Reno Update - Team Voodoo

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  1. GregP

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    Well Team Voodoo went to Reno and got a new pilot qualified in Voodoo. Then yesterday, Steven Hinton Jr, took 3 laps at near race power ... well the agreed on power anyway, and ended with an average of 495 mph, so Voodoo is back in good health. One of our other pilots got checked out in a Hawker Sea Fury racer and turned some hot laps, too.

    September is looking good at this point.

    Go Voodoo.
     
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    Just googled Voodoo for some more info, looking at the engine cowl, still running a Merlin by the looks of it, but how much are you managing to squeeze out tof it for a close to 500 mph average, must be looking at 3000 hp region I'd guess.
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    #3 GregP, Jun 27, 2016
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    Voodoo's cowl is now a 1-piece carbon fiber unit and both Voodoo and Strega are making on the north side of 3,800 HP. Both have many similar modifications that the teams really don't discuss in public. If you Google a few pics of Voodoo from 2015 you can see many plainly if you know what to look for. Last year Voodoo developed some engine woes early in the race and wasn't ever a serious threat to Strega. She's back healthy as a few laps at the pylon racing school a few weeks ago showed, but I confess I don't know if Stevo Hinton Jr. will race Voodoo this year or maybe step into another role. One never knows.

    But, I can say, "Go Stevo!"
     
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    Thanks Greg, holy smoke, (maybe sometimes literally) 3800hp+ that is just nuts. :)
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    Well, there are two guys (Strega and Voodoo) with that much Merlin (not really) HP and maybe another 2 with perhaps 4,200 radial HP. The rest are running less HP and not so many aerodynamic changes. One year, Rare Bear flew with all the mods, but only a stock R-3350 when the race engine failed. Naturally, they were a bit down on speed from the better race years.
     
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