra-Lite tach and gauges, Momo steering wheel, Centech wiring, Boston Acoustic, Xtant, Diamond, and iPod sound system
Body: Bodywork and paint by Brian Vonbargen of Windsor, Colorado, added shaker scoop to steel hood, Dodge Viper Red
Weight: 3,933 pounds without driver
Performance: 12.05 at 117 mph best quarter-mile,155 mph (estimated) 512 rear-wheel hp at 5,700 rpm, 520 rear-wheel torque at 4,200 rpm

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