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Rapisarda Autosport International have dropped a nitro surprise ahead of East Coast Thunder, breaking out a canopy-equipped Top Fuel dragster.

The team made a single test pass today, with a nice clean run from the car - with driver Wayne Newby at the wheel.

“It’s a great opportunity to have the chance to compete in a canopy car in Australia," he said. "Unlike the open cockpit cars I’m used to driving, you can really hear the motor. Thanks to the team for all their efforts.”

Many late nights and long hours made the car a reality for the Santino Rapisarda-led team.

“We’re happy to have finished the car and come out with a solid 330 feet pass," Santino said. “I can’t thank the crew and all those who helped make this happen enough. We’re looking forward to getting some more laps under our belt to see what this car can do.

Check out the video below!