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Clays Motorsports Plans Wild ATS-V Build, Seeks Partners | Presented by Nitto Tire


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Clays Motorsports, spearheaded by Russell Clay who many enthusiasts might know from his days at FuelTech USA, is planning one of the wildest ATS-V builds we have ever seen. The team has discarded the twin-turbocharged 3.6L V-6 in favor of something much more radical. On the drawing board is a methanol burning LSX-based small-block with a single turbocharger and an anticipated output of 3,000hp! Lest you think this will be some track-only drag radial beast, guess again—Clay reports the goal is to be a legit street ride thanks to the advanced electronics and fuel delivery.

A key ingredient to create smooth running and ridiculously powerful LSX are a set of Billet Atomizer 800 lb/hr fuel injectors, normally found in the upper echelon of Pro Mod and Radial vs. The World engines. The ability to fine-tune the injectors for street use lies in the capabilities of the FuelTech FT600 engine management system. Clay is designing a fuel system to deliver ethanol for street action and VP Racing Fuels M1 methanol for track-use. The engine details are currently being explored and displacement will fall between 427ci and 450ci. Precision Turbo is getting tapped for a Gen 2 PT118 CEA turbocharger, which if you haven’t guessed features a 118mm impeller and has the ability to supply air for the 3,000hp goal.

Since this is a street car, the ATS-V will retain 90% of its interior, including the factory console. We aren’t sure if the A/C will still be available but with 3,000hp on tap, there is no amount of cool air that could keep you from sweating. NRC Motorsports has been tapped to help blur the line between racecar and street car. The double framerail chassis will be hidden under the factory center console, keeping the car stiff but enjoyable for its passengers. The drag radials will be tucked under the rear nicely and a four-link suspension with coil-over shocks will help plant the rubber to the asphalt. Once NRC Motorsports completes the chassis work, the ATS-V will split time between Clays Motorsports and LSXperts where both teams will handle the wiring, tuning, paint, and the rest of the finishing work.

Clays Motorsports is continuing to look for partners to bring the project to the street and strip quickly, interested parties are invited to contact them at 770/815-0512 and fans of cool stuff should sign up on their social media channels to follow the project.

Mike Galimi
Mike Galimi is the Director of Content & Marketing at ProMedia Publishing and Events with nearly 20 years of experience in motorsport writing and photography.