Spotted In The Show: Critical Mass Motorsports 1937 Chevy Coupe

At the Ultimate Callout Challenge, it was important to check out as many trucks and competitor vehicles as possible. As we made our way through vendor row gawking at unbelievably clean swaps or unreal wheel and tire sizes, we heard something off in the distance that even the people states away could hear. It was the crux of Critical Mass Motorsports, the “Screwed Coupe”.

Critical Mass Motorsports is the headquarters that campaigns for this beautiful machine that is a partnership between Wagler Competition Products and EZ LYNK. Together, they have constructed one of the most powerful hot rods in the industry. The “Screwed Coupe” is a 1936 Chevrolet Coupe that is a retired Pro Modified drag car. Some may ask, why would you remove the massive HEMI engine that was once there inside the frame rails? Well, we aren’t in the HEMI industry, and we want to see a supercharger on a diesel engine. That’s why.

Throughout the day, the crew at Wagler fired this thing off, leading to a sea of bodies surrounding their booth in hopes to catch a glimpse of this diesel-powered Pro Mod.

The engine is a Wagler Competition Products DX 500. The DX is the first ever all-billet complete Duramax engine. This 500 cubic-inch DX uses the best components and technology across the racing industry. The Duramax block, billet cylinder heads, billet intake and ductile iron insert are all manufactured by Wagler Competition Products.

The rotating assembly consists of a Winberg crankshaft, Wagler connecting rods, Ross pistons, Trend Performance wrist pins, and Total Seal ring set. Additionally, the DX engine uses a Comp Cams camshaft to maneuver the Trend Performance pushrods and the entire engine utilizes ARP fasteners. This beautiful terror is capable of 3,000-plus horsepower, and is easily the loudest thing on the property.

Don't get to close and don't forget to wear your earplugs.

With a PSI Supercharger resting on top, this engine must have enough fuel to properly mix with all of the air being forced into it. Fuel is covered by S & S Diesel Motorsport, CMM’s go-to fuel shop – there are S & S custom fuel injectors, triple high-pressure CP3 fuel pumps, media honed fuel rails, and it’s all controlled by an S & S-calibrated Bosch Motorsport ECU.

Applying all of this horsepower to the ground is done with the help of a Greg Risk Racecraft tube chassis, Rossler Transmission, and a Neal Chance torque converter.

The DX500 is manufactured 100-percent in-house at Wagler and is not only made to make gobs of horsepower, but also to win on race day. “This setup, when dialed in, will be very hard to beat and even harder to outpower,” said Jeremy Wagler, owner of Wagler Competition Products. “With the right suspension setup, I truly believe this will be a winning setup.”

After the unveiling of the billet Duramax engine, it has definitely created a buzz throughout the industry. With everyone trying to lighten things up, what better way then to swap the engine for a lighter material.

We are ecstatic about this car and really can’t wait to see it finally hit the track this year. With their newly acquired track, we could see some diesel days in the near future. For those of you interested in this platform, it will have a handful of options that you will be able to choose from to make it your own and customize, this motor is the top of the line ready to handle it and ready to handle the competition.

The Ultimate Callout Challenge over the weekend also had a combined event with UCC qualifiers. Qualifiers trying to earn their spot in next year’s UCC event. This just in, the next UCC qualifier event is at the new Wagler Motorpsorts Park. So, stay tuned for future dates and information on that, as it’s an event you aren’t going to want to miss.

If you’ve ever seen the nitro cars on television, you’ve seen the “zoomie” exhaust. That traditional race car exhaust is another reason why this car is so cool.

A lot of hard work and brainstorming went into this project, but once the dust settled, it was all made worth it when that ear-piercing engine fires up. For more information about Wagler Competition Products, be sure and check out their website. For more information about EZ LYNK, check out their website. What are your thoughts on this hot rod? Let us know in the comments below.

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Artie Maupin

Artie Maupin is from Southeast Missouri and has an extreme passion for anything diesel. He loves drag racing of all kinds, as well as sled pulling competitions.
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