ACE Racing – see regular updates of our all steel Twin Turbo ’66 Nova SS street car here!
You can also find regular updates on our ACE shop truck and station wagon LS engine builds here. Stay tuned to see the transformation under the hoods of our 1969 Chevrolet Kingwood Wagon and 1973 Chevrolet Square body C10 Truck!
1966 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova SS
Best 1/4 mile E/T to date: 8.97 @ 148
Previous Engine: 415ci Small Block Chevy (6800cc) 800hp on methanol
Chassis: SFI Spec 25.2
Back in 2016, the goal was to drive the Nova to the local drag strip, run an 8 second pass down the quarter mile, then drive the Nova home, in true ‘street car’ style.
Not only did we make this happen, we also won an award for ‘Fastest Street Car of the day’.
Since achieving this, the Nova has been off the road having some ‘upgrades’. These include transforming the car from a bracket racing car into a true twin turbo street car. The normally aspirated 415ci small block is long gone and an ACE built 427ci DART LS Next based engine running two 88mm turbos now sits in its place. The new motor and fuel system are built for pump gas with the ability to run e85 thanks to FuelTech FT600 management.
Other changes include going back to a steel front end and doors on the car (got to have wind up windows on the street!). We’re also adding a passenger seat, bigger fuel cell and radiator for more street driving, a rear wing, a second parachute and a wiper motor!
Once all these upgrades are complete, the next big goal for the Nova is to compete in Hot Rod Magazine Drag Week. Because of the chassis, the Nova will only be able to enter the Unlimited class; we sure don’t expect to win or even be close to winning but we do hope to finish the week with an average in the 7 seconds zone.
Some pics from the 2016 racing season with the Nova: