Meet ‘The Ghost’: The idea automotive Ray Evernham designed from scratch



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When was the final time anybody ran a ’36 Chevy sedan by the wind tunnel?

Legendary NASCAR crew chief Ray Evernham possible grew to become the primary engineer in historical past to ponder the subject with the creation of his newest mission, “The Ghost.” Unveiled on the SEMA Present on Wednesday morning, The Ghost embodies crucial attributes of motorsports and automotive couture to the soon-to-be Corridor of Famer.

A product of the 60-year-old’s creativeness, The Ghost combines his admiration for old-school automotive styling and aesthetics together with his information and entry to modern-day know-how and efficiency.

However put in less complicated phrases, The Ghost is the reply to a query: What would a modern-day modified inventory automotive seem like?

The Ghost is a custom-built race automotive designed to seem like a modified that might have been raced within the 1960s however options state-of-the-art mechanics and electronics.

Born and raised in upstate New Jersey, Evernham is a baby of the northeastern NASCAR Modified tradition. He grew up competing on tracks like Wall Stadium and Flemington Raceway and received seven options at Wall from 1976-1981. Thus, The Ghost is Evernham’s full-circle second.

“The Ghost is that this loopy concept I had from 40 years of racing, 40 years of constructing vehicles,” Evernham mentioned. “I wished to construct one thing to simply construct it. I did not need to construct one thing to a sure algorithm or specs. And I did not need to use CAD know-how, however slightly construct it from our personal experiences in an old-school method.”

It’s named The Ghost because of the pearl white Axalta-provided paint scheme. The automotive was constructed on a relative finances and primarily funded by Valvoline. Every contingency sponsor represented on the facet of the automotive provided a reduced half or participated in its creation.

Evernham plans to race the automotive himself, whereas putting different skilled drivers behind the wheel to push the automotive to its limits. Whereas it has the looks of a 1936 Chevrolet sedan, The Ghost has the underbody of an Indy automotive.

“This was my favourite type of modified as a child,” Evernham mentioned. “I used to look at these vehicles as a child. Now the chassis is a mixture of a present NASCAR Modified automotive, a Trans-Am automotive and a bit little bit of a Cup Collection automotive.

“It is very protected. Constructed out of rectangular and spherical metal tubing. All aluminum Chevrolet SV2 410 cubic inches. It is obtained old-school Kinsler gas injection however new-school electronics by Bosch.”

The chassis was custom-designed and constructed from the bottom up by Evernham and his group on the Huge Iron Storage the old style method, with none assist from computer systems. The automotive was constructed with a variety of adjustability so it may be set as much as compete on various kinds of tracks, together with ovals, highway programs, drag strips and hill climbs.

“We actually wished open wheels clearly, however we wanted downforce,” Evernham mentioned. “So we made it like a 190s Indy automotive. It is flat all the way in which till it reaches the again and it has an enormous rear diffuser for downforce.”

As a result of lack of laptop simulation work, Evernham doesn’t have precise downforce figures, as a result of once more, why would anybody take a 1930s modified to the wind tunnel? However Evernham does plan to place his newest creation by one earlier than taking it on a slate of 2018 classic occasions at Highway Atlanta, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pikes Peak and extra.

However past private satisfaction, Evernham hopes to show heads at SEMA and past.

“In an ideal world, somebody sees this at SEMA or (the Efficiency Racing Business commerce present) and desires us to construct one,” Evernham mentioned. “As a lot as I like coming to work day-after-day and simply creating no matter involves thoughts, we have to run a enterprise too.

“I feel it’s dang cool. It is one thing I need to drive, and I hope that others really feel the identical method and wish one, too. That is what it takes to allow us to give you different concepts like this transferring ahead.”

The whole specs of The Ghost might be considered beneath.

Automobile Specs

Physique: 1936 Chevrolet Sedan

Chassis: Rectangular 2” x three.125” delicate metal tubing foremost body rails with a NASCAR-style 1.75” spherical .095 delicate metal DOM tubing integral roll cage

Top: 52.5”

Weight: 2,650 lb with driver and gas

Entrance Tread: 63”

Rear Tread: 67”


Engine: All-Aluminum Chevrolet SB-2 by Professional Motor Engineering

Engine Displacement: 410 CI

Peak Horsepower: 850

Peak Torque: 626 ft/lbs

Motor Oil and Lubricants: Valvoline

Cooling: Customized-built C&R Racing Radiator and Oil Coolers

Plumbing: Brown and Miller Racing Options

Transmission: Jerico Efficiency Merchandise Four-Pace

•             1st Gear – 1.75

•             2nd Gear – 1.40

•             third Gear – 1.13

•             4th Gear – 1

Driveshaft: Customized Carbon Fiber

Rear Finish: Winters Aluminum Middle Part Fast-Change

Ring and Pinion: Four:12

Steering: Candy Manufacturing Rack and Pinion


Engine Administration System: AEM Efficiency Electronics Infinity Collection 7

Digital Sprint: AEM Efficiency Electronics CD-7 Digital Sprint Show

GPS/G-Meter: AEM Efficiency Electronics Automobile Dynamics Module

Coils: AEM Efficiency Electronics Good Coils

Wiring: Brown and Miller Racing Options

Braking and Suspension

Entrance Brakes: PFC Brakes ZR94 Zero Drag Caliper with 41mm and 44mm staggered pistons to scale back pad taper and wheel locking, and Zero Failure Disc with V3 disc know-how

Rear Brakes: PFC Brakes ZR94 Zero Drag Caliper with 29mm and 36.5mm staggered pistons to scale back pad taper and wheel locking, and Zero Failure Disc with V3 disc know-how

Entrance Suspension: Unequal size A-arms with mono balls, adjustable diploma metal spindles and coil-over shocks by JRi Shocks with Hyperco springs

Rear Suspension: 36” aluminum radius rods and FK Rod Ends with a single adjustable Neuline torque arm, entrance middle bearing mounted Watts hyperlink, coil-over shocks by JRi Shocks and comes by Hyperco

Pedal Meeting: Tilton 800-Collection Grasp

Cylinder: Tilton

Tires and Wheels

Entrance Tires: Goodyear Racing D1570

Rear Tires: Goodyear Racing D1751

Entrance Wheels: 13” x 16” Aluminum Large 5 Actual Racing Wheels

Rear Wheels: 14” x 16” Aluminum Large 5 Actual Racing Wheels

Different Options

Gas Cell: Customized Fabricated ATL 22-Gallon Gas Cell

Steering Wheel: MPI-GT-13-A by Max Papis

Seat: Kenny’s Elements Carbon Fiber Racing Seat

Security Belts: Schroth Racing 5 Level Harness

Fireplace Suppression System: Safecraft’s AT10 Twin Hose

Computerized Air Jacks: AirJax Air-Powered Racecar Lifting System

Paint: Axalta Coating Methods

Graphics: 3M Industrial Options

Fabrication and Paint Provides: 3M Automotive Aftermarket Provides

Construct Staff

Ray Evernham – Visionary and Designer

Eddie Bohn – Lead Mechanic

Dan Baker – Lead Fabricator and Paint


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