batmobile record

Another World Record in Australia!

December 2, 2001, Victoria, Australia – In a stunning performance that sent shock waves around the globe, the HPC High Performance Coatings sponsored ’53 Studebaker Top Doorslammer (known as The Batmobile) of Victorian drag racer Peter Kapiris, set a new world record of 6.07 seconds @ 220 mph at the West Australian Kwinana Motor Complex on Saturday 2nd December 2001.

The possibility of a new world record was instilled in the spectators’ minds during qualifying when Kapiris posted the third-fastest ever time of 6.19 seconds, and followed this with a storming 6.14 second pass. “The car was absolutely sensational. It was quick from the word go and just kept getting quicker,” Kapiris enthused.

“Bagging a world-best is mind blowing, and it’s all thanks to the amazing engineering and design skills of my engine builder and Crew Chief Ian Cleland. Ian has developed a new concept in fuel delivery valving that’s sheer magic and makes unbelievable power. Its been nick-named “The Inky Valve”.

“From the driver’s seat I knew the passes were getting quicker. On the record-breaking run I lined up against Victor Bray who is always a tough competitor, and former world record holder. I ‘got out of the hole’ OK and as I pulled away from Victor I knew the pass was going to be something special.

“At the end of the run when the boys told me the time I was totally overwhelmed, I had to go and sit on the grass!

“Aussies are dominating in a sport renowned for its USA expertise, it’s fantastic! Top Doorslammers are the Real Deal!”

As you would expect, HPC Victoria is rapt with the result and will continue to support Kapiris in the future. HPC’s involvement has included the supply of a large range of specialised coatings to aid performance and on the cosmetic front. The exhaust system benefits from HPC HiPerCoat™, likewise the supercharger (rotors), and a host of bolt-ons are HPC coated.

HPC High Performance Coatings Victoria is located at 6 Watson Road, Leongatha, Victoria. 3953. Ph (03) 5662 4338. Fax (03) 5662 4719. E-mail:


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