9-Second Gear Jammer – Firebird Formula 6-Speed

December 6th, 2018

Welcome fellow racing fans and drivers alike. This video installment features a car in which a potentially aggravating combination is used. Manual transmissions and nitrous systems are rarely used in conjunction with one another. The suddenness with which most nitrous systems are introduced can create havoc with manual clutches. Let’s take a look at this clean Pontiac Firebird Formula and see if its crew has discovered a method for success. At the heart of this 9-second beast is an LQ4 based 408 cubic-inch V8 engine with a Stage 3 camshaft, set of Trick Flo cylinder heads, a Holley Sniper intake Read More

2JZ Swapped Classic Pontiac – 10-Second Sleeper

November 25th, 2018

Talk about a budget build; this 1966 Pontiac Tempest is like a cross between Dragnet and The Jetsons. It reminds me of Bizarro World in the old Superman comics. Typically, racers purchase a small import coupe and install a massive V8 with a power-adder (or two). Not this time – this little creampuff has four-doors and plenty of ballast. The big V8 engine has been tossed aside for a more economical Toyota 2JZ, inline 6-cylinder (from a Lexus SUV). The turbo installation kit, turbocharger, intake manifold, exhaust manifold, and aluminum racing radiator are all e-bay items. A Microsquirt ECU controls Read More

True Street 1,100HP TT GTO

July 25th, 2018

Leather reclining seats, air conditioning, carpeted floors, and full door panels; sound like a luxury sports car? How about a full roll cage, drag radials, and 1,100hp? Now, that sounds like a race car. So, what is it? Is it a street car or a race car? Turns out that Louis Crower (Yep, that Crower) has built himself a very heavy (4,000-pound) Pontiac GTO that is the best of both worlds. It all begins with a KP Racing built LS3 engine. KP integrated billet main bearing caps, half-inch main studs, and a ton of Crower internals in the bottom and Read More

1500HP Stick Shift GTO

July 12th, 2018

This is the story of Rich and his friend Bill. The two buddies are into cars – bigtime. Rich loves the Pontiac GTO and Bill had a thing for the Ford Fairlane 500. Both car enthusiasts selected a model from the sixties and transformed their respective steeds into a muscle-bound masterpiece. Rich chose a 1965 Poncho (Hurst Package) as his canvas. He built this beast around a 517 cubic-inch Pontiac engine being force fed by a 94-millimeter turbocharger.The combination is capable of producing 1,500hp and has made a best pass of 9.7-seconds @ 147 mph. The transmission is a Tremec Read More

Blackhawk Trans Am – Drag Radial Class

June 15th, 2018

Baby-faced Joe Hunt must take on a field of twenty-five racers to pick up his first win in the Blackhawk Pontiac WS6 Trans Am. Racing is of the No Prep, drag variety and this is the hottest ticket on the market. The Blackhawk has undergone a dramatic rebirth. It has been transformed from a nitrous car that had little success keeping the front tires on the pavement to a more controllable beast of a twin turbo car. In the past, Joe has gotten close to the prize but just couldn’t quite bring it home. So, will he be able to Read More

Coffeyville Street Drags – No Prep Falcon

May 8th, 2018

Welcome drag racing fans to the Coffeyville Street Drags in Coffeyville, Kansas. Competing in the Outlaw Class, our feature car is a vintage Ford Falcon with a cool wrap. Oh, wait a minute – my finger just fell into a rust hole – this ain’t a wrap. This body is actually rusty with a patina that belies its many decades behind the blue oval. So, the Ford Falcon belongs to Paul Witty who built this bad ride in his garage. He dragged it right out of a field and breathed new life into her by installing a 521 cubic-inch big Read More

Import vs. Domestic – Street Hits

March 2nd, 2018

Typical nightlife, somewhere south of the border. The backdrop: the deserted interstate of a big city. The players: Some of the most elite roll racing hooligans and renegades in North America. After the posturing and other pre race antics are completed, it’s time to get at the real stars of the show – the cars (and truck). First up is a 1,300hp Nissan GT-R. It has been treated to a Boost Logic 1300X Package and it moves like lightning strikes (hard and fast). In strict contrast, there’s a Firebird Formula with a built 6.0-liter V8, LS3 cylinder heads, and an Read More

1000HP Trans Am – Street Rolls

February 1st, 2018

Here’s your chance to hop onboard some of the baddest street (roll) race cars in Mexico. These rides are radically modified and purpose-built for racing with a rolling start. Sheet metal? We don’t need no stinking sheet metal! Our first camera car is a turbocharged Pontiac Trans Am with a fender missing (not an inner fender either). This Poncho is running a small block Chevrolet (4.8-liter) engine with an 88-millimeter turbocharger (40 psi tonight) and a kit of nitrous. The transmission is a 4L60E. In the first race, the Trans Am rolls up on a nitrous burning Corvette (supercharged 6.2-liter) Read More

6-Second GTO Chills Ice Cream Cruise

September 23rd, 2017

With the recent advancements in power-adder technology, it is rarer than hen’s teeth to see a competitive naturally aspirated (N/A) car at the drag strip. It is even more uncommon to see one with a steel body that can run consistent (low) 6-second quarter-mile elapsed times and dominate the class. This fourth-generation GTO is currently powered by a massive 7.4-liter LSx engine that produces approximately 760hp. A Powerglide transmission helps to send those ponies to a narrowed Ford 9-inch rear differential. All the way down the line, this Goat is built on an old school model with the latest components Read More

Monster 800HP No Prep Trans Am

June 13th, 2016

What shade of orange paint is that? It’s orange-you-jealous of that 7-year old paint job. Seriously, it’s Tangerine from House of Kolor and it (like most of their shades) is stunning and durable. So, it looks good but it ain’t just how you look – it’s what you got under the hood. Well, this orange F-Body has been known to blaze through the 1/8-mile in the mid-5s, with the front wheels in the air nearly halfway down the track. Under the hood, it has an L33 Chevy 5.3-liter engine and an S480 turbocharger with a TH400 automatic transmission behind that. Read More

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