Gwinnett County, Georgia
Beat the HEAT
“Racing for Education”
1996 Chevrolet Impala SS
Lifting the hood you will find that the Impala’s original 5.7L Chevy LT-1 engine is suspiciously missing. But, don’t worry, it has been replaced with a very capable 502 c.i. Chevrolet crate motor. After some special attention from some guys who “know a few things about racing,” this power-plant has been dyno-tested to show it is producing a staggering 520 b.h.p. to the crank. Dressed in official-looking decals and a full set of hide-away strobes assisting the LED light bar, this race vehicle looks just as good sitting at a car show as it does screaming down the drag-strip.
With its drag-radials mounted up, this monster runs solid 12-second passes in the 1/4 mile, and battles to put all of it’s power to the track the entire length of the strip.
If your plan is to start an educational program that has the goal of reaching young drivers in a powerful way, you want to build your program around a beast of a car. That is exactly what our Beat the HEAT team has done with our centerpiece vehicle.
The team’s flagship vehicle is a very unique 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS. This monster appears quite tame and stock from the outside, but a closer examination will show that looks are quite deceiving.
This one-of-a-kind drag car has had the opportunity to have several different people stepping on the ‘loud pedal,’ and regardless of who is in the seat, it will lay down consistent low 12-second passes in the ¼ mile.
During the 2011 Beat the Heat World Finals in Chattanooga, TN, a strong semi-final performance was a welcome sight. And at the 2012 Night of Fire at Atlanta Dragway, it once again was muscled to another semi-final performance. Recently dubbed the “Tank of Justice,” eventually this Impala will bring home a win in the name of teen driving safety.