AWD Turbo LSX "AMS Express" Van - 12 Second, 700hp!!!

AMS AWD turbo Chevy Express Van 12.49 @ 108mph 72mm turbo Quick Spool Valve Tial 50mm waste gate Cummins Intercooler Electric Exhaust cut out Aeromotive 340lph fuel pump (x2) 72lb. Injectors Fuelab fuel pressure regulator Devils Own water/meth injection (50/50 mix) Stock 5.3L short block Corvette LS6 cam GM 317 Heads ARP head studs Rossler built 4L80E with PI 3000 triple lock up stall. I've long had an obsession with Van's. I know, you'd think being the Vice President of AMS I'd be more inclined to build a GTR or something else we specialize in. Instead my mind is filled with crazy ideas of modifying big, heavy vehicles that should not be fast into the most ridiculous street sleepers. My Van fascination must've all started with the A-Team episodes I watched in my childhood. For my first Van project my buddy Brandon and I built a 13 second Powerstroke Diesel Van back in 2005. Then I converted our AMS shop Van into an A-Team Van in 2006. Since then I got distracted building the World's Quickest & Fastest Hearse and a couple Bluesmobile replicas but that is another story for another time... I originally saw this turbo Chevy Express Van in a video from a drag strip in Las Vegas in late 2009. The title was "turbo Van Kills ZR-1″. The title really made the video go viral (at least for a video about a Van). Being a Van lover, it really caught my attention since you don't see many fast Vans out there for good reason. Although a simple video, it showed this Van hole-shotting the ZR-1 which clearly had no traction but it was still pretty cool. I remember thinking to myself, this video does not do this sweet-ass Van justice! At the time I really knew very little about the LSX engines but this video made a real impression on me. Fast forward a few years (and a turbo LSX project of my own) later, I stumbled upon a for sale ad for this beast. I knew I had to have it. After a few phone calls with the owner, Tyler, and I arranged to fly out and pick the Van up. On the way home to Chicago all I could think about was making a few modifications and getting it to the track with some proper filming equipment to make the video that this unique creation deserved. After making a few improvements I set out to put her firmly into the 12′s and make a video to show what this Van is all about. Here is the video that I envisioned years ago when I first saw this Van.

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Converted van as full-time home for nomadic Canadian couple
Mat and Danielle spent their first date bonding over Lloyd Kahn’s book “Home Work” and discussing their ideas for simplifying their lives. They became a couple, but “somewhere along the way, we ended up doing the exact opposite of what we wanted,” explains Danielle on their blog. “Instead of simplifying, we bought a house and spent months hauling furniture, paint and knick knacks into it to surround ourselves with stuff that we liked.  Our bills went up so we got better jobs, started working more, and eventually all we did was work during the day and watch Netflix every night because we were too Exhausted to do anything else.” “Mat was the first to suggest making a change because he found our lifestyle stressful, but I resisted at first.  I was really caught up in the idea of owning my own place, maybe starting a family one day and planning for an amazing retirement.  I was also excited that I had a new full time job with benefits and that we were financially stable.  Eventually I realized that all I was doing was working and I didn’t even like my job anymore.  We decided that we should do something crazy: sell our house, quit our jobs and travel the world.” Today, Mat and Danielle are living full-time in a converted van. Their back seat folds down into a bed. Their kitchen is a cooler plus camping stove. Their bathroom includes a solar camping shower and a plastic bottle toilet (with funnel). They’ve eliminated a mortgage, but their are still costs, what Mat calls “like renting a really cheap apartment in a city”. Instead of paying down a house, Mat and Danielle have decided to focus on working less and experiencing more, both by exploring the world and their artistic interests: for Mat, it’s music and art and for Danielle it’s writing. Mat and Danielle on youtube: Their blog: Mat’s art: Original story: madic-canadian-couple/

Turbo Van Doing It Again
Chevy Express Van + turbo + Good Driver = FUN! FUN! FUN!

MONSTER Twin Turbo LSx IS300 at TX2K14
This BEAUTIFUL IS300 equipped with an aluminum 5.3L, paired with a TR6060 CTS-V 6-speed transmission & a couple 72mm turbos makes for one of the CLEANEST & CRAZIEST LSx swapped builds we've seen in a long time. No time or cost was spared on this build. PRE-ORDER the TX2K14 DVD here - We can't wait to see this car out again, the TX2K14 event rained out before we were able to see it make a solid pass down the track. Make sure to check out the fully detailed build thread on Club Lexus! -

Turbo Minivan vs Mustang 5.0
Update 10-17-13 Since this is my most viewed video I thought I'd share, the minivan is much quicker now, even without the driver error he'd have a hard time keeping up. This was a fun race. Best time to date