Toyota's 2JZ straight-six power plant is regarded as one of the best six cylinder engines ever made. With the ability to produce well into four-digit horsepower territory with reliability to boot, it's hard not to like.
Normally you'd find some sort of small- or big-block engine variant crammed behind the driver of a Competition Eliminator dragster, but not Brian Fitzpatrick. "I blow away V8s all the time," laughs Fitzpatrick. "Anyone can go out there and build a typical V8 power plant - we wanted to do something different."
The team bought the dragster in late 2006 and started with a stock 2JZ block and crank configuration. Once it was sorted out, it ran consistent 6.50s during the NOPI and NHRA Sport Compact drag racing days. Once sport compact drag racing died as a whole, Fitzpatrick made the move to NHRA Competition Eliminator.
"It's evolved from a stick-shift dragster to an automatic," states Fitzpatrick. "We've been playing with stators and converters to get it to leave properly. Currently, the engine is running around 56-58 pounds of boost with the goal of running 100 psi once it's all figured out. We don't want to kill it right out of the box"
EKanoo Racing recently broke the 2JZ quarter mile record with their FT86 Pro Import entry with a 5.89 at 241 mph. While that's a very respectable time, a dragster carries a smaller footprint and is considerably lighter. Fitzpatrick has already gone 6.22 at 226 mph back in 2010 with an older combination, but can he now pick up four tenths of a second to take over the 2JZ world record? Well, it all starts at the heart of any vehicle - the engine.
"Our goal is to be the first import dragster into the 5s and then we want to go for the import world record that we once held for four years," exclaims Fitzpatrick.
Go Billet or Go Home
The Mazworx billet 2JZ block is the hot ticket to make big power and is the same block the EKanoo Racing team uses. Previously, Fitzpatrick had accomplished the original 2010 record on a stock block, but it has its limitations - especially when it comes to weight, cylinder head clamping force, and cracking the block under extreme cylinder pressures. A 3.2-liter configuration with Darton sleeves was chosen due to previous stock of TRD-spec Bryant billet crankshafts.
Rods of choice are aluminum GRPs while JE Pistons and rings handle the ludicrous amount of cylinder pressure created by the Garrett GTX 5533R 98mm turbo. "Since we run a lot of boost, we called up JE to build us a set of forged 2618 alloy pistons that could handle our power," explained Fitzpatrick.
An SCE copper gasket borders between the block and fully worked 2JZ head by Xtreme Cylinder Head. ARP's high quality, half-inch L19 head studs secure the head to the billet block. A Titan Motorsports direct port nitrous kit is fitted to the Plazmaman 12-injector intake manifold and is only there to help spool the turbo.
More to Come
When we asked Brian what it's like to stage and drive his dragster, he explained, "I go up on a mini 2-step first when I stage the car into the first bulb. As soon as the motor comes up on boost, I grab the transbrake and roll into the second bulb. When the light drops, we're making 35 pounds of boost and the ride is on. It pulls some serious G-forces - it puts you back in your seat!"
Keep an eye on Brian Fitzpatrick as he attempts to reclaim the sport compact ET record!