We can always count on Modular Powerhouse for a couple of Nitto Tire KOTS entrants, and this year was no different. The second MPH car was that of Andy Barth, brother of owner Tim Barth. If memory serves-and in many cases it doesn't-Andy's GT was supposed to be in last year's competition, but terminal mechanical damage ended that campaign. This year Andy's car was ready to go.
Typically automatic cars do pretty well in the Nitto Tire KOTS because they're usually easy to drive. However, one thing we've noticed is that a lot of guys want a C4 transmission for the dragstrip and an overdrive for the street. Everyone wants the best of both worlds. Therefore, many of these high-horsepower cars have switches for the overdrive and the lock-up torque converter, negatively impacting the Ride and Drive scores in this competition. For the owners, hitting a switch is no big deal, but for the Nitto Tire KOTS, having to make sure to hit the correct switch has a negative impact on the Ride and Drive score. The switches mean there's a learning curve to driving such a car, and the judging of the Ride and Drive is based on the ability of anyone to hop in and go down the road. Yeah, we know, the owners of these cars don't want just anyone jumping behind the wheel, but being easy to drive pays huge dividends in the KOTS.
Andy's GT is one of those cars featuring switches, and its setup is similar to that of Jerome Shumate's coupe. Andy's car features a manual valvebody, meaning the car has to be manually shifted. These two features are nothing new to us at this point, but they detract from the overall driveability of the car. This is King of the Street after all.
When we drove Andy's GT, we did the switch dance; once the car's in overdrive, it cruises really nice. We could see driving Andy's car every day, but we would have enjoyed our ride in the car more if we'd been able to simply drop the B&M shifter into Drive and take off.
All the accessories in Andy's GT work well, including the ice-cold A/C. The cage features swing-out door bars, which we love. The skinnies up front aren't the best for daily-driver duty, but they don't hurt overall driveability. The brakes on Andy's GT worked great, and we enjoyed the car's gauge layout and the stereo, as well. Andy's GT boasts dumps in front of the rear axle, which were pretty loud on acceleration, but calmed down when in overdrive.
Overall, we enjoyed our time with Andy's GT. He only needed one dyno pull at The Horsepower House, and he stayed pat when it made 755 hp as that number still placed him in the lower half of the competition. He scored a 4 in the Horsepower category.
With an 11.24/130-mph pass, Andy's GT scored an 8 in the Drag Race category. Tech Editor Jones gave Andy's GT an 8 in Engineering, and Editor Turner gave the car a 7 in Fit and Finish. In the Ride and Drive, the car scored an 8, and it tied with Matt Knab's Cobra with a 3 in the Popular Vote. Andy's GT finished with a final score of 61.
|5.0 Tech Specs|
|ENGINE AND DRIVETRAIN||and regulator, -10 feed, -8 return|
|Block||fuel lines, CPR fuel rails, Siemens-|
|Teksid aluminum block||Deka 75 lb/hr injectors|
|302 ci||American Racing Headers long-|
|Rotating Assembly||tube headers and X-style|
|Cobra crankshaft, Oliver billet||crossover pipe, Flowmaster|
|rods, Manley pistons||mufflers with dumps|
|Modular Powerhouse Kenne-Bell||Lentech 4R70W with lock-up and|
|Cylinder Heads||Automatic 3,200-rpm stall|
|Stock PI heads, Modular||converter, B&M shifter, custom|
|Kenne-Bell||8.8, 3.73 gears, moser 31-spline|
|Throttle Body||axles and spool|
|Accufab single blade|| |
|Cobra 90mm, DiabloSport MAFia||Engine Management|
|Power Adder||Stock computer, SCT-tuned|
|Kenne-Bell 2.8H, '03 Cobra heat||Ignition |
|exchanger||Stock with Kenne-Bell Boost-a-Spark|
|Fuel System||Gauges |
|Aeromotive Eliminator fuel pump||Stock, Auto Meter Phantom|