At the test and tune at Gateway Motorsports Park in St Louis today, the reigning Drag Week champion Jeff Lutz unveiled his new ride, a wild ’69 Pro Mod Camaro that has been modified to handle the rigours of Drag Week’s street miles. Lutz ran a 6.05-second pass, at a record-setting 249mph. The current record holder as the quickest time recorded at Drag Week proper is Tom Bailey, who ran a 6.54-second pass in 2014.
Dubbed Mad Max, the Lutz Camaro is powered by a 525ci Pat Musi big block, with twin 88mm Precision turbos. It will run pump fuel for the road legs and methanol for the strip. Like Larry Larson’s five-second Chev S10, there is fair bit of work required each day to make the switch from street to track.
To convert the car to race-spec, Lutz has to replace the alcohol fuel system with a pump fuel set up, remove the radiator and swap out both the ECU and ignition. Can it handle the rigours of the full competition? We can’t wait to see!