Rapom V8: Road legal drag-machine equipped with a 1.200Hp 8.2 V8 Mopar engine

And to think that there’re some people out there who believe that the Dodge Viper is absurd… Ha! Tipping the scale at 454 kg or 1.000 lb, the Rapom is equipped with a 8,2-litre supercharged Mopar V8 engine (tuned by ICE Racing) that runs on alcohol producing 1000 – 1200hp (depending on blower speed and fuel used). -Continued: Click “Read More…” below for more pics and info.

Although technically the Rapom is Road-legal (or… Road-lethal if you prefer), it is only used on the roads for a 10 mile journey back and forth to a local drag racing strip by its creator and owner, Nick Argyle. The builder tells us that the bike was spawned “from the unusual marriage of convenience and naivety”. See, after selling the chassis of his monster truck, Nick Argyle was searching for a much smaller project. He said: “I didn’t have the same workshop space I had when I built the truck. I only had the house garage so it had to be a bike. I was going to buy a new engine for the project but my wife told me to use the one that was still in a garage – a monster truck engine! Despite its size, I thought why not?’ I guess his neighbours must feel relieved that he didn’t have any Jumbo jets lying around his backyard…

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Engine:

8193cc Mopar big block, tuned by ICE Racing

Supercharger:

8.71 Littlefield blower

Power:

1000 – 1200bhp depending on blower speed and fuel used.

Gearbox:

2 speed & reverse API Racing Transmissions

Frame:

32mm wall steel tube using the motor as a stress member, kept short by running blower belt through forks

Wheels:

Front 15 x 5.5 Prostar with Metzeler Marathon 180×70

Rear 15 x 15 Prostar with Micky Thompson Sportsman Pro 29×18.5

Brakes:

Front: 2 x Harrison Billet ‘Big’ 6 piston calipers

Rear Harrison Billet ‘Mini’ 6-piston caliper

Bodywork

Seat unit is a mix of MV Agusta F4 & Suzuki Hayabusa

Misc

95% of work is one-off for this machine.

Builder:

Nick Argyle

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