Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Don Garlits & Johnny Lightning

Don Garlits has been racing Drag Pack Challengers for awhile now but last year at SEMA he debuted his new Drag Pack 800HP drag strip king. Wow! When I spoke to Don about the car I just jumped at the chance at replicating in the Johnny Lightning line. Garlits was the first drag racer to officially surpass the 170mph, 180mph, 200mph, 240mph, 250mph, 260mph, and 270mph marks in the quarter mile. I think Don's recent racing career needed to be officially recognized in diecast and we think this a great way to salute him.

Tom Zahorsky
Senior Design Manager
Johnny Lightning

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Johnny Lightning & Cherry Bomb

Johnny Lightning will teaming this year to release a replica of Cherry Bomb's "Disturbing the Peace" 1968 Project Camaro. It blends today's radical technology with 60's Muscle. We are pretty excited to be working with such a great brand that shares the same passion for muscle cars as we do. Hoping to include this Camaro in Forever 64 release 22.
Below are the specs on this beast!

Engine: Mast Motorsports

GM LSX 427ci V-8

830 hp with 10 pounds of boost and 93 octane

Transmission: American Powertrain

Modified Tremec T56 Magnum

Brakes: Baer

GP six-piston calipers, 14” discs, front;

Four-piston T4 calipers, 13” rotors, rear; Hydratech

Hydra Boost assist, Wilwood master cylinder

Wheels: Year One

Prototype slot mag, 18x8, front; 18x12 rear

Tires: Nitto

245/40R18 NT555, front;

345/30R18 NT55-R Extreme Drag, rear

Exhaust: Cherry Bomb

4” Glasspack side pipes, 3” dual exhaust,

Vortex Mufflers, and custom electronic cutouts

Tom Zahorsky
Senior Design Manager
Johnny Lightning