Since 2002, Thailand’s race enthusiasts have been able to count on one event each and every year – Souped up Thailand Records. Hosted by Thai automotive magazine XO Autosport, this year’s event brought in vehicles of all types, including FWD Hondas, AWD Nissans, full fledged open-wheel dragsters, and even a group of purpose-built drag trucks to light up the track. Eight and nine-second passes were the norm and though Thailand doesn’t prep their track the same way that, say, the U.S. or Japan might, the times remained impressive throughout the entire event.
The longest running annual drag race event in Thailand, many of the locals gear up throughout the year in preparation for the multi-day, multi-weekend event. On the weekend of February 18th, our triggerman Chad Burdette, a long-term transplant from Atlanta, Ga., was at the two-day qualifying event and captured some of the action for us. The event finals take place the following weekend, about five hours north of Bangkok at Buriram United Dragster Track. And while Chad couldn’t make it to the finals, the accompanying photos give you a good idea of just how wild the cars that participate really are. Massive turbos, controversial engine swaps, and full tube-frame fabrications – this event literally has it all.
A fully-built, twin-turbo 1UZ V8 lives under the hood of this Toyota SUV and pounds out 700whp.
Smoke show courtesy of a tube-frame chassis Supra.
The purpose-built dragsters that competed had no problem putting on a show for the fans.
This Toyota-powered Skyline will either make you really excited, or really angry.
Pick-up truck drag racers, like this boosted Mitsubishi, made a strong showing at the qualifying event.
You won’t typically see a fireball blasting this size blasting from a 4AG, and in this case, it’s due to the fact that this Corolla is rotary powered!
It’s a tight fit for the SR mill along, but add the Turbonetics snail and additional components and it’s even tighter.
One of two carbon-bodied, tube frame chassis R35s competing.