Bahrain’s Ebrahim Kanoo of Manama and his E.Kanoo Drag Racing team set the all time quickest and fastest Toyota Supra bodied drag car record during the Bahrain Drag Racing Club Round 3 event at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. The event took place December 21 thru 23 with open practice sessions beginning on the 21st.
Kanoo and his team campaign two Toyota Supra drag race type cars which run in the Outlaw 6 Cylinder category. One Supra, driven by Kanoo himself, features a stock suspension system and chassis which were re-engineered for drag racing while his new creation was engineered from the ground up specifically for drag racing by Titan Motorsports of the United States. It was during practice on the evening of the 21st when the team made history.
EKanoo racing team driver Gary White of the United States launched into the record books as the driver of the worlds quickest and fastest Supra bodied car when he crossed the finishline in 6.461 seconds at a speed over 347 kilometers per hour (215 Miles Per Hour). This run marks the all time quickest and fastest quarter mile passes by a Supra eclipsing team owner Ebrahim Kanoo’s own 7.33 and 195 from the previous Round 2 in Bahrain.
The early success of the new Kanoo machine is at least partly due to the engineering done on the car in the way of power production and management. Chassis and clutch engineer Eric Luzinsky of the United States, is responsible for similar duties on Titan Motorsports’ drag race car in the United States and works hand in hand with calibrator Shane Tecklenburg of the United States who programs the MoTeC Engine Management Systems of both E.Kanoo Racing Vehicles. Between Luzinsky’s expertise (currently holds World’s 6 cylinder turbo ET record in the 1/8 mile at 3.93 seconds and Speed record at 190) and Tecklenburg’s expertise (currently holds World’s all time quickest turbo vehicle of any kind to 1/8 mile 3.82 seconds) they were able to predict to within .008 seconds what the car was capable of in it’s present configuration, writing down 6.469 seconds during the pre event engineer briefing with EKanoo Racing Car Chief Haider Koohzad of Muharraq, Bahrain.
YouTube video of pass.
During qualifying, the team put Gary White on the pole with a 6.71 second e.t. and Kanoo in second position with a 7.61 second e.t. and prepared for eliminations. But eliminations saw a failure of a line lock solenoid which is designed to apply the brakes before the launch, and any hopes of victory for the newly crowned World’s Quickest Supra, roll out the door for White.
Meanwhile Kanoo was given a bye run because his opponent was unable to compete due to damage during qualifications. Kanoo streaked to victory however it was costly and a broken cylinder block slowed the car to just 7.66 at 303 km/h and set the team up for a monumental challenge.
With the broken block in the car and the minutes counting down before the final elimination round. The E.Kanoo team rallied and set to work changing the engine in a remarkable 1 hour and 20 minutes. The feat is particularly noteworthy because the car is still a street type chassis not made for quick or easy removal of the drivetrain like a purpose built drag car.
In the Final Round, Kanoo launched first and never looked back, letting off the throttle at the finish for an easy 7.67 at 285 km/h victory to his opponent’s 8.05
Said Kanoo of the Victory “I am so pleased with my team this weekend. We set a new World Record with the new car, and even if we had that problem with the brakes, it is clear that the car will be back to run even quicker in the future. We were able to get a victory again with my old car and I was the most impressed with my team to change the engine that quickly. Eric, Shane, Gary and Brett White all pitched in to help. We were American’s and Bahraini’s all working side by side for a common goal and we accomplished it. They were like a symphony it was amazing to watch them and I am very proud right now.”
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