|Hot And Spicy Turbo Regal Recipe|
|"This information represents what worked for the author(s) with their combinations. It may not work for you. Be aware that anytime you increase the performance of your car you run the risk of damage. Be smart about modifications: take them one at a time and keep a close eye on vital tuning indicators such as knock counts, O2 volts and RPM. This Recipe assumes you are using adequate octane RACING fuel for best performance. -editor"|
|Here's "the Recipe" again for the new members to the list ... I've published this several times over the years, including in my local GSCA chapter newsletter. This may answer some of the FAQs (see the FAQ file also). If you apply the recipe and use an OTC or TurboLink to tune with, you should get a high 10 to low/mid 11 car.|
|Purpose of the Recipe|
|This recipe is intended for 1986 and 1987 Turbo Regals. A similar recipe for 1984 and 1985 Turbo Regals can be found in the Archives.
The Recipe is intended to make a reliable, comfortable, and fast street car. You will notice throughout that streetability and comfort were not significantly compromised. There may be some performance to be had with things such as skinny front runner tires, ladder bars, fenderwell dump pipes, and other such items, but they are not part of the Recipe. Again, the intention is to have a stock appearing, comfortable street car that will drive to the track (with the cruise, A/C and stereo on), bolt on the slicks, pour in the good gas, crank off some 11s and then drive home again. All this while getting 22+ mpg and not beating your kidneys into submission. My car is stock appearing in the engine compartment (except for the shiny chrome stuff) and uses the same GNX style Enkei wheels for the slicks as I do on the street, thus maintaining the appearance that the car has on the street.
My friend Chuck routinely runs 11.ohs @122 (best of 10.95 @ 123+) with a basically identically prepared grey Regal. His car is about 200 pounds lighter than mine (mine is a T-Top GN with every option and weighs in at about 3650 pounds). My car has seemed to be a consistent 11.30 car with a best of 11.21 @ 121.409. I think it may have another tenth or two in it with a better launch. These times are all at 1400 feet altitude.
The point of all this? It is important to tune out things on these cars ... combination is everything. These cars are very sensitive to combinations ... identical cars can varying several tenths just in the way they are tuned. All the below recommendations assume that the car has the basic meticulous tune up... i.e., new plugs, wires, O2 sensor, IAC is clean, everything is clean and tight. Check out the Spring Cleaning Guide for how to get started with the "Basics".
|The following "recipe" makes one low/mid eleven second (high 10) Turbo Regal. Serve hot and smoking to Mustangs, Chevelles, and Camaros. Sprinkle lightly with assorted trailered race cars for added enjoyment. Makes one very streetable Hot Turbo Regal.
Start with one Turbo Regal (color optional). If you pick a base car with very few options and less weight, it will take less time to "cook" down the track. To prepare for this spicy recipe, a Posi-traction rear end carrier is a must.
The VERY FIRST thing to do is to make sure the car is performing at it's peak in STOCK form! That means a thorough maintenance job should be performed before any modifications are made. This includes changing the oil with a good synthetic 10W-30, 5W-30, 5W-50 and a GOOD filter with the anti-drainback valve. Also, replace the plugs with AC R43TS plugs gapped at 0.035" for 13 to 14 second cars and AC R42TS plugs gapped for 0.035" for 12 second and faster cars. For specific hints and part numbers, refer to the Spring Cleaning discussion.
Baseline your stock combination at the track if possible. A strong running turbo Regal will run 14.30-14.60 1/4 mile times. Several factors, such as gas quality, weather, traction, and car weight can affect this, but as long as the car is in this range or better, it should be ready for the following Recipe: