Glenn Richards’s Barra-powered 1984 Ford XE Falcon at Drag Challenge 2019

One of a clutch of Barra-swapped 80s Falcons running in the XR6 Turbo Developments Six-Cylinder class, Glenn Richards’s XE sedan is a real sleeper at first glance

Photographers: Shaun Tanner, Luke Hunter, Chris Thorogood

“I purchased the car from out near Shepparton,” Glenn explained. “The previous owner had done a rotisserie job and fitted the stock BA XR6T Barra. I purchased it, got it engineered and finished off. It has valve springs, head studs, a log exhaust manifold, Proflow intake, upgraded fuel rail and 2200cc injectors on E85, a Haltech plug ’n’ play ECU, and the factory BA GT35 turbo.”

Behind the four-litre twin-cam is a stock Tremec T56 six-speed manual operated by a Mantic twin-plate clutch, while a nine-inch with 3.9 gears and a Truetrac centre lives out back.

An 11.57@121mph over Calder Park’s quarter-mile on Day One was followed up by an 11.60@99mph down the same tar stripe on Day Five. The more-door ran mid-sevens over the eighth at Mildura, with a 7.49@92mph on Day Two followed by a 7.42@97mph on Day Three, before Glenn stomped a 6.19@113mph at Portland on Day Four.

“It’s beautiful on the road, as it drives like a new car,” Glenn said. “I had a few issues, as this is the first time I’ve done anything with the car. I twisted an axle on the first pass, had a blocked fuel return line at Portland, then had electrical issues with power cutting off after second gear at Calder, but I had an awesome time.”

Class: XR6 Turbo Developments Six-Cylinder

Engine: BA XR6T Barra 4.0L
Turbos: Stock GT3540
Transmission: Tremec T56 six-speed
Clutch: Mantic twin-plate
Diff: 9in, 3.9:1 gears
Previous PB: N/A
Best DC 2019 Pass: 11.57@121mph