Mid-eight-second Barra-powered Ford Cortina at Drag Challenge 2018

Corey Benning swaps Cleveland V8 for turbo Barra power in his TD Cortina

Photographers: Chris Thorogood, Michelle Porobic

COREY Benning’s bright blue ’74 TD Cortina has been turning plenty of heads on Drag Challenge 2018, with the immaculately presented sedan chock-full of Ford Barra power. Running in Haltech Radial Blown, Corey’s car stood out, with the big four-litre DOHC turbo six almost oozing out of the engine bay. “It wasn’t easy to fit; there was a fair bit involved in getting the Barra in there,” Corey says.

Ford TD CortinaCorey picked up the tidy TD four years ago, engineered with a Clevo V8 and C10, but that combo didn’t last the time. “I hurt the Cleveland, so I pulled it out,” he says. “I had a Barra there and wanted to see if it fit, which is kind-of did.”

Ford TD cortinaAfter running a stocker BA motor, Corey turned up to Drag Challenge with a new motor built by Glenn Wells. Packng Manley rods, CP pistons, TBRE Stage 5 cams, Supertech oversize valvetrain and spicy stuff like fire rings, the Ford donk comes alive courtesy of an 88mm BorgWarner pushing 28psi. On 27psi, the combo made 647rwhp.

“I basically gave Glenn the green light and told him to do what all those other Barras get and just left it to him,” Corey laughs.

Ford TD CortinaThe car drinks E85, and Corey uses a 100-shot of gas to bring the boost up, with a custom water-to-air intercooler since there was no room for an air-to-air ’cooler out front. Behind the Barra is a TCE mystery converter: “I just told them the combo and asked them to build me something for it, and it works great,” he says.

That’s backed by a Reid-case Powerglide built by Paul Rogers, while a nine-inch with 3.25 gears gets the prodigious power to the ground, surrounded by all-new suspension arms located in standard points.

ford td cortina engine bayThe little four-door had run a PB of 9.03@156mph previously, but Corey has blown that away on Day Two. At Swan Hill he pulled an 8.54@156mph before squeezing out an 8.49@166mph late in the day.


Class: Haltech Radial Blown

Engine: Ford Barra
Turbo: 85mm BorgWarner
Transmission: Powerglide
Converter: TCE ‘mystery’
Diff: 9in, 3.25:1 gears
Power: 647rwhp
Previous PB: 9.03@156mph
Best Drag Challenge 2018 Pass: 8.49@166mph