Rob Parsons, aka Chairslayer, put the NASCAR “stock” car to the test in the Colorado mountains, which has a LS3 V8 under the hood and turbocharger.
The Pikes Peak International Hillclimb draws a massive range of vehicles every year that hope to set new records on the strenuous torture test. This year, famous entrants included a Tesla Model 3 that was doing great before a spectacular crash, plus a Porsche 935 piloted by famed driver Jeff Zwart. But another incredible build for Pikes Peak has now become the feature of the newest video from the Hoonigan Autofocus YouTube channel and this time, it’s not some tire-shredding drifter that tries to spin the wheels as inefficiently as possible, it’s a NASCAR Chevy that received a bolt-on turbo and hand controls so that paraplegic driver Rob Parsons, aka Chairslayer, could put it to the test in the Colorado mountains.
Built For Speed
Parsons suffered an accident in 2011 while riding a dirt bike that shattered his legs, punctured a lung, and severed his spine. At age 25, the former drifter, BMX rider, and motocross competitor found himself paralyzed — but he didn’t give up on his dreams of getting back into extreme sports, and also founded the Chairslayer Foundation to inspire others to push the bounds of their mobility. In this case, Parsons helped develop the hand controls that allow him to pilot the car.
Under The Hood
The car is a 2010 Chevrolet SS stock car — that “stock” moniker being something of a joke, as are all NASCAR racers — with an LS3 V8 under the hood, to which Parsons added a Garrett turbocharger. With two intercoolers and a drive-by-wire throttle body, the NASCAR powerplant certainly keeps things simple and effective, with about 550 horsepower to the wheels on a dyno, though Parsons states in the video that some additional tuning for efficiency might be in the books.
Throw in aggressively adjustable suspension that allows for extreme camber adjustment and even fore-aft wheel placement, and the car should be quite capable on the hill. Unfortunately, the run was cut short — watch the video to check out Parsons’ impressive hand-control system and see what happened to his attempt.
Sources: youtube.com and chairslayer.org.
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