This is the 1987 Sinistra Senator. Powered by a longitudinally mounted 4 liter I6, turning the front wheels, this family sedan is a fairly common sight on highways, usually with three screaming kids in the back.
Team: Sinistra Racing
Driver: Luke Sinistra
Age: 60, but he looks 40.
Prior racing background: Ran at least three times in junkyard car runs under a different name in 2017 through 2018.
Luke Sinistra is the CEO and founding member of Sinistra Motors. His story is complicated, but the simple version is that he was built as a prototype combat drone in the year 2000, but funding cuts and a major malfunction led to the project being scrapped. As the only working prototype, he was transferred to Storm Automotive, where the (at the time) current CEO was owed a big favor. Taking the name Luke Light at the time, he quickly rose through the ranks, eventually taking the position of CEO. In 2020, he retired from Storm Automotive after a series of mechanical failures started to take their toll. Calling in a favor, he was granted the use of a modernized variant of the combat drone chassis, now outfitted with synthetic skin. Taking up the look of a middle-aged man, he finished his time machine project, went back to 1947, and started a new car company with the knowledge of the future.
Sadly, the only thing this Sinistra Senator shares with the street version is the body panels. Instead of getting a 4 liter, 3v SOHC inline 6 and FWD, with fully independant rear suspension on a monocoque chassis, this one gets a 5.9 liter V8 with pushrods fired through the rear wheels, with a solid axle on coil springs and a spaceframe tube chassis.
The 5.9 liter V8 is an all custom job, heavily modifying the 5.2 liter V8 production engine from SOHC to OHV, and dramatically boring out the cylinders.
Rather than change the hood, Luke left the turbo bulge in there, paying his respects to the original powertrain the car should have.
Yeah, I decided to make a V8 after all. I couldn’t get the old 464 CI power plant to make the same power as the 5.9 I made to start with, not with the variant capacity limited to 5.9. Was almost 50 horsepower low (but then again, I don’t do much with OHV and there’s a reason for that) and couldn’t get that amount up. So I’ll run with my 418 horsepower 5.9 liter engine.
And yeah, I’m a little disappointed that I can’t enter a proper lore car, but I can work with this. Plus, I’m not so sure anyone would have enjoyed having a L-FWD SOHC I6 on the track.