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Souped Up Thailand Records Qualifying 2017 – Hardcore Drag Racing in Thailand

The annual Souped Up event brings out Thailand’s monster drag cars

Matt “Rodrez” Rodriguez
Feb 28, 2017
Photographer: Chad Burdette

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.

  |   Twin Turbo V8 Suv
  |   Toyota Suv Twin Turbo

A fully-built, twin-turbo 1UZ V8 lives under the hood of this Toyota SUV and pounds out 700whp.

  |   Yellow Toyota Supra Burnout

Smoke show courtesy of a tube-frame chassis Supra.

  |   Burnout Box Drag Truck
  |   Dragster Bunout Rear

The purpose-built dragsters that competed had no problem putting on a show for the fans.

  |   2Jz Nissan Skyline
  |   Toyota 2Jz Skyline

This Toyota-powered Skyline will either make you really excited, or really angry.

  |   Msd Coil Packs

Pick-up truck drag racers, like this boosted Mitsubishi, made a strong showing at the qualifying event.

  |   Toyota Corolla Rotary Power

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!

  |   Nissan Sr20 Swap

It’s a tight fit for the SR mill along, but add the Turbonetics snail and additional components and it’s even tighter.

  |   Tube Frame Nissan R35

One of two carbon-bodied, tube frame chassis R35s competing.

By Matt “Rodrez” Rodriguez
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