Regular readers will recognize the name Legendary Motorcar from our series on the Essex Wire Cobra. The really sharp ones among you already know that Legendary is the home of Dream Car Garage on Speed TV. These guys are serious about cars.
While Legendary got their start restoring Shelby’s close to 30 years ago, their reputation for quality, hands on work has led to all sorts of interesting projects. One of the more recent builds was the Super Cuda. How super was this Cuda? Well, just about 6 weeks ago, work began on stripping down the rusty shell of a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda. The goal was to give it a full restoration, shoehorn in a twin turbo Viper V-10 and break the 200 mph barrier before filming began on the last episode of DCG.
Not only was there the small task of actually building the car, but they also had to find a suitable venue on pretty short notice. Fortunately as we know, there are some rather influential gearheads at Chrysler these days and they offered up the high bank test track at Chrysler’s Chelsea proving grounds.
On December 1st, Peter Klutt and the rest of the Legendary crew were joined at Chelsea with Mike Louli, hubby of our friend Nika at Racerchicks. Mike, an experienced Ferrari Challenge driver, brought along his Ferrari Enzo as a rabbit to see if Klutt could peddle the Mopar muscle as fast as he hoped.
Did I mention the Super Cuda puts out more than 1,000 horsepower?
It is also about as aerodynamic as a brick.
You’ll have to watch the video after the break to see how the whole deal panned out, but one quote from Klutt is too good to pass on:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“above 200 the CudaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ was running out of aero and I was running out of cohonesÃ¢â‚¬Â