Today, most items have a shelf life, and when those items involve technology, then that expiry date tends to come around at a much quicker pace.
Race cars are no different. With a high influx of well-funded teams, the Pro Slammer benchmark is evolving. While in the past running a 5.80 would have guaranteed you a place in the finals, now that number may not see you qualify. 5.60’s or better are the numbers to reach for if you want to be on the winner’s podium at the end of eliminations.
The emergence of new teams has also seen new, modern, high-tech race cars along with highly experienced tuners being flown out to provide winning tune-ups at many events.
While the current ACDelco Pro Slammer Monaro was competitive a few years ago, even winning the Championship in 2017, an eight year old car is considered old in many ways at this level of racing. Four major crashes, numerous paint jobs, the disadvantage of being overweight and not very aerodynamic, the current Pro Slammer is starting to take on the personality of a ‘washed up, tubby 80’s rockstar.’
Team owner Maurice Fabietti decided it was time to upgrade to stay at the pointy end of the field.
In keeping with the Australian-bodied theme and retaining its image as an iconic Australian car the new ACDelco Pro Slammer Monaro has been built by legendary chassis builder Murray Anderson.
The new ACDelco Pro Slammer Monaro has been lowered and narrowed. Essentially the car has been cut-and-shut in half lengthways, having 50mm taken out. While it will look the same, the car is sleeker, slimmer and more aerodynamic – hello ‘21st century mega-rockstar!’
While the option of building a Camaro was available, the iconic Holden Monaro is a huge hit with fans around the country.
Completely re-thinking the chassis, Murray Anderson has moved towards current US trends as far as building race cars goes. The new car is 100 lbs lighter and together with the aerodynamic improvements will see ETs cut by 1/10 of a second and 5-10 mph increases in speed.
In keeping with the Australian theme, engine components such as the cylinder heads, intake manifold and valve covers were built by Noonan Race Engines in Queensland. Furthermore, with the current 9 inch drop-out diff centres not being able to withstand 3,500+ horsepower, it was decided to go with a 10.5 inch modular, billet aluminium rear end. A new design, custom-made by Sydney-sider and fellow racer Wayne Newby.
Hoses and fittings are being supplied by Taree, NSW business Speedflow. Their lightweight range of braided lines and fittings will guarantee a leak-free race car while keeping weight to a minimum.
Team Owner Maurice Fabietti says “I’ve been building race cars now for over 30 years, but this is by far the best example to come out of my workshop.
We can’t wait for this car to debut at the Nitro Thunder in Sydney in May.
I’d like to again thank ACDelco for their support of our team and getting this race car built.”
Don’t think the current race car is being retired, it will serve as the team’s back up race car, as well as being the only passenger-capable Pro Slammer in the country. It’s first duties, taking 6 lucky winners down the quarter-mile with Mark Hinchelwood as part of Power & the Passion, the latest promotion from Holden & ACDelco.
GM Holden’s key Aftersales brands – Holden Genuine Parts, ACDelco, Holden Trade Club and Chevrolet Performance Parts have joined forces to create an exclusive prize pool that’s an enthusiasts dream.
The major prizes are two of the most desirable engines available from Chevrolet Performance, a 556hp supercharged LSA powertrain and a race-engineered 476hp 6.2L LSX V8 powertrain. There’s also the ultimate Bathurst weekend for Supercar fans. One person will win a trip to the great race in 2019 with three mates as VIP guests of the Red Bull Holden Racing Team including a meet and greet opportunity with Craig Lowndes.
Then every month from January to June in 2019 there are rides in the 3,500hp ACDelco Pro Slammer Monaro up for grabs.
How can you win? Good news, the promotion is open to both trade and retail customers in Australia and New Zealand.
If you’re in the Automotive Trade, simply enter through the Holden Trade Club’s website (www.holdentradeclub.com.au). Just follow the prompts to enrol in the Power & the Passion competition. Then every $100 (ex GST) you spend on Holden Trade Club parts (including oils, chemicals and batteries) between January 1 and June 30, 2019 will automatically get you an entry into the competition. It’s that simple, the more you buy the greater the chances to win. There are also bonus entries available to trade customers, so jump on the Holden Trade Club website regularly throughout the promo and don’t miss out.
Don’t stress if you’re not a Holden Trade Club member or in the Automotive Trade.
There are multiple ways that you can still enter;
- Spend $100 (ex GST) on Holden Genuine or ACDelco parts from your Holden Dealer or as part of a vehicle service
- Spend $100 (ex GST) or more on an ACDelco battery – from either your Holden Dealer or from an authorized ACDelco Battery reseller;
- Or spend $100 (ex GST) on Chevrolet Performance Parts from Australia’s only authorised reseller Eagle Auto Parts.
Then to ensure you’re in the running, simply jump onto Our Offers page and submit your receipt. Every $100 you spend on Holden Genuine or ACDelco parts will get you an entry.
Want a bonus free entry? You can get a free entry in the competition when you visit the ACDelco stand in the Rare Spares Pavilion at Summernats.