Restomod 1973 Pontiac Grand Am – 600HP Street Monster

October 25th, 2021

Greetings fellow drag racing fans, car enthusiasts and speed aficionados of every ilk. Meet a pair of Shawns and an extraordinary Poncho. Regulars will remember the first Shawn from Autotopia. The second Shawn is the owner – and primary builder – of this exquisite machine. Shall we begin with the stance? The highly modified stock frame has been fully boxed and outfitted with a four-link coilover setup in the rear. A Global West coilover kit was used to upgrade the front and all four corners are equipped with QA1 double adjustable shocks for a full custom ride. It all gives Read More

Chevy Performance – 1000HP IROC Camaro Build

October 23rd, 2021

The crew at Tire Slayer Studios is set to engage in a dream build. In conjunction with Chevy Performance, these guys have just three-weeks to put together a 1,000hp Gen III Camaro build. So, what are your thoughts? Twin turbochargers? A ProCharger? Supercharger? How about nitrous? Nope! These gearheads are going naturally aspirated. What’s that you say? How can that be? That’s where Chevy Performance comes in. They provided Tire Slayer with their first 1,000hp crate motor. This is a 632 cubic-inch big block (iron) featuring four-bolt main caps and a forged rotating assembly (crank, rods and pistons) with a Read More

Dummbo – 1,000HP Hellephant Swapped 1968 Dodge Charger

October 9th, 2021

Here we go again! Menacing and loud, this is a special Mopar. Not only is it extraordinary in appearance, this beauty is rocking a supercharged HEMI that would make a NASCAR jealous. Let’s drop-in on Shawn (Autotopia) and car owner David as they treat us to a closer look before taking us along on a test drive. Buckle up! The 1,000HP Hellephant HEMI is 426 cubic-inches of supercharged perfection. A product of Mopar Performance, the Hellephant crate motor is designed for use in older vehicles and racing applications. It is sold with all the necessary wiring, accessories and a tunable Read More

1352WHP Ford Mustang GT500 – Full Power Street Pulls

October 6th, 2021

Greetings drag racing enthusiasts and horsepower aficionados from every corner of the globe. Allow me to introduce Andrew (Mustang Lifestyle) and El Choppo; his radically modified 2014 Ford Mustang GT500. El Choppo has recently been upgraded with a MoTec controller in an effort to calm his rambunctious demeanor. This video has a two-fold purpose. First, it will document El Choppo’s initial full power test passes with the MoTec. Second, it will provide before and after looks focusing on traction control issues. If you have a car that makes insane power and can’t get traction, pay close attention. Jay Meagher from Read More

1956 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup – Slammed Street Beast

September 28th, 2021

Bringing us quality builds from the left coast is a way of life for Shawn from Autotopia. This time he has delivered with a slammed 1956 Chevy 3100 Pickup. If this truck looks a skosh unconventional, it is because the stock stepside bed has been removed and a fleetside bed from a 1959 model has been installed. Looks great to me. First things first; the old straight 6 has been replaced with a fuel injected LS2 V8 (6.0-liter) truck motor mated to a 4L80E automatic transmission. The rear end is a 9-inch Ford with 4.11:1 final drive gears. The built Read More

All-Motor 1969 Chevrolet Camaro – 716HP 572 C.I.D. Big Block

September 9th, 2021

  By: Justin Ivler Big thanks to Shawn at Autotopia for bringing us this outstanding garage-built 1969 Camaro. For car owner Omar this has been a labor of love. He regularly drives the car on the street and takes it to the drag strip occasionally. This is a special build and Omar is going to explain why. The center piece is the massive 572 cubic-inch engine (cast iron block with aluminum cylinder heads). Exhaust is Hooker Super Competition headers running into Magnaflow 3-inch pipes/mufflers. It dumps in front of the rear axles. The brake setup is Wilwood disc on all Read More

1962 Chevrolet Bel Air – 650hp Supercharged LS9

August 11th, 2021

Once again Shawn from Autotopia LA is showing us the goods. This time it’s a 1962 Chevrolet “Bubble Top” Bel Air. Make no mistake, this ain’t your typical Heavy Chevy. It has undergone some transformational body mods and it is riding on an Art Morrison chassis with fully adjustable coilover shocks. This classic Chevy has everything it needs to make it look beautifully vintage – but perform like brand new. Have a look. Under the bonnet is a genuine work of art. The supercharged LS9 (6.2-liter) engine is capable of delivering 650hp to the rear wheels through a Bowler prepped Read More

Lucky Costa’s Ultimate Street Sleeper Shop Truck

July 24th, 2021

Uglier than a drown rat and more fun than a barrel of monkeys, Lucky Costa’s 1200hp supercharged 1967 Chevy C10 is a street racer’s dream. Proving true the old adage that “it ain’t how you look, it’s what you have under the hood” Lucky (Hot Rod Garage) gives us an inside look at what makes this ugly truck so darn fast. Let’s begin underneath. First, a full QA1 suspension system (front and rear) adds an unbelievable degree of stability to the old work truck. Upgrades include tubular upper and lower control arms, alloy spindles and an adjustable four link setup Read More

Custom 1951 Henry J – 700HP Blown HEMI Dragster

July 8th, 2021

Thanks again to Sean at Autotopia for bringing us this unique ride. Sean’s friend Goose brought over his extraordinary 1951 Kaiser Henry J (nicknamed Hemi J) and gave us a detailed layout of the build – complete with a test drive. Check it out. Of course, the body of this rare automobile has been customized with extreme precision. The front end features a front bumper from a 60s Camaro, the rear of the car has been totally frenched and the wheelbase has been shortened 10-inches. It is truly a one-of-a-kind work of art. The Brandywine metallic paint is from House Read More

Whipple Mustang GT – Dyno Test and Tune

July 6th, 2021

The modern-day dyno room could be considered the research and development laboratory for horsepower and speed. This is where most basic tuning and refinement begins to take shape as it pertains to high-level aftermarket performance hardware and controllers. Palm Beach Dyno is on the cutting edge in forced air induction technology (superchargers and turbochargers). Today, they are going to prove it. On the dyno is Terry Day’s 2019 Ford Mustang GT. The stock 2019 Mustang GT is equipped with a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine that can make 460hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. At Terry Day Racing, this just Read More