For the switch they took over the old Starlight Express 3 chrome-moly tube frame with the homemade cage and the completely Rockwell rearend. The tube frame was modified for 1 engine, received some new engine brackets and a fresh paintjob. Also the homemade aluminium fenders and the Midwest aluminium rims with the Firestone Puller 2000HP tires were took over of the old one. Also, the fenders got a new look during the season. The Rockwell rear axle in the Light Mod has a SQHD aluminium center section, a homemade aluminium differential with gears from the Green Monster Pulling Team from Germany, a Rockwell ring and pinion gear and aluminium planetaries carrier housing with Franklin planetaries.
The Starlight Express Light Mod is powered by a turbocharged Allison V1710 V12 engine on methanol fuel. The Allison engine comes from the old triple Allison Mod and was improved. The Allison power plant has a original Allison block with sleeves from the Green Monster Pulling Team, a original Allison crank with stock rods and Arias aluminium pistons, revised cylinder heads with Allison cams and a homemade belt drive, a new homemade intake and exhaust manifold, 2 Garret T18 turbochargers from the Dutch Popeye Pulling Team, a Hillborn fuel system with a Hillborn PG 250 fuel pump, a selfmade stain less steel fuel tank, a MSD 8 ignition and a AIM MXL Pro data logger.
The new Light Mod made its maiden voyage at the Italian Championship finals in Jolanda di Savoia in August. The Tractor made a good start, but after 20m the engine had a backfire and a little fire, driver Romano Mozzioni went from the thorttle and stopped the Tractor. Back in the workshop they found no major damage on the engine, only a broken thorttle wire and a little fuel leakage. Also after the the first run in front of the Sledge, they changed the Mallory ignition against the MSD 8 ignition.
The Starlight Express Team will compete with their Strlight Express Light Mod in the Italian Championship next year.
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