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one reason for trekking all the way to Trinidad's only raceway, Wallerfield,
every month to see drag racing.
by Rawle Francis and Nebert Marin
Photography by Rawle Francis
Owner Ryan Garcia
the SKF lancer in action obviously.
In local parlance, imagine a normal Mitsubishi Galant, 2000 cc engine
producing over 500 hp. Close to impossible????? Not for the team at SKF
Racing. The miracle boy Ryan Garcia and his team have been consistently
breaking local and regional records with a 4G63 BT engine.
mom is not too keen on his racing, his dad Brendan is the driving force
behind the team. Their serious and professional approach to the sport
is admired by many race fans and even other race teams.
SKF Racing is one of the best examples of the benefits of motorsport sponsorship.
Not a single fan knows the car by any other name but "The SKF Lancer",
a sponsor's dream come true. It is a little known fact but many of this
team's fans have actually tried the sponsor's products and continue to
use them. Team SKF Racing have shown just how to build a loyal fan base.
is over 4 years old. The car was built by Daryl Gittens of Trinidad Race
Products. Marc Bhikarry eventually completed the chassis work with Randy
Gibbon building the engine. Today David Andrews and Randy Gibbon provide
all the technical and electrical expertise.
SKF lancer has steadily improved E.T. times over the years from 11.6 seconds
to a record best of 8.943 seconds @ 146.57mph. Granted the vehicle is
a record breaking machine in its own right, much of the credit must be
awarded to the driver. At the most recent drag event held in Wallerfield,
Ryan demonstrated to all, his supernatural driving abilities to which
he credits the Frank Hawley Racing School in Pomona, California. After
losing traction at the rear slicks, he was able to correct a 90 degree
broad-slide 3/4 way down the strip under high boost. Ryan claims he was
totally calm the entire time and was thankful to the Lord that he finally
got the car through the traps safely. Employing the pedal to the metal
technique, Ryan was able to successfully make the correction. If he were
to simply back-off as an inexperienced driver might, his G-Force sequential
gearbox would have automatically neutralized thus causing the car to lose
and.phpirations does Ryan have for this car? "There is always something
in the works" says Ryan "but I intend to compete at 'The Battle
of the Imports (USA) by 2001'."
Will Be There. Stay Tuned
2000cc DOHC 16 Valve
by Russ Engineering, Miami.
Head fitted with custom stainless steel valve
HKS 264degree Camshafts
AEM Vernier Gears
0.030" (85 mm bore)
J.E. Forged Pistons 0.030" over
Total Seal Rings (chrome face top rings)
Crower Connecting Rods & Bolts
Stock Crank Shaft
ARP Head Studs
ARP Crank Studs
Balance Shafts Removed
Stock Oil Pump
Max RPM 8,500
T6 6 Turbo ( Secret Specs)
Rear End, Ford 9" 4.8 ratio
XS Engineering Intercooler
Turbonetics Race Gate
Mc Cloud Clutch, 10" adjustable single disc
Island Empire Aluminum Drive-Shaft
Rear Slicks - 31 x 14 -15
Front tyres - 4.5 x 24.5 -15
Weldon Fuel Pump
SX Fuel Pressure Regulator
Harwood Fuel Cell
Digital System) by Racetech in Canada
Model- EM-2 Fuel Management
Sensor (not used)
4 x 930cc. R.C. Engineering Injectors
Hall Sensor Magnet crank trigger.
Fuel and Ignition handled by ECU (adjusted by hand held programmer)
Crane HI-6DI2 Ignition with optional manual retard for nos.
Moroso 11mm Ignition Wires
NGK R6254E-9 Plugs
Chief:- David Andrews
E.T 8.943 @ 146.57 mph
60ft @ 1.384 sec's.
Thanks to His Sponsers:
United Bearings (SKF), United Coatings (Hempel) and Parts World.