The reason why this six-year-old Camry costs as much as a used McLaren is simple: it’s not exactly a Camry. It’s a custom-built SEMA special complete with a NASCAR V8.
When I first heard that Porsche was developing their first new production flat-four engine since the 356 era, I was understandably and visibly aroused. But not for any rational reasons; mostly because for me (and a good number of fellow loons) a flat-four anything is something that should be shoved in the ass of an…
This drag racer’s day certainly took a turn when the differential at the back of the guy’s Nissan truck exploded. Yes, exploded.
This car started out as a bone-stock new Chevrolet Corvette. What it has become is a drag radial monster with a 4,000 horsepower twin-turbo Hemi good for 200 mph in 4.05 seconds.
“There was never a great plan to build it into what it is,” is a funny way to describe how you end up with a twin-turbo V8 restomod Pontiac Firebird in your garage.
Ever wondered what would happen if a Nissan 370Z happened to have a 1,000 horsepower V8 under the hood?
I’ve said it before and hot rodders have said it for years: you can put a fat V8 in a little, unsuspecting Nissan 240SX and make one of the best handling, best driving cars on the planet.
Recently, I made a plea to SEMA builders to try and build some cars where the usual huge V8 engines are replaced by tiny, anemic little engines of two or three cylinders, just out of some deep-seated perversion. It looks like that idea has sort of already started, as this Plymouth Roadrunner with a 3-cylinder…
This is the dumbest new car video I’ve seen in a long time and I love it so much.
The ‘infamous’ 1980-1981 Turbo Trans Am was a perfect idea with an imperfect execution. Now, one shop seems to have cured the model’s problems—to the tune of 1,000 horsepower.
This is a Chevy pickup truck with a 14.2-liter V8 pulled from a Scania. What does it do? Burnouts.
Every year, the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) car show comes to town, and displays a bunch of impressive and yet absurd highly customized cars. Generally, I like impressive and absurd, which is why I’d like to propose an idea for cars for next year’s show. Ready?
GM’s LS engines are ubiquitous in the world of performance here in America. These modern V8s get swapped into everything from Dodge Vipers to Mazda RX-7s. Why? Why are they so good?
Roadkill is now sponsored by Dodge. What’s the first thing they did? They pried a complete 707 horsepower Hellcat drivetrain from FCA’s hands and stuffed it in their ‘68 Charger. That’s the right approach to sponsorship right there.
When you talk about a car’s noise, usually you’re thinking of the exhaust. But do not forget the distinct sound of the engine’s intake. Here’s a perfect example of what that’s like.
A 12V Cummins diesel is an amazingly mechanical motor, and all it takes to get big power and bigger torque is some hardware changes. This video walks you through the simple (and not so simple) steps of the process.
You might remember the Lexus LFA in Japan that was rescued from a flood and given a Toyota NASCAR V8 heart transplant. Here it is tandem drifting through the forest.
The idea is simple: take the bad motor (a shakey gas big block) out of a good truck (a ‘73 Dodge D200) and swap it with a good motor (a 12 valve Cummins diesel) out of a bad truck (a junked ‘95 Ram). How hard could it be?
The inline six engine, smooth, powerful, wonderfully sonic, is one of the most cherished features of all kinds of foreign cars. Skyline GT-Rs, BMWs, even some old Astons are beloved for the use of I6s. But who says you need a foreign car for a great straight six?
It’s like the perfect marriage of East and West.