1964 Cheetah GT V8

Bill Thomas had one goal in mind when he designed and produced the Cheetah: beat the Ford Cobra. With Chevrolet backing the company, 25 fine examples were produced until sadly, the factory burnt down. After the blaze, chevrolet pulled out of the project.

The power to weight ratio of this beast was phenomenal as the car was small and lightweight (Almost 500lbs lighter than the cobra!). The V8 was pushed back as far as possible leaving the engine almost in the center of the car. Some examples were tuned as high as 520HP.

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In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
engineChevrolet V8
displacement5351 cc / 326.5 in³
bore101.6 mm / 4.0 in
stroke82.55 mm / 3.25 in
compression11.0:1
power283.4 kw / 380.0 bhp @ 6200 rpm
specific output71.01 bhp per litre
bhp/weightbhp per tonne
body / frameFibreglass
driven wheelsFront Engine / RWD
front brakesNascar Drums
f brake sizex 279 mm / x 11.0 in
rear brakesNascar Drums
r brake sizex 279 mm / x 11.0 in
front wheelsF 38.1 x 17.8 cm / 15.0 x 7.0 in
rear wheelsR 38.1 x 17.8 cm / 15.0 x 7.0 in
curb weight748 kg / 1649 lbs
wheelbase2286 mm / 90.0 in
front track1448 mm / 57.0 in
rear track1499 mm / 59.0 in
width1727 mm / 68.0 in
height1194 mm / 47.0 in
transmission4-Speed Manual
gear ratios2.20:1, 1.68:1, 1.00:1, :1
final drive3.72:1
0 – 60 mph~6.22 seconds