What’s that about the Lamborghini Countach that makes it ‘simply the coolest supercar of the ’80s? It might be the resemblance to the bedroom poster icon in the ’80s, but this 200mph+ dragster has just as much passion and style and a LOT more power!
There’s one single fact about the Lamborghini Countach that makes it superb. That’s the fact that its name translates from Italian to English as something close to the f-word as while the translation is improper, it’s is not stopping it being one of the most pleasing bits of automotive trivia around.
Lamborghini Countach dragster is a car that is almost impossible not to love.
The fully space- framed race car built to resemble Lamborghini’s finest ’80s export is owned by Aussie Alf Sciacca and now raced by his son Alf Junior There’s not a single thing that doesn’t make it look comically over the top in the best way possible. The car took shape at Thunder Race Cars almost 15 years ago, and Alf Snr had bought it two years later. Originally painted in shades of black, the Countach was given something of a visual makeover, emerging sporting this suitably ’80s shade of white.
They bought the car in 2003 because it looked so badass. There’s nothing else that looks like it out there today, chuckles Alf Snr. He said that there’s nothing Italian on the car now at all. Alf’s car can call upon the kind of spec a real Countach owner could only dream of since it was a purpose-built drag racer with a lightweight plastic body plonked on top. It features Sainty-built 500CI OHC V8 sitting up front, an engine ramped up and made the bonkers by the addition of a Whipple supercharger – you might just be able to spot it if you look closer.
The Whipple charger produces 50 pounds of boost the moment you hit the throttle and is actually the largest one commercially available. It’s powerful enough to record some seriously impressive runs. Alf Sciacca Junior set a personal best of 6.74 at 205mph – a fraction slower than his dad’s best of 6.606 at 215mph.