Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Unlimited Grass Track Racer - #SS11 Xtreme Chevrolet

It is a great privilege to get down and dirty on the 11th Day of Christmas with Adrian Turners eye popping Unlimited Class 10 #SS11 Xtreme Chevrolet grass track racer built in 2009.

State of the art Xtreme Race Car chassis have been built in Somerset by South Somerset Autograss Club founder members and regular race winners John Gay and Russ Shepherd since 2006.

Adrian Turner a building contractor started racing in 1984 and qualified for the 2010 Nationals with this car.

The National Autograss Sport Association (NASA) Class 10 is for open wheel vehicles with motors over 2065 cc / 126 cui with no limits on the tuning. Adrian's car is fitted with an all aluminium (US pronunciation) 5,665 cc / 345.7 cui LS6 engine more usually found at home in the front of a Chevrolet Corvette.

Lighter than a Formula One car at 600 kgs / 1323 lb and with around 480 hp at the rear wheels transmitted by a two speed gear box the #SS11 Xtreme Chevrolet is capable of over 100 miles an hour on 1/4 mile muddy grass tracks thanks to the grip afforded by 15 inches of rear suspension travel.

Sadly soon after I took my photographs of the #SS11 Xtreme Chevrolet it was badly damaged by crash barriers after a roll while in the hands of one of Adrian's friends, thankfully no one was hurt. Adrian plans to rebuild the chassis around a smaller engine with a FIAT Seicento body.

I'd like to thank Tim Street of Rebel Racers for his assistance and the last photo in this blog and Adrian for his time, I am sure you will join me in wishing them both the best of luck for the season ahead, I look forward to catching Tim and Adrian at the first grass track meeting of the year at Oak Tree Arena on the 20th of March.

Hope you have enjoyed today's grass roots edition of 'Getting a lil' psycho on tyres' and that you'll hop aboard with me tomorrow on the 12th and final day of Christmas for a ride on an icon from London. Don't forget to come back now !


  1. If you're going to use the US pronunciation, then you should use the US spelling, aluminum. It's a shame that we don't speak proper English over here in the colonies. ;o

  2. This IS dirty! Sorry to read of its demise.

    It kinda reminded me of the Price is Right game show when the opening door would reveal "A Dune Buggy!!!"

    This is far cooler, but that's where my mind wandered...

  3. Thanks for the Webster's spelling Racer 187 :-)

    I don't think they gave anything more glamourous away on the Price is Right than a Mini Metro in the UK Chief, the Dune buggy I could get excited about :-)


  4. There is not enough tea in China to get me to set foot in a rocket ship like that!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    And I like fast cars.
    John Aibel

  5. I imagine it's a bit like stepping into a Formula Ford car for the first time, suddenly you realise you are not surrounded by much and your going very fast which completely strips away any sense of security one might get from a regular road car.

    I guess if you grow up on motor bikes and or karts from a young enough age there is very little to worry about .

    I love tea and fast cars so it would not take much to convince me to give it a whirl John :-)

  6. If it's good in the snow I'll take one.

  7. I am sure we can arrange to have it converted into a tracked vehicle for a 'small' fee JC