Street Outlaws’ Chuck Parker Debuts his new EFI Injected, Screw-Blown, No Prep ’55 Chevy.
A mainstay in the “Street Outlaws” series since its inception, Chuck Parker definitely made some noise on the no-prep circuit with his bright red 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air. Now, Parker is twinning as he recently doubled down with a second ’55 Chevy and revealed a clone of the original – but the newest one is sporting a screw-blown combination instead of Parker’s traditional big-cubic-inch nitrous engine.
Parker commissioned the team at Larry Jeffers Race Cars (LJRC) to construct the double framerail ’55 Chevy chassis, certified to run as quick as 6.0-seconds in the 1/4-mile, under the all-steel body. He and his crew, Fred and Jeff, completed the build from there.
Next, having stuck with his trademark platform, Parker knew he would need to build a boosted combination instead. Given that his “OG car” was supercharged and he’s partial to the power adder, he opted to go back to a blown car. “Plus, it just screams ‘America,’” he affirmed of the nostalgic aesthetic.
Parker opted to go with a full electronic fuel injection setup, as opposed to traditional mechanical injection, and worked with EFI Technology to get the system set up. “It’s the same computer we use in the nitrous car and we stuck with it because we’re already so familiar with it,” noted the man who admittedly had to overcome a learning curve to build the new fuel maps and timing curve required for the new configuration and combination.
Although Parker was partial to the Rossler Turbo 400 transmissions that he uses in his other cars, he decided to test out something else for the new car and selected a Liberty five-speed matched with a Quick Drive torque converter unit.The newest ’55 in Parker’s fleet still rolls on the usual big slick tires, and Penske shocks help keep it firmly planted.
Parker has had the new ’55 out so far in the 2022 NPK season. Although he and his crew have been testing very diligently, they have still paid dues to the new car blues. However, Parker feels that the screw blower was still the right choice. While racing at “No Prep Kings” in Houston, Texas, he “figured out some stuff” and was feeling pretty positive about how the rest of the season would progress.
The Fuel injection, Ignition and Blower Injection systems are all controlled by the EFI Technology R16 ECU.
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