SEMA 2017: Ray Evernham’s Modified Retro Racecar, “The Ghost” Debuts

This 1936 Chevy Sedan, designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham, blends racing history with advanced modern technology. Unveiling the car at the 2017 SEMA show in Vegas promised to get a lot of eyes and attention. However, taking the car to different tracks this year, including Pikes Peak, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Road Atlanta, among others, will certainly get a buzz going.

The car is an old school-style build that Evernham is familar with, having raced these cars on circle tracks in the east as he evolved into an award-winning crew chief and car builder. Driven to build safe cars and use some modern innovative technology that still allowed the styling and aesthetics of vintage racecars, Evernham took on the project to raise awareness in vintage car racing with a concern for safety.

Housed under a 1936 Chevrolet sedan body, this specially-built racecar has the appearance of a retro modified that would have been raced during the 1960s, but features state-of-the-art mechanics and electronics. Evernham plans to drive the car himself, while also putting other professional drivers behind the wheel to test its limits.

Build Team:

  • Ray Evernham – Designer
  • Eddie Bohn – Lead Mechanic
  • Dan Baker – Lead Fabricator and Paint

Car Specs:

  • Body: 1936 Chevrolet Sedan
  • Chassis: Purpose-built rectangular 2-inch x 3.125-inch mild steel tubing main frame rails with a NASCAR-style 1.75-inch round .095-inch mild steel DOM tubing integral roll cage
  • Height: 52.5-inches
  • Weight: 2,650 lb with driver and full load of fuel
  • Front Tread: 63-inches
  • Rear Tread: 67-inches
  • Engine: Aluminum Chevrolet SB-2 by Pro Motor Engineering
  • Engine Displacement: 410 cubic-inches
  • Peak Horsepower: 850
  • Peak Torque: 626 ft/lbs
  • Motor Oil and Lubricants: Valvoline
  • Cooling: Custom-built C&R Racing Radiator and Oil Coolers
  • Plumbing: Brown and Miller Racing Solutions
  • Transmission: Jerico Performance Products 4-Speed
  • Driveshaft: Custom carbon fiber
  • Rear End: Winters with an aluminum quick change
  • Steering: Sweet Manufacturing rack and pinion
  • Front Brakes: PFC Brakes ZR94 Zero Drag Caliper with 41mm and 44mm staggered pistons
  • Rear Brakes: PFC Brakes ZR94 Zero Drag Caliper with 29mm and 36.5mm staggered pistons
  • Front Suspension: Unequal length A-arms with mono balls, adjustable degree steel spindles and coil-over shocks by JRi Shocks with Hyperco springs
  • Rear Suspension: 36-inch aluminum radius rods and FK Rod Ends with a single adjustable Neuline torque arm, front center bearing mounted Watts link, coil-over shocks by JRi Shocks and springs by Hyperco
  • Pedal Assembly: Tilton 800-Series Master
  • Front Tires: Goodyear Racing D1570
  • Rear Tires: Goodyear Racing D1751
  • Front Wheels: 13 x 16 aluminum Wide 5 Real Racing Wheels
  • Rear Wheels: 14 x 16 aluminum Wide 5 Real Racing Wheels
  • Fuel Cell: Custom Fabricated ATL 22-gallon fuel cell
  • Steering Wheel: MPI-GT-13-A by Max Papis
  • Seat: Kenny’s Components carbon fiber racing seat
  • Safety Belts: Schroth Racing 5-point harness
  • Fire Suppression System: Safecraft’s AT10 dual hose
  • Automatic Air Jacks: AirJax Air-Powered Racecar Lifting System
  • Paint: Axalta coating systems

About the author

Bobby Kimbrough

Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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