Gearhead Gathering – Rocky Mountain Race Week 2019

Welcome to one of the most grueling tests of man and machine to be found anywhere on earth. Drag cars – designed to accelerate quickly over a short distance, reach a maximum speed and suddenly come to a near halt – are charged with travelling to four venues over seven-days. The drag cars must be driven the 1,000-miles (roundtrip) over the Rocky Mountains and back! Bru-tal! It is common to see a tubbed-out muscle car or late model, pulling a travel trailer full of tools and car parts, during Rocky Mountain Race Week. Unfortunately, it’s also pretty common to see Read More

LSCalade – World’s Fastest Escalade

Greetings drag racers and speed aficionados of every ilk! Say hello to Mitchell and the LSCalade. Billed as the fastest Cadillac Escalade in the World, this mammoth-sized SUV is luxurious and all-wheel drive. Four big racing slicks, wrapped around a set of forged Weld Racing wheels, are your first clue that this big SUV might be packing some extra ponies under the hood. Sure enough, we found a 7.0-liter Dart Racing engine with a Dart billet crankshaft, Carillo connecting rods and Carillo pistons. Forced air induction is carried out via a pair of Precision 76-millimeter turbochargers. Woolf Aircraft tubing and Read More

9-Second Cadillac – Best Engine

Like a hood-less horseman, this Caddy is as likely seen “galloping” across the countryside as sprinting through 1320-feet of blacktop. Despite the full roll cage and shiny pair of CO2 tanks; plush, leather seating, air conditioning, premium audio, and power steering are among the amenities with which this street beast is equipped. Nevertheless, it can dash through the quarter-mile in nine-seconds at around 152 mph – consistently. Under the hood of this (Black Market Racing built) 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan is an LME custom 7.0-liter V8 with a dry sump lubrication system. It has Mast cylinder heads and twin Precision Read More

Porsche 944 LS Swap – Street Hits

In the 1986 Porsche 944, you have a lightweight sports car that is nimble and close to the ground. The Chevrolet LS engine is cheap and easy to build. It is durable enough to withstand serious power adders and (with the correct exhaust system) has a deep and throaty exhaust note that’ll make any red-blooded car enthusiast fall in love. Combine the 944 with the LS engine and you have a small, rear-wheel drive coupe that sticks to the road and has power to spare. The engine bay of this daily driver is loaded with a 6.2-liter (LS3) V8 engine Read More

8-Second Mustang ZR1 LS Swap

Is it a waste of a good Corvette engine? Is it a Gen IV Mustang gone rogue? The answer depends on which manufacturer camp you represent. Chevy purists hate it for the former and Ford loyalists despise it as the latter. Now, don’t get it twisted – when I cut myself, tiny little bowties ooze out – but I see this build from a practical standpoint, and it looks pretty sweet. This “power couple” had the Mustang sitting around when a customer totaled their supercharged Corvette ZR1 with an LS9 mill between the fenders. Out came the blue oval cluster Read More

2019 McLaren 720S – One-Mile Top Speed

From Britain, with love. Lightweight and scary fast, the 2019 McLaren 720S uses optimum horsepower and innovative aerodynamic prowess to achieve mind-numbing top end speed. With dihedral doors and a stunning aesthetic, the 720S is as beautiful as it is fast. A carbon-fiber monocoque tub make this a very stable supercar in spite of its vehicle weight of only 3,161-pounds. The heart of this gorgeous mid-engine, rear-wheel drive roadster is a twin turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 capable of producing 710hp and 568 lb.-ft. of torque. Shifting duties are trusted to a paddle shifted 7-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. Zero to sixty can Read More

7-Second Patriot Camaro – LS Fest West Domination

Howdy race fans and welcome to the Holley LS Fest West from Sin City – Las Vegas, NV. The focal point of this clip is a late model Camaro (body) campaigned by the skilled experts at Texas Speed and Performance. TSP has built a car that comes out of the hole like a bullet. It devours the 1320 like an asphalt carnivore and goes straight as an arrow. Consistent 7-second passes are expected when you see this late model Camaro. The patriotic wrap on this Chevy is great. It is a steel Camaro body on a race car chassis. At Read More

McLaren 570S Street Hits – ZR1, Mustang, Hellcat

Summer’s here and the time is right for racing in the streets (of Mexico). You don’t see many McLarens on the street racing (roll or dig) scene in my neck of the woods. Nevertheless, this cat is out there trolling the highways for potential victims. Problem is, that this British bombshell might just let his alligator persona overload his jaybird capabilities. This murderer’s row of homegrown hooligans is no joke. We have an LSx powered Corvette with an F1X ProCharger claiming 850hp. There are a pair of ‘Vette entries of the ZR1 variety. Both have cylinder head and camshaft upgrades. Read More

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