AWD Turbo LSX "AMS Express" Van - 12 Second, 700hp!!!
AMS AWD turbo Chevy Express Van
12.49 @ 108mph
Quick Spool Valve
Tial 50mm waste gate
Electric Exhaust cut out
Aeromotive 340lph fuel pump (x2)
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.
26b 4Rotor Turbo GS300
Carl Thompsons 26b quad rotor turbo.
Lexus GS300 drifter fires up at Madmikes HQ in New Zealand
Rotang Klan 'rotating since 93'
Engine built by Brent at Curran Brothers Racing NZ
Fabrication by Rolling Addiction and M3Racing
Wiring by Elite Automotive
AMS Alpha Omega: World's First 7 Second R35 GT-R!
After a successful night on July 11, 2013 running an 8.25 @ 185mph, we had
broken the R35 world record by .35 seconds and 5mph but we still wanted
more. Our night was cut short as a Mustang flipped end over end that
knocked out a power transformer cutting all power to the track ending the
night early. Thankfully the driver walked away from this terrifying crash
and is set to make a full recovery.
On Friday, we all had one thing on our mind; what would have happened had
we been able to make that third pass? Speculating turned into preparing to
head to the track on Saturday. Great Lakes Dragaway had the MOFOCO Bugfest
and bracket racing scheduled but was allowing some test and tune in
between. It was going to be extremely busy at the track but our eagerness
to try for a 7 second pass got the best of us.
As we drove into the pits on Saturday afternoon, the facility was packed.
Everything from air cooled VW's to bracket racing rail cars. The Density
Altitude was far from favorable at 2,129ft, it was humid and the
temperature was in the low 80's but that was the last thing on our minds.
After a long wait in the staging lanes Ivan Phipps, driver and head
technician behind Omega, was next to make a run. He pulled onto the track
and did a short dry hop to clean the tires, crept in and lit the beams.
Launching hard with the perfect amount of spin Ivan was off! As Omega hit
second gear the car jerked towards the center of the track, but he was
determined to stay in it. By the time he hit third gear the car was back
on track and pulling hard.
We were silent from that moment until the board lit up "7.984 @ 186.14mph."
We went wild! But it wasn't just us going crazy, it was the whole crowd
and the announcer who exclaimed "Welcome to the seven second club!"
The highlight of the day was Ivan driving down the return lane not having
any idea how fast he had gone. "I knew it was a pretty good pass, but not
sure how good" Ivan said. We all lined up near the time slip booth to
congratulate him and it wasn't until Ivan made a hand gesture in the form
of a '7' as he rolled up and Eric Gaudi (AMS sales manager) confirming with
a nod that Ivan realized he had done it. We had accomplished our goal to
run the first 7 second pass in an R35 GT-R!
In addition to this milestone achievement, Alpha Omega also posted some
insane numbers and set some other records which were recorded by the
onboard V-Box data recorder:
0-60: 1.72 seconds
60-130mph: 2.67 seconds (new overall record)
0-300kph (186mph): 7.98 seconds (new overall record)
100-150mph: 2.42 seconds (new overall record)
30-130mph: 3.63 seconds
What we are most proud about is Alpha Omega is still a street-legal, road
going car. It can be driven anywhere. What's even more impressive is Chris
Black, the evil genius behind the tuning of Omega has still not unleashed
its full potential.
Omega is the test bed for our GT-R line and uses mostly off the shelf Alpha
components. We will be releasing details on the improvements to the car
soon now that we've proven their capabilities. These include:
Alpha Drag Suspension
Alpha Upgraded CCM Brakes
Alpha Drag Wheel and Tire Package
We look forward to seeing other GT-R owners getting much quicker with these
We are excited to attempt an even deeper pass into the 7's in the future
but for now it is time to celebrate the hard work the whole team put in to
AMS/Alpha Performance would like to thank the following sponsors for their
The Driveshaft Shop
For more information visit: http://www.alphaperformance.com
For updates on Alpha GT-R Products and News visit:
Closing credits song: "Godzilla" by Blue Oyster Cult
Road Course GT-R
Mini Van HUGE JUMP!!!
Mark Freeman launching the mini van into space off a berm!
Turbo Minivan vs Mustang 5.0
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
This was a fun race.
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4X4 Ford Van (after the snow storm)
Really old video of my Ford 4X4 Van after a weekend snow storm many years
ago (as you can see from the video quality, lol)... just me and a couple
pals cruising around and having fun in the snow, with a guest appearance
from "Gracie" the Cat (yep, named after the original UFC champ and
Jiu-Jitsu fighter, the great Royce Gracie, lol) Sorry about the shaky
video, my friend Scott sux as a camera man, lol... anyway, the Van has a
slightly modded 5.8 liter (351ci) with mild cam, intake, carb, headers, and
Flowmaster 2-chamber mufflers... Dana 60 and Dana 44 axles, with some
custom suspension mods and 39.5" Super Swamper tires. This 4X4 Ford Van was
an absolute blast, lol.
Produced by nedaCFilms & Mustang-Town.com with music produced
by Burn the Earth... for more info on our local Virginia Valley Thrashers
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The World's Quickest and Fastest Hearse: AMS "Madness"
On November 17th AMS "Madness" broke the existing World Record for the
Quickest and Fastest Hearse with a 10.7 @ 127mph run. The existing record
was an 11.6 set by the "Stiff Shifter" Hearse in 2010.
For detailed specs and pictures of the AMS "Madness" Hearse, visit this
Stock 6.0L LQ4 engine
Edelbrock Super Vic intake
76mm GT42R Precision turbo
AMS custom FMIC
Tial 38 WG's
Tial 44 BOV
ID 2000 injectors
255lph in-tank fuel pump
AMS custom surge tank
2 Bosch 044 pumps
AMS tuned by Da Man "C. Black "
4L85E with updated clutches and shift kit
3000 10.5" stall converter
Drive Shaft Shop 3 3/4" CF driveshaft
Moser 9" rearend
Toyota Hiace V8 turbo Van
Bert Willemsen's Toyota Hiace transport Van has run a best time of
8.9-seconds at 154mph over the quarter mile. Power comes from a Garrett turbocharged small block Chev 383ci LT1 V8
engine equiped with a dry ice Intercooler and MoTeC fuel injection.
Drive is through a ProTrans Powerglide and Pro 9in rear end. The engine is
mounted under the driver.
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LSX MONSTERS DOMINATE DYNO DAY!!
Todd from Blue Thunder Racing, along with Will Carter providing Dyno services, coordinated the
LSX Monsters Dyno Day
near Longview, TX - 6/22/13.
All members were super cool, supportive and had a great time Dynoing their rides. For more
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