Why b/c it was a full drag car? It was running a t78 or something turbo. 98-up firebirds/camaro's run 11's as H/C (heads/cam) cars. 10's are VERY common with not much done (ls-1's gain greatly with mods) and 9's are getting common on the streets and still be fine. Yes, AWD launches are great, but they run around the same 1/4 time.
they were burning all the oil and impurities off the road so you could get a good launch and there wouldnt be a bunch of bullshit on the street... poor dumbestic... didnt know what he was getting himself into