In the Mar. '10 issue , we showed you the 529-inch Cadillac engine squeezed into a 29-inch-diameter, flat-black tube called the Speed by Spectre Infidel. At the time, the report was that the engine was making more than 1,000 hp. Car owner Amir Rosenbaum and driver Kenny Hoover entered it in the AA/Blown Gas Streamliner class at Bonneville last October and set a 330.569-mph record. For that run, longtime Salt racer Kenny Hoover earned the coveted 300-mph blue hat.
Since that time, the Albuquerque-based Cad Company and Performance Fabrication helped the Spectre team install an engine that displaced 485 inches for a run at the A/BGS record. The team revisited the Salt during Bonneville Speed Week in August. On Sunday, with owner Amir Rosenbaum at the wheel, the streamliner ran 324.350 and set a new record for the class that earned him a place in the 300-mph chapter of the 200-mph club. To get into the 200 club, you must run faster than 200 mph, set a record, and back that record up with another run. The same rules apply to get into the 300-mph chapter.
The Spectre team also wanted to break the AA/BGS record they set in October, so they swapped the original 529-inch Cadillac back into the car, turned up the boost, and broke their own record with a 348.342-mph pass. The Infidel streamliner has put two people into the 300-mph chapter of the 200-mph club in a total of five passes. That is quite a feat.
What: The Spectre Streamliner Infidel
Engine: The A engine is a 485-inch Cadillac block with iron heads and a Hogan's sheetmetal intake manifold. The AA engine also uses iron heads and a Cad block displacing 529 inches. Both of these engines rely on stock GM cranks, a heavy offset grind and two-bolt main caps, and a lot of port work in the heads. The 16, 80-pound injectors are controlled by a FAST fuel-injection system. The big motor makes more than 1,800 hp using a pair of 91mm Precision turbos. These engines were built by Courtney Hines at Cad Company and make crazy power with a flat-tappet cam.
Transmission: The car is push-started in First then the Liberty clutchless five-speed is air-shifted through top gear. Amir can only lift off the gas in Fifth or the trans will come out of gear and end the run.
Wheels/Tires: The wheels are made by the Taylor brothers in South Gate, California. The story goes that wheels can take more than six months to create. If you want them faster, you have to personally visit the shop and help the process with free lunches and gifts. If you want some land speed tires, just call Mickey Thompson.
The key to racing a Salt car successfully is the crew. On the left is Steve Schmalz of Pe
Sunday 8/15/2010-A/BGS Old record: 286.262, New record: 324.350
Tuesday 8/17/2010-A/BGS Old record: 324.350, New record: 356.645
Thursday 8/19/2010-AA/BGS Old record: 330.569, New record: 348.342