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Ali smashes quarter mile record after record
At just 15 years old, not legally allowed to drive on the public roads as yet, Muhammad Ali took to the Wallerfield international raceway, and fifteen more years later at 30, he’s now the quickest and fastest import drag racer that has represented Trinidad and Tobago winning his first championship event held at Orlando Speed World, Florida.
Recently Ali suffered a minor bump on what would eventually be his finest moment, where he could have broken the world record for the Quickest and Fastest Nissan 4-cylinder in the world, but for a mere mechanical clutch switch that prevented him from progressing to the finals from the first round of eliminations at the Amryland International Raceway, USA . The speedster kept his chin up and gear engaged, returning to Mazworx the week after the event, with his team and himself feeling a sense of unfinished business, as though they were left yearning for betterment.
The team prepared the Nissan S15 Silvia where they checked over the motor, chassis and drivetrain with extreme attention to detail, leaving nothing to chance for that last final moment when the light drops.
Mazworx, the company that built the Nissan SR20 motor, was on point with the safety checks and gave Ali the confidence to sit back in the driver’s seat pass after pass down the quarter mile drag strip. Now back in bucket seat, last week, intent with finishing the year with a bang, Ali and his team once again flew the Red, White and Black, this time at the World Sport Compact Finals event in the USA, which was the last import drag racing event for the year.
Coupled with the engineering work done by Mazworx, was the electronic controls governed by Shane Tecklenburg of Tuned by ShaneT. Shane being the engine management tuner, his main responsibility was producing the right calculations to produce the insane (approximately) 2000+ horsepower from the little 4 cylinder. Along with just making the motor powerful, his more challenging task was applying the power effectively in such a short distance. After much testing, the team was ready for qualifying.
On Saturday 2nd December, Ali completed the qualifying round at number 2 position with the drag import running consistent 6.5 second passes, already bettering the world record 6.685 pass made at Maryland 2 weeks before. Confident as ever, the team was ready for the competition rounds the next day.
Round after round, Ali piloted the Nissan S15 Silvia across the quarter trapping speeds of over 220mph, winning each round progressing him into the finals! It was around 9pm on December 3rd 2017, history was made when Muhammad Ali got back in the driver seat once again, this time in the finals, just like every other race, his cool calm strong sense of composure left him focused on the lights counting down, being extra careful not to jump the gun, the green light lit and off he went, running the S15 Silvia at a 6.50 second pass winning the event, representing T&T.
Muhammad Ali now sits at the quickest and fastest 4-cylinder Nissan in the world, and is only 0.8mph away from the fastest 4-cylinder. So what’s in store in 2018, well, it’s one quarter mile at a time.