1995 Modified LSC Mark VIII
This is Tom "Breezer"
Dern's 1995 Mark VIII LSC. These pictures are from
Silver State Classic Challenge September 17, 2000,
which Tom entered with his Mark VIII. In last May's race
Tom got disqualified for going to fast! The car is
capable of more the 120mph bracket Tom was in, but he
does not have a roll bar in it and that is why they
won't let him run more than 140mph.The race is
predicated on the safety equipment you have in the car,
you can find Tom's results under the 120 mph bracket at
Silver State Classic September 2000 results. Tom would
like to see some other Marks show up to this race, as
the Mark VIII is a great road car. In the race, there is
one stretch of highway that's a 13 mile straight-away.
Can you imagine 140mph for a little over 6minutes?
Modifications are as follows: a SuperChip, a K and N
filter, mufflers removed with straight pipe substituted
all the way back, Bosch 4 spark plugs ,and Bill
Hamiltons design of just drilling holes in the air box.
With 240hp to the wheels, the car does120 mph at 3800
rpm very comfortably.
The above is a
video of Tom's dynometer run. Left-click to view video
or right-click to save to your computer. The results
were 240hp to the wheels, but he did not get torque
numbers, as he forgot to ask. His main concern was the
speed limiter as you can hear it let go in the dyno
run,but its still respectable because when it shuts off.
The Mark VIII is at 4700rpm and doing 155mph when it
shuts down. Tom believes that if that second limiter
wasn't there, the car is capable of 170-180mph. He just
wishes he could prove it. Tom thinks they really screwed
up the marketing of the Mark VIII, because it sold in
such low numbers. Tom loves his Mark VIII and thinks it
is a great car!
This is Bill "DOHC
Mark VIII" Hamilton and his 1995 Mark VIII LSC. He added
a SuperChip and modified the air box for more intake air
and sound. Future mods probably will be a different set
of wheels and maybe a better flowing exhaust system.
This car is Ivory Pearlescent Clearcoat in color with
Ivory interior. With a July 1995 build date, this was
one of the midyear LSC (Luxury Sports Car) packages. It
is equipped with the DOHC, 32 Valve, 290 hp, 4.6 liter
engine similar to the one found in the 96-98 Cobra
Mustangs and has a 3.27 rear axle ration an AODE
automatic transmission. He has never taken it a ¼ mile
track but using a G-Tech Pro Meter it has recorded times
0-60 mph times
and ¼ mile times with speeds
6.16 sec and 14.57 sec at 105.0 mph
6.13 sec and 14.60 sec at 103.8 mph
6.15 sec and 14.60 sec at 102.5 mph
6.09 sec and 14.54 sec at 104.1 mph
Bill showing what the Mark
VIII and the SuperChip are capable of.
Bill, how did you take this picture at that speed? You
must have used fast film!
This is Bill
Hamilton 1995 Mark VIII at the last day of the season
(November 14, 1999) at the Cooper River Dragway 1/8 mile
track. He beat a Z/28 Camaro! He also beat his personal
best time, doing 9.585 at 75.50 mph with a 2.299 time
for the 60-feet. His 3 best times of the day were all
run with the traction control on and letting the
transmission shift for itself. Taking the traction
control off resulted in too much wheel spin and a best