All-American Hot Rods – 625HP Ruffian Mustang and 580HP Ruffian GT40

January 17th, 2024

Inspired by the cars of the legendary Trans Am Racing Series, video game creator Chris Ashton has produced a pair of All-American hot rods. Since Chris is an avid autocrosser, these cars had to be as functional as they were aesthetically appealing. Top Gear will put these All-American hot rods to the test – on the track – as intended. Please keep in mind that (even though he had a virtually unlimited budget) Chris created both these cars in his residential garage. In keeping with the Trans Am Racing theme, Chris chose a 1970 Ford Mustang for his first project. Read More

650HP C6 Corvette Road Racer

January 3rd, 2024

Tonight, we follow along with Shawn from Autotopia LA as he makes a visit to the Marconi Automotive Museum – and takes a test drive. The featured car is a C6 Chevrolet Corvette inspired by the Bondurant Racing School car. With absolutely no desire to cut up the Bondurant car, John Marconi set about building an upgraded version as a family racer. What you are about to see is the result of this endeavor. Under the hood is a big 7.0-liter LS7 V8 engine. The LS7 utilizes 90-degree cylinder angles, a balanced forged steel crankshaft and forged steel main bearing Read More

Red, White and Blue Shootout – U-Drags

July 11th, 2023

Here’s a new concept in drag racing. This unique contest involves a standing quarter-mile, an intense section of heavy braking, a hairpin turn and a roll race – all in a single pass. Should be interesting. The vehicles participating in today’s matchup are the best-of-the-best from the U.S.A. The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is a mid-engine supercar. Equipped with a naturally aspirated 5.5-liter LT6 V8 engine, the Z06 can produce 670hp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. At a curb weight of 3,774-pounds, the Corvette can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in a mind-numbing 2.6-seconds and turn the standing quarter-mile Read More

Widebody 1972 Mustang Mach 1 – Hotrod Power Tour

June 23rd, 2023

Looking like a cross between a Mad Max Interceptor and Herbie the Love Bug, this modified 1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1 drew scores of onlookers during the Hotrod Power Tour in Bristol, Tennessee. Wittingly named Horseforce, the Widebody Mustang was created by an automotive graphics design firm known as Tredwear. They can put anything you want on the sidewall of your favorite tire. Tredwear created the insane widebody design of Horseforce then applied the hockey stripes and matching patina. Between the sheet metal and the asphalt is a Lincoln Mark VIII chassis, complete with running gear. While the car appears Read More

EVEL 1000HP All-Motor 1955 Chevrolet Restomod

June 12th, 2023

Evel Knievel is the inspiration behind this stunning 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air. Inside and out – even under the hood – this car offers spectacular custom features, all of which the king of the dare devils would certainly approve. Brought to us by Shawn (AutotopiaLA), this shoebox Chevy is a one-of-a-kind treasure. Let’s join Shawn and Tony from Lakeside Customs as they “kick the tires” on this incredible old coupe. Making this heavy Chevy go is a 712 cubic-inch Merlin engine block with a set of Dart Big Chief cylinder heads. Fuel is delivered via a Kinsler fuel injection setup. Read More

1935 Hot Rod Pickup 1000HP Twin Turbo Monster

April 3rd, 2023

The young guns at Hot Rod Brothers (HRB) Customs offer this example of their exceptional craftsmanship. These Georgia boys are churning out some incredible builds that not only look amazing – they run like a scalded dog. Take a look. Under the hood is a Gen III Coyote motor with a set of Gen II Coyote cylinder heads. Premium engine internals include custom camshafts, a forged rotating assembly and sleeved cylinder walls. That crazy intake manifold is from Frankenstein and features integrated intercoolers. The turbochargers are Garret 68-millimeter. The entire shooting match is put together by Performance Race Engines in Read More

850HP Jeep Trackhawk vs. Turbo 4-Rotor RX-7 – Drag Race

March 21st, 2023

How could you get more “This vs That” than this matchup between a heavyweight SUV and a tiny 1993 Mazda RX-7 Roadster? Similarities begin and end with their all-wheel drive propulsion systems. Nevertheless, they are about to line up and compete in a series of 1,000-foot standing drag races. Prepare for neck-snapping action from sunny California. The RX-7 featured in this video is a decades-long labor of love for Rob Dahm, a man with a penchant for fast cars. Obviously, it has a custom widebody kit. It looks amazing. Underneath is a mostly custom chassis and suspension with components from Read More

Hill’s Rod and Custom Autocross C5 Blazer

January 14th, 2023

What would possess an individual to try and make an autocross vehicle starting with a 1970s era C5 Chevrolet Blazer? If you consider the dual nature of the C5 moniker, as it pertains to this project, the riddle becomes a bit clearer. You see, this build begins with a C5 Corvette chassis. The K5 Blazer body was cut and modified to fit the sports car frame. The fenders were also stretched and widened to accommodate the massive (19X12 on both ends) tire/wheel combination. Speaking of wheels; they are Toploader from Billet Specialties wrapped in 315/30R19 tires. The hood is carbon Read More

600WHP Pro Touring Gen II Camaro by Chevy Girl

August 17th, 2022

If this clip has you wondering whether to look at the car or the girl, don’t feel bad. Laura (aka Chevy Girl) and Olive (the Camaro) are both outstanding specimens in their own right. Although, you might want to consider that the Camaro doesn’t talk and it sure sings a pretty song. This is a 1973 Chevrolet Camaro with a split-bumper (1970.5) front clip. The exterior and interior are basically stock. Even the color is from a 1969 Camaro. It’s called Fathom Green (she thinks). Detroit Digital gauges and Vintage Air climate control round out the interior. Inside and out, Read More

Fast Lane Jane’s LS3 Swapped 1964 Corvette Restomod

July 27th, 2022

Greetings fellow auto enthusiasts. Meet Fast Lane Jane and her bodacious 1964 Chevrolet Corvette. Jane is so much more than a pretty face. She is a serious driver with a competitive streak as wide as the Mississippi River. Believe me when I tell you, she’s in it to win it – whatever “it” is. Jane’s Corvette has been artfully upgraded with an LS3 V8 engine block bored out to 416 cubic-inches and loaded with a SCAT forged rotating assembly (crankshaft and connecting rods). With all the bells and whistles, this naturally aspirated V8 is making 596hp and 610 lb.-ft. of Read More