PCC racecar beats Lamborghini Aventador
On April 27, PCC Automotive participated in their favorite recruiting event at SRCA Dragstrip in Great Bend. Instructor, car owner and driver Daryl Lucas, along with PCC auto students entered their race car, which was built 100 percent by the students, in the weekly test-and-tune.
The event takes place on Friday nights at the oldest dragstrip in the state.
The first competition of the night matched PCC’s 2004 Super Gas Ford Mustang against a 2012 Lamborghini Aventador in a heads-up style drag race. Despite 700 horsepower, the Lamborghini was no match for the Mustang with a modest 550 home made horsepower. Lucas owned the quarter-mile dragstrip blowing through the finish line nearly a full second faster than the Italian supercar.
As always, the PCC car drew a crowd with 10 current PCC students, two alumni from Wichita and Lyons, and many other spectators at the track. “After watching our car race, I can honestly say I’m proud to be a PCC Auto student.” said Sage Boman, sophomore from Haviland. About 60 other competitors entered the test-and-tune on Friday, and more for the points race Saturday.
Track officials were eager to see PCC and the Mustang again, greeting them with: “Were have you guys been?”
According to PCC instructor, Greg Bacon, SRCA Dragstrip is arguably the finest dragstips in Kansas, is mainly run by volunteers, and one of the track’s main goals is to promote motorsports to youth.
“The Mustang’s a blast, but we can’t wait to get our Camaro done so we can race them against each other,” Lucas said, referring to PCC’s current project, a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro.
Like the Mustang, the Camaro is hand-built by PCC Auto students and is pulling 850 horsepower, thanks mostly to PCC Auto alumni Matt Picolet, employed by Advanced Engine Machine in Salina.
“With 550 horsepower, our Mustang will take the quarter-mile in 10.2 seconds at 131 mph… and we can make it faster. I can’t wait to see what 850 horsepower will do. Talk about an attention getter! Now that’s a recruiting tool,” Bacon said.
To watch the video of the race, check out PCC Auto’s Facebook page.