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    Joel Grannas


Mission accomplished! FIRST HPATTERN STICK CAR TO RUN 6 SECONDS - 6.90 @ 194 MPH

Orange man bad Supra 6 second quarter mile

After 11 years of 6speed drag racing, this is a defining moment in not only my history but also world history. There has never been any other H-Pattern stick car to get into the 6 second zone... and I am still in shock that we were able to do it.

We have made such incredible progress over the past 18 months with this car. We got it all started by running 7.68 @ 200 with a standard diaphragm clutch. Then about 6 months later 7.20 @ 206 and 7.17 @ 207 in Florida. Then in March 2020 at TX2K we ran 7.05 @ 207 (twice), and a 7.00 @ 208. The 7.00 pass took the overall Stick/Hpattern record from Boostin Perfomance's Eclipse, the infamous Red Demon. There are a lot of other good, low 7 passes in the mix but I am just covering the highlights.

Now with this 6.90 @ 194 pass under our belt we have become the first ever H-Pattern stick car to run in the 6 second zone. YES... 194 MPH, the car actually shut off at the 1000-1100' mark, so there was room for more ET on this pass. We are still investigating the cause but it is something electrical.

Grannas Racing 6 second quarter mile stick shift 6speed t56 tremec

As I write this, I still can not believe we were able to do this... A year ago I would have never thought this was possible, but with a lot of determination and the best team out there all of the stars lined up and we got that "perfect" pass.

Here is a quick rundown of the car:
Grannas GR2500 billet (Bullet) Engine package
Grannas GR1000F Supra T56 Magnum kit (Liberty faceplated 1-4, Browell Bellhousing)
Grannas Ultimate IRS rear subframe, Ultimate anti-roll bar, Ultimate LCA setup
Precision Chassis Inc. 25.5 chassis
MOTEC "ProDRAG" M150 by Prospeed Autosports / Chris Delgado
The Driveshaft Shop 9" rear with carbon fiber driveshaft
Precision Promod Turbo (102mm)
VWR Promod manifold spec'd by me
Headgames head
GSC cams
Boninfante Adjustable Titanium clutch
MT 28x10.5 Pro Bracket Radials


Below: Grannas Racing's 2JZ Engine setupgrannas racing orange supra engine 2jz

I always said watch out if I built a "real" race car... Previously I was too caught up in trying to be a street car. I did well, but nothing like this car does. My white car previous best was 8.17 @ 183 on a SYNCHRO manual, which is no small feat... But the orange car was brought to life and developed for one mission. 

The car got the name "Orange Man Bad" because I set out to do one thing, defy all odds, overcome IRS suspension, and 183 cubes... and go all the way to the White House... The "Commander in Chief" of all stick cars.

Below: The complete chassis under the skin, 95% of the stock unibody remains

While I say the car is a "race car" at the same time, it actually is kind of simple setup. It is still using all the factory suspension pickup points, and it retains the the IRS rear suspension just reinforced with my tubular "Ultimate IRS" rear subframe setup. It is NOT a solid axle, back halved or a 3/4 chassis car. It is a factory unibody car, still has the factory floor, frame rails, factory body (doors/fenders/hood/hatch/front bumper are carbon fiber bolt-on replacements) reinforced with 25.5 chassis and a tubular front end. The chassis and body itself is 100% still a MKIV Supra. The car weighs 3000# with driver. These cars are heavy in factory form, 3600#.... so it is not a featherweight like some people think.

Below: Grannas Racing Ultimate IRS Rear suspension system


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Thank you to all the people involved in this! Especially my tuner Chris Delgado who just has a complete passion for helping guys like me achieve their goals... Hands down the best tuner I have worked with, and just an all around great guy. I also have to give a BIG THANKS to my chassis guy Doug Kline at Precision Chassis. He  took my crazy chassis ideas (IRS) and turned it into a reality. This car/chassis is a dream build for me and I would not do it any other way.

My crew/team Rob Courtney, DJ Hoover, Justin, Lude and all others who help on and off! My wife for putting up with these wild dreams!
Chris Delgado / Zachary Park and the rest of the PROSPEED team!
Precision Chassis, Doug Kline, Jeff Moyer, and team
Brian Roche at Roche Racing Engines
Liberty Gears, Brad and the rest of the team!
Driveshaft Shop - Lee, Tad, Frank and everyone else!
Precision Turbo and Engine
David Localio and his team at Headgames Motorwerks
Fuel Injector Clinic
Precision Racing Suspension / Adam Lambert
Buck Performance
Dana at Virtual Works Racing
Tremec Transmissions
Joel Levy at RaceSpec
Jason Schmuck - Schmuck Built LLC
Neal Young for the alignment work
Browell Bellhousing
Boninfante Friction
Wade Rich, Jason Miller, and all the other track guys who put in a ton of work to make this car hook.

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    Joel Grannas