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A Japanese domestic market Mini Cooper with a German supercharger sourced from England, packed with Japanese parts only to be run by an Australian ECU on Ethanol. Mighty Car Mods’ perfect Mini Cooper is one sweet ride.
[Not all Volkswagens are diesels. Here’s the badass G60 Corrado with its intermeshed-spirals supercharger. Photo Credit: Volkswagen]
Longtime Corvette tuner Reeves Callaway has partnered with Rocky Ridge; a company that generally jacks-up 4x4s, to make this high-riding supercharged monster of a 2015 Chevy Silverado you'll be able to buy at a GM dealer.
There's very little to say about Toyota's 1G-GZE supercharged straight six. Well, except that it was a ghost and it appears to have haunted at least one innocent dog.
So you want to drive your Tesla Model S across the country and pay for zero electricity? Cool story. Tesla says that's not a problem with its fancy Supercharger stations. But how exactly does Tesla build those Supercharger sites?
Here's the thing about Tesla ownership: They're electric, and you've got to charge the damn things. To make it easier, Tesla said they would provide superchargers across the country. They haven't. At least not yet.
A supercharger bolted directly to the hood of your Miata doesn't mean you get any added horsepower, nor does it make you look cool. But is it worth a six pack of Heineken?
California developer "Big" Mike Harrah already owns a 3,000-hp hot rod powered by a PT boat's V12. His next project? A Peterbuilt-based rod with a 24-cylinder Detroit Diesel, churning 3,400 hp via superchargers and nitrous. Un. Holy.
Here we have a study in comparative scale. On a 454 or 460, this monstrous B&M supercharger would look normal, but here, perched atop a smaller V8 of unknown displacement, it looks ludicrous... ludicrously AWESOME! Sure, the engine is probably spending most of its time powering just the charger, but jeebus, that…