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Nitrous-Fed 540ci G-body Malibu: Fastest Cars in the Dirty South

This is the series driving hard into the world of grudge racing, a form of closed-track drag racing emerging as a new standard in this “big engine” sport. Join Eric Malone and Team 256 as they customize, restore, and create the Fastest Cars in the Dirty South. Season 1 is streaming on the MotorTrend App—subscriptions start at $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year after a 14-day free trial offer.

More FCIDS! See Tech Notes and Team 256 Info

Fastest Cars of the Dirty South shows Team 256 as they grudge race across the Southeast. The team got bored with winning, so they created a unique challenge: Beat another team with that team’s slowest car. Team 256 takes the other team’s car home and rebuilds it, and when they meet again, they race for keeps. Either Team 256 wins a new car, or the competition drives away in a better machine than before. This car was Team 256’s first exercise in the crazy experiment. Spoiler alert: They won. Team captain Eric Malone now owns this 1,200hp G-body named “Black Mamba.”

The previous owner, Malcolm Storey, originally wanted to build a dedicated race car, not to be confused with the street car he races. During a visit to the local junkyard he spotted this Malibu on a trailer with no title, engine, or drivetrain, and a $300 price tag. It was the perfect candidate for a track-only race car. He installed a used Mark III 454ci Chevy big-block punched to 468 ci. Backed by a stock-case Powerglide and 8.5-inch GM rearend, the Malibu was a simple performer.

, Nitrous-Fed 540ci G-body Malibu: Fastest Cars in the Dirty South
Jamie Wayne of Rod’s Shop, of Loretto, Tennessee, painted the Malibu before the showdown race in episode 1. The paint scheme was a custom design with a Switchblade Silver stripe down the center and accompanying red pinstripe.

After Malcolm accepted Eric and Team 256’s wager, Team 256 rebuilt the car. “We brought it from a slow piece of crap to what it is today,” Eric said. The suspension has remained stock, but the car received new paint and a 540ci big-block with a 400-shot of nitrous. “Now, it’s a wheelie king. We have a hard time keeping it out of the air.”

Despite Malcolm losing the car, the result has been positive. “Honestly, that whole experience wasn’t bad, because it forced my brother and I to build the other Grand Prix I wanted to build,” Malcolm said. Now, the brothers have matching Grand Prixs, both with mean small-blocks and pearl paint.

Also, and more importantly, Malcolm joined Team 256. “At the end of the pilot episode, they saw me at the track needing some help,” Malcolm said. “They stepped in and helped, and I’ve been welcomed ever since.”

, Nitrous-Fed 540ci G-body Malibu: Fastest Cars in the Dirty South
, Nitrous-Fed 540ci G-body Malibu: Fastest Cars in the Dirty South
The 540ci big-block Chevy starts with a Dart Big M block and a 14:1 compression ratio. The Bullet Cam has a custom grind to it precisely for nitrous. “It’s a [slow] dog without the nitrous,” Eric said. The carburetor is a Gary Williams 1250 Dominator.

Tech Notes
Who: Eric Malone, 46
Occupation: Technical supervisor at PTC
What: “Black Mamba” 1979 Chevy Malibu
Location: Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Episodes: Pilot, 1
Engine: 540ci big-block Chevy; Johnson’s Engines Alan Branch, MS
Rotating Assembly: Eagle rods and crank, JE Pistons
Block: Dart Big M
Compression: 14:1
Cam: Bullet
Top End: Dart 360 by Butler Performance
Power Adder: Nitrous Express fogger 400 shot, NOS Launcher
Power: 1,200 hp on nitrous (estimated)
Suspension: Stock-style with replacement springs, Viking adjustable shocks, BMR antiroll bar
Rear Axle: Quick Performance Ford 9-inch for G-body, 4:10 gears
Drivetrain: PTC Powerglide
Weight: 3,400 pounds with driver
Front Wheels: 15×4 Larry Hodge Racing
Rear Wheels: 15×8 Larry Hodge Racing, race star
Front Tires: 26/4.5-15 Mickey Thompson ET Front
Rear Tires: 275/60R15 Mickey Thompson Pro Bracket Radial
Best Time: Low-5s
Special Thanks: Nitrous Express, Weldon Racing Fuel Pumps, Johnson Farms (local cotton farmers)


, Nitrous-Fed 540ci G-body Malibu: Fastest Cars in the Dirty South

, Nitrous-Fed 540ci G-body Malibu: Fastest Cars in the Dirty South

, Nitrous-Fed 540ci G-body Malibu: Fastest Cars in the Dirty South

, Nitrous-Fed 540ci G-body Malibu: Fastest Cars in the Dirty South

, Nitrous-Fed 540ci G-body Malibu: Fastest Cars in the Dirty South

, Nitrous-Fed 540ci G-body Malibu: Fastest Cars in the Dirty South

, Nitrous-Fed 540ci G-body Malibu: Fastest Cars in the Dirty South

, Nitrous-Fed 540ci G-body Malibu: Fastest Cars in the Dirty South

, Nitrous-Fed 540ci G-body Malibu: Fastest Cars in the Dirty South

, Nitrous-Fed 540ci G-body Malibu: Fastest Cars in the Dirty South

, Nitrous-Fed 540ci G-body Malibu: Fastest Cars in the Dirty South

, Nitrous-Fed 540ci G-body Malibu: Fastest Cars in the Dirty South

, Nitrous-Fed 540ci G-body Malibu: Fastest Cars in the Dirty South

, Nitrous-Fed 540ci G-body Malibu: Fastest Cars in the Dirty South

, Nitrous-Fed 540ci G-body Malibu: Fastest Cars in the Dirty South

, Nitrous-Fed 540ci G-body Malibu: Fastest Cars in the Dirty South

, Nitrous-Fed 540ci G-body Malibu: Fastest Cars in the Dirty South

, Nitrous-Fed 540ci G-body Malibu: Fastest Cars in the Dirty South

, Nitrous-Fed 540ci G-body Malibu: Fastest Cars in the Dirty South

, Nitrous-Fed 540ci G-body Malibu: Fastest Cars in the Dirty South

, Nitrous-Fed 540ci G-body Malibu: Fastest Cars in the Dirty South

 

 

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