LSR Project
The Herbert Land Speed Record Project
Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

Why are you building this car?

NHRA Top Fuel Drag Racer Doug Herbert and his dad, Racing Hall of Famer, Chet Herbert, decided to build the car to make a serious attempt to break the land speed record.

How did Doug Herbert & Ray Evernham get together on this project?

Doug and Ray have been friends for years and after Doug and his dad, Chet made the decision to build the car, Doug told Ray about the car. Ray thought it was a great idea and came over to Doug's shop and decided he wanted to be involved in the LSR project. Doug feels if it wasn't for Ray, the LSR project would not be coming together nearly as fast as it is, nor would it have gotten the attention that it has received. Ray was instrumental in Dodge's involvement in the project and having Dodge Viper engines power the LSR car.

When will the Herbert-Evernham car be racing?

We hope to race the car in August of 2010 during Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah.

Who is going to drive the car?

Doug Herbert, NHRA Top Fuel drag racer, will drive the car. Herbert was the second drag racer to break the 300mph mark and has driven over 300 mph numerous times since. He currently has a top speed of over 330mph in the 1/4 mile.

Where will you test the car?

We hope to test the car in Maxton, N.C., at an old airfield where the East Coast Timing Association holds meets.

When will the car be ready to race?

We plan to race the car at the Bonneville Salt Flats in August of 2010.

What kind of engine will the car have in it?

The car will have two ProCharger Supercharged Dodge Viper V-10 engines.

How much power will the car have?

The car will have two engines making over 2,000HP each, so 4,000HP total.

What class will the car compete in?

The car will compete in the Unlimited Streamliner Class and we hope to set the Ultimate Wheel-Driven record as well.

Where is the car being built and who is involved with the project?

The car is being built at Doug Herbert Performance Parts and race shop in Lincolnton, N.C. Herbert has assembed a team of professionals including NASCAR Championship Crew Chief Ray Evernham and H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, a legendary motorsports promoter who has past experience with land speed record projects.

What kind of tires will you use on the car?

We will use special landspeed tires made by Mickey Thompson Tires. The whole car is designed around these special tires, created specifically for cars that run at high speeds at the Salt Flats. The car will be driven by all four wheels.

What kind of transmission will the car have?

The car will have two 5-speed, electronically shifted Jerico Racing Transmissions. Tilton Engineering is making special low profile bellhousings and clutches for the car.

How long is the Bonneville course and at what point during the course do they measure your speed?

It is an eight-mile course; four miles to get up to speed and then the measured mile between the fourth and fifth mile. Competitors have three miles to slow down. To set the FIA Internatioonal Record, Herbert must reach a new record going both ways, not just one way, all in less than an hour.

Since all fluid tanks (water, gas, oil, etc.) are only big enough to hold enough fluids for one run, the car will have to pit during that hour as well.

What safety features will the car have?

The wheel wells in the car will be constructed of heavy ballistic material to keep the tires from destroying the car in the event of a tire failure. The driver's compartment on the car will be similar to a Top Fuel Dragster, it will be a complete safety capsule with a fire system and three high-speed parachutes. The frame is contructed of heavy steel channel, and is reinforced with steel tubing and other exotic materials supplied by Stock Car Steel.

What happens if the race rains out?

We will wait until the race is called off. If necessary, we will return to compete in 2011.

Where do you find all the parts for this car?

Almost every part of the car is custom made. Many of the parts are being produced at Doug Herbert Performance in Lincolnton, N.C.

What are the dimensions of the car?

The car is about 40 feet long, 26 inches tall and 34 inches wide. It has a 280-inch wheel base and will sit only one inch off the ground at speed.

Considering the torque these two engines will be developing, will they both be rotating in the same direction? Summers Bros. had the front and third rotating in the same direction. The second and fourth rotating in the other direction.

The engines will both be standard rotation, but they will be nose-to-nose, therefore they will be rotating opposite directions. The engines will be linked togther with a custom made gearbox manufactured at our shop here in North Carolina.

Who is the current record holder?

The current record for a piston-powered vehicle, the record that Herbert hopes to beat, is 415.896 mph. That record was set by Tom Burkland in September 2008. The current record for a wheel-driven vehicle is 458 mph, achieved by the late Don Vesco in 2001.

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