Even more insane is that you need almost as much power as a blown methanol big-block ProSlammer to be in with a shot to win Horsepower Heroes, as Friday morning saw the Bubba Medlyn run a blinding 2261hp. This set the power amount to chase for the rest of Summernats, breaking the record for the highest power run ever seen in Horsepower Heroes competition.
Two-time NA 8-cylinder class-winner Bobby Brown came back in 2019 with a Vortech YSI-B blower pushing 15psi into his 482ci tall-deck LS, hoping to see more than 1100rwhp from the 12:1 compression, E85-swilling combo. Astoundingly, his 1210hp run was 95hp short of making the cut but Bobby’s car wasn’t the only killer machine to be left out of Sunday’s title-fight.
Corey Hamilton’s BF ute is a retina-punching powerhouse, with eye-searing paint covering a wild forged 5.0L Coyote. Powering the 3800lb brute to a PB of 8.30@169mph the quad-cam Ford small-block runs a billet crank, forged internals, a Kenne Bell 4.7-litre blower making 31psi, and a Haltech Elite 2500T (with REM).
While the ute’s 1140hp was seriously impressive the E85-fulled commercial was 165hp behind the third-place qualifier, Greg South with a twin-turbo 427-cube LS in his HQ Kingswood sedan.
And in second place with 1351hp is Drag Challenge veteran Brendan Cherry with his twin-turbo, big-block powered VL.
The finals of Haltech Horsepower Heroes kicks off at 9am in the MPW Performance Dyno Cell.