Buckwheat laid down a 1.47 60-foot, and I was grabbing gears like the [expletive deleted] owed me money. The car moved over about 6 feet at the 1,000-foot mark, but there was no way I was lifting. I didn't even see "Mr. 408" at this point. As I crossed the finish line, I already knew it was a 9-second pass.

The scoreboard lit up with a 9.93 at 145 mph to a 10.61 at 140 mph. For whatever reason, I hadn't felt excitement and jubilation like that since I won the World Ford Challenge in 2002.

Now that he has proven that just maybe he does know a thing or two about Vettes, Murillo is going back to his roots and has built "The Star Car II," with the goal of making no less than 2,600 hp via a twin-turbocharged 541ci aluminum Ford big-block.

So is this the fastest Z06 in San Antonio? Yeah, it probably is. But as a hard-core racer on the strip and elsewhere, Mike Murillo knows there's always bound to be someone faster. Therein lies the challenge. And, ever the competitor, Murillo is "O-tay" with that.

Car'01 Z06
OwnerMike Murillo Motorsports (MMM)
Compression Ratio"Less than stock" (72cc heads)
HeadsAFR 225 with CNC porting by Kotzur Racing
CamshaftComp Cams LG Motorsports X4
Rocker ArmsStock
Intake ManifoldFAST 90mm
Throttle Body'07 Z06 90mm
Fuel InjectorsStock
Fuel PumpStock (engine), 255-lph (nitrous system)
IgnitionStock coils with Granatelli wires and MMM
Engine ManagementStock ECM with custom tuning by Mike
Power AdderZex Direct Port Nitrous with MMM custom
 secondary fuel system
Exhaust System1 7/8-in LGM long-tube headers and x-
 crosspipe, Borla mufflers, Corsa Tips
TransmissionZ06 six-speed manual, built by T56 Rebuilders
 (Houston, TX)
Front SuspensionStock
Rear Suspension'06 Z06 shocks
RearendHardened shafts with 3.90 gears and DTE
 strut brace
Front BrakesStock
Rear BrakesStock
WheelsChrome 17x9.5-in Z06 (front and rear)
Front TiresBFG g-Force T/A KD, 275/40 ZR-17
Rear TiresBFG g-Force T/A Drag Radials, 275/40 R-17
Fuel Octane93 (NA), 116 (with nitrous)
Weight3,380 lbs with driver
Best ET/MPH10.90 at 128 mph (NA)/9.93 at 145 mph
Best 60-ft. Time1.42 seconds
Current Mileage26,000
Miles Driven WeeklyApproximately 50
Murillo Motorsports
6214 Krempen
San Antonio
TX  78233