The Hardware
The foundation for the White Knuckle Ride is a 1965 Karmann Ghia, weighing in at 1950 pounds that went through a complete pan off rebuild (See "The Plan") with an RLR roll cage and rolling on M&H tires and American Racing TrakStars, 15 X 8 rear and spindle mount front. Suspension features a Mike Lawless built 2" narrower chrome moly beam in front, with a Mike Lawless built custom trailing arm, IR suspension out back with QA1 coil-overs, 930 Porsche CV joints and adjustable shocks at all corners.

Inside is a Kirkey seat, genuine Hurst shifter, and a CNC staging brake. The electrics are controlled by an ARC switch panel.

Stopping after a run is handled by Wilwood discs front and rear.

The Engine • 2332cc, Blown & Injected on Methanol

This particular engine is based on the new CB Performance "Raised Roof" aluminum case. The internals include an 84mm Scat flanged crank with Pauter chevy journal rods, a CB cam is installed a little advanced, with a set of CB lite weight race lifters, and Bugpack straight cut timing gears. The pistons are Wiseco 94s with .060 deck including .060 copper head gaskets. The heads are CB CNC Competition Eliminators, prepared by Pat Downs at CB Performance, with about 9.5-1compression ratio. Valves are CB titanium 48mm intakes and 40mm exhaust. K-Motion K-800 valve springs are used with 200 lbs on the seat and 450 open pressure. The Pauter roller tip rockers are advertised at 1.5. The crank pulley is CB BILLET pulley. The Waterman fuel pump is driven off the end of an Autocraft Stage and a half oil pump, which pulls oil from a CB 4 quart deep sump.. Also installed is a steel lightweight flanged flywheel along with a J&G floater clutch with a four puck disc and a Mike Lawless Built exhaust system. The induction is a T3/T4 hybrid turbo, with mechanical injection set up to run on alky. The ignition is all MSD, using their mag pick-up distributor, 8.5mm wires and 7AL2 box, with a two-step rev limiter for launching the car.

Thanks to Rick Tomlinson, Pat Downs and the entire CB crew, and Marty Staggs of Turbo Smart for their valuable assistance with this project!

The Transaxle

Built Tough by Rancho Performance Transaxles

The trans is a type 2 bus unit built by Rancho Transmissions in Fullerton. It features a Weddle 4.57 ring & pinion with spool and a 3.11, 1.93, 1.30 and 0.93 gearset. It uses the Berg intermediate housing allowing the use of a type 1 shift housing for super slick shifts and also features a gusseted case. Finally for 2010, we made the switch to IRS with 930 Porsche CVs and Mark Williams axles, eliminating the Folts swing axles.

This trans has been virtually bulletproof with no failures of any kind since its installation. For the first freshening done after three seasons and 230 runs, Mike Herbert replaced the ring and pinion because it was showing a few hairline cracks. THAT is good service out of a trans in anyone's book!

Thanks Mike and Rancho for building us a trans that we can depend on.