Redonkulous: Alan Robinson’s Wild 11-Second Drag Week Impala Wagon

Drag Week is packed with racers trying to prove they have the fastest street cars in the world, but it’s also become home to some very interesting combinations trying to go fast. One of the more attention-grabbing rides of the 2017 edition of Drag Week was Alan Robinson’s 1978 Chevy Impala Wagon and its unique stance. This heavy Chevy was rolling on 26-inch wheels and rocking a healthy dose of boosted LSX power under the hood that rocketed Robertson into the 11-second zone.

Robinson’s original plans for Drag Week didn’t include his freak show wagon, but since his usual racecar wasn’t ready, he didn’t want to miss his opportunity to participate in the week-long horsepower adventure. Under the hood of the wagon is your average iron-block LQ4 engine that has been upgraded with ARP head studs and a turbo-friendly camshaft. Feeding the fuel to the engine is a set of 80-pound injectors, while the BorgWarner S475 turbo forces all the boosted air into an Edelbrock intake.

The wagon usually rolls on a full set of 26-inch Blade wheels that weigh nearly 100 pounds each, but to make the car hook better at the track Robinson swapped the giant rear wheels for a set of 15-inch hoops that wore some sticky Mickey Thompson rubber. As you can imagine a car with this unique stance is a handful to drive, and having to column shift the Turbo 400 transmission makes it even more interesting.

Check out this great footage from our friends at 1320Video that shows how gnarly this car is to wheel, and it ripping off a best pass of 11.55 at 121 mph while weighing in at 4,720 pounds!

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Brian Wagner

Spending his childhood at different race tracks around Ohio with his family’s 1967 Nova, Brian developed a true love for drag racing. When Brian is not writing, you can find him at the track as a crew chief, doing freelance photography, or beating on his nitrous-fed 2000 Trans Am.
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