SLEEPERS! Anyone have a street sleeper here!

SLEEPERS! Anyone have a street sleeper here!

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Lewisp12

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77 posts

110 months

Friday 15th March 2013
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I have a passion for street sleepers.

There's such a joy in leaving powerful cars behind eating your dust caused by your 'old, incompetent, humble, small engined, and perhaps embarrassing' car, especially if the challenged is raised to you by a smug looking driver, constantly revving his engine at the lights, just before they turn to green!

If you have a sleeper, post your stories and add pictures!!!!

My love for these started, when I was offered a passenger ride on an ordinary Renault 5 Campus, standard on the outside with 14'' steel wheels. The biggest surprise was the 2.0 tuned lump from a Williams Clio, that was apparently pushing over 200bhp. Sorted suspension made it really firm and 'go cart' like!
I can't confirm the power output, but, what I can confirm was that it was stupidly quick. So quick in its fragile and wobbly shell... surely it couldn't have been safe! But when taking on a Scooby down a country lane and eventually leading onto a dual carriageway, whilst holding on for my dear life and couldn't believe my eyes, when the driver of the Scooby gave up!
Whilst stationary at the lights a couple of miles down the road, the Scooby pulls alongside, with the driver looking very confused. After a brief pause, he winds down his window and says, and I quote; 'what the hell is that?'

Classic!



Benbay001

5,741 posts

134 months

Friday 15th March 2013
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Does it have to be modified? My S Type is quite Q-car-ish.

StottyZr

6,855 posts

140 months

Friday 15th March 2013
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A friend of mine just pulled 517hp in his mk4 Astra coupe. The engine was in an old Yorkshire Water Astra van before he bought the Coupe yes He used to tell people it was a 1.6lpg when they shouted "what the fk is that?" at him hehe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu8Uy3RrFGA

That's it on the rollers, not as sleeperish now its in a normal car but I'm sure you still wouldn't expect it to have that kind of power.

Edited by StottyZr on Friday 15th March 11:57

lufbramatt

4,890 posts

111 months

Friday 15th March 2013
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There was a fantastic mk2 polo breadvan in hearing aid beige on some of the VW forums a few years ago that the guy fitted a G40 engine with a big turbo instead on the G-Lader into. Had to put it in 15" steelies (with hubcaps) to clear the brakes rather then the 13" standard ones but it still looked pretty normal- only giveaway was the intercooler peeking out through the bottom of the bumper smile

MX7

7,902 posts

151 months

J4CKO

36,435 posts

177 months

Friday 15th March 2013
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StottyZr said:
A friend of mine just pulled 517hp in his mk4 Astra coupe. The engine was in an old Yorkshire Water Astra van before he bought the Coupe yes He used to tell people it was a 1.6lpg when they shouted "what the fk is that?" at him hehe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu8Uy3RrFGA

That's it on the rollers, not as sleeperish now its in a normal car but I'm sure you still wouldn't expect it to have that kind of power.

Edited by StottyZr on Friday 15th March 11:57
A mate of mine had one of those at 300 ish bhp and that was mental, god knows what that one is like !

Can it put the power down, the 300 bhp one struggled.

Lewisp12

Original Poster:

77 posts

110 months

Friday 15th March 2013
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StottyZr said:
A friend of mine just pulled 517hp in his mk4 Astra coupe. The engine was in an old Yorkshire Water Astra van before he bought the Coupe yes He used to tell people it was a 1.6lpg when they shouted "what the fk is that?" at him hehe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu8Uy3RrFGA

That's it on the rollers, not as sleeperish now its in a normal car but I'm sure you still wouldn't expect it to have that kind of power.

Edited by StottyZr on Friday 15th March 11:57
Damn! That's what I'm talking about StottyZr! That Astra G must shift!
Thats a lot of power... wheelspin through all the gears?!

croyde

19,455 posts

207 months

Friday 15th March 2013
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Told this story before:

I have a BMW E36 323i bought almost new back in '98. Never thought that I'd still have it 15 years later.

The last road before my house is a long straight downhill mile and as I was sitting at the traffic lights a guy with a late model E46 coupe pulled up and started revving his engine and looking at me.

I'm too old for this, I thought but sod it! biggrin

My car has it's original 15s with fat profile tyres, great for bumping up kerbs and speed bumps, of which there are a lot of very big ones on the downhill mile.

His car had 19s with hardly any profile to speak of.

Lights went green and we both raced off and then I heard the squeal of brakes as he panicked on seeing the first speed bump whilst I sailed over it.

It's not always about engine size biggrin

silverfoxcc

7,196 posts

122 months

Friday 15th March 2013
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Waaaay back in 1965,l lived in Nor Flundun and had a 100E Anglia, that had a bit of tweeking, GN twin SU Manifold, slightly lowered suspension, bucket seats,remote gear shift, home made ash with more dials than you could shake a stick at. Anyway at the lights was merrily burbling away when a Ford Pop ( sit up style) pulled up. Looked at me and did a blip, sounded nice so i blipped and lights changed...... and off he went. Caught him up at the next set and had a chat.
Turned out he worked at Lotus ( at the time they were at Cheshunt) and he had bought an Elan Chassis and bolted this body on top. Used to make pounds having Traffic light GPs with the local Mini Cooper boys.

lance1a

1,337 posts

175 months

Friday 15th March 2013
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Have a Mercedes W124 300E Twin Turbo that is quite a good Q car, 315BHP and stump pulling torque. Also have an E-Type 2+2 in the barn with a Lister 5.8 V12 with 6 twin downdraught webers. My old Saab 900 Classic Turbo surprises a few modern cars as well.

Chicane-UK

3,861 posts

162 months

Friday 15th March 2013
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Had the pleasure of a day driving round in my local VW specialists Corrado VR6 turbo.. putting out something in the region of 370BHP. Looked completely standard outside apart from some nice 17" OZ alloy wheels and a custom exhaust system.

If you believe everything you watch on Top Gear you'd think such a car was undriveable.. and indeed if you slam your foot to the floor in first or second, you got no traction at all. But if you don't do full-bore launches and then get more progressive once you got into 3rd and beyond the performance of the thing was staggering.. it honestly felt as quick as any of the real supercars I'd ever driven, or maybe it was just the shock of going that fast in a car I traditionally associate with half that power.

It was utterly fantastic fun. But very thirsty. And fairly "Q" until you opened the taps as it did make a fair amount of noise!

andy-xr

13,204 posts

181 months

Friday 15th March 2013
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I dont have a street sleeper. I'd quite like to drop a Zetec turbo engine into the Escort, leaving the 1.6 and Finesse badges on, but that might take a while

In the meantime, I've always liked the Royal Nail van

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGT08670Xds

mighty kitten

431 posts

110 months

Friday 15th March 2013
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My old Saab 9000 went quite well

With a huge vgt Holset strapped to it at 1.7 bar but it admitted defeat at 2 bar and split a piston in half

Pretty hopeless until 3rd gear and in a straight line where it was hysterical all the way to 160mph .

Shadow R1

3,706 posts

153 months

Friday 15th March 2013
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mighty kitten said:

My old Saab 9000 went quite well

With a huge vgt Holset strapped to it at 1.7 bar but it admitted defeat at 2 bar and split a piston in half

Pretty hopeless until 3rd gear and in a straight line where it was hysterical all the way to 160mph .
That's brilliant. biggrin

Chicane-UK

3,861 posts

162 months

Friday 15th March 2013
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Agreed. The absolute definition of a sleeper!

NoNeed

15,137 posts

177 months

Friday 15th March 2013
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I had a Williams and was once embarrassed by an old styy looking nova on the A38. I had only gone out yo show my brother how quick my little motor was hehe

Bear Phils

891 posts

113 months

Friday 15th March 2013
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I haven't seen anything that beats the 'transit' that hammond raced the aussies in on TG biggrin

Edit: 4:30 for the drag

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSAWrswE3Yo

Edited by Bear Phils on Friday 15th March 22:14

akz0rrr

96 posts

123 months

Friday 15th March 2013
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Loving the Saab up there. biggrin

I've not much to add myself, aside from saying that I was also embarrassed by a crappy looking Nova a few weeks after I got an Astra VXR back in 2008. Was showing my new motor off to a mate and the Nova caught up to us and sat right on my arse. Then I uttered the immortal "Watch this" as we joined a dual-carriageway off a roundabout and the rest is history. Never spoke to the guy to find out what it was running, but he quite easily pulled away from me... boxedin

Trevor450

1,451 posts

125 months

Friday 15th March 2013
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E500. 388bhp 5.5 litre. Looks like an E220.




soad

31,307 posts

153 months

Friday 15th March 2013
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lance1a said:
Also have an E-Type 2+2 in the barn with a Lister 5.8 V12 with 6 twin downdraught webers.
A photo would be nice! biggrin