Renegade Hybrids’ LSx Powered Cayman Sounds Amazing

Renegade Hybrids Porsche Cayman with LSx V8

Renegade Hybrids debuted their new LSx powered Porsche Cayman at SEMA 2014. Although the kit is not available to for purchase, one person who has been testing the car for a week had some very positive things to say. I have copied it directly from the Facebook posting.

Cayman V8 first driving impressions…

(Sorry for standing on ceremony but…) I have 20 years of performance driving experience, I currently hold two Chief Driving Instructor positions, a National Training position, and I privately Pro Coach virtually every weekend throughout the US and Canada. I think it’s safe to say, I do have a clue.

I have tracked a Cayman, a Cayman S on R compounds, and a Cayman R. Outstanding platform…quick car…predictable, nimble, capable. BUT…full throttle came to quickly and easily primarily due to the lack of midrange torque. Sure…install a 4L and get another 50FPT, but is that enough power for over 45K invested?

Yes, I will post videos, reviews, more engine shots, etc., but just a few words on my first week behind the wheel, will certainly peak your ceriousity.

In one sentence that best sums it up:

Loose NOTHING but the feeling you wish there was more!

Still true and evident to the driver; balance, ragidity, stability, predictability, and confidence. Drives just like it did before. You can put this car anywhere with just a mere thought and a forward glance through the corner.

What has changed is how you achieve the grip in such a capable chassis and how quickly you can explode out of a corner.

The wheel is lead by your eyes, and helps reposition the energy within the chassis proactively. Case in point; it redirects inertia in an attempt to maintain momentum.

Imagine harnessing much greater energy, but changing nothing of the dynamics in the process.

Case in point; if I lost grip coming out of a corner, I could use the throttle to move more weight to the rear and gain more grip. Add more throttle…get more grip. Yes, I understand the reproductions include understeer, but let me ask you, what happens when you don’t have enough throttle?

The ability to harness this far greater energy does not come at a cost to the balance of the car, or power management issues, or even reliability. The car remains unchanged, except for the throttle pedal, or in this case, “The balance pedal.” With greater ability to move the weight around on such a predictable platform, the joy of driving this car is purely unimaginable.

Furthermore, it’s still just a little “bread-getter” if that’s what you want it to be.

Wow… What a lovely ride!

Renegade Hybrids Porsche Cayman with LSx V8

Renegade Hybrids Porsche Cayman with LSx V8

Source: Renegade Hybrid’s Facebook page

Kugel Komponent’s V8 RWD Kits for Ford Focus

Ford Focus With RWD V8

Kugel Komponents has been making Ford V8/Focus swap kits for a long time. Why I just found out about them today is a mystery. Their kits will enable you to run a 4.6L 4V or 5.0L V8 in your Ford Focus and convert it to RWD. If you opt to purchase the full kit, it will cost about $5,500 and includes engine cradle, transmission mounts, suspension crossmember, front steer and hub kit, sway bars, rack and pinion kit, transmission cover, fuel tank, headers, diff crossmember, 4-bar kit with shocks and springs. Of course you can purchase all that components separate if you want to make some of the stuff yourself to save money. Kugel Komponents estimate it would take someone with decent skill level about 100 to 150 hours to install everything.

Source: Kugel Komponents via AutoEvolution

Ford Anglia With Supercharged Volvo Motor

1964 Ford Anglia with supercharged 2.5L Volvo B230

This modified 1964 Ford Anglia 105E has been a dedicated race car since 1973. The car’s owner Leif Frykas has made a lot of modifications over that length of time and you can tell by looking at it. The engine currently in the Anglia is a Volvo B230 four-cylinder with displacement increased to 2.5L. This engine originally came from Volvo turbocharged but it now uses a Vortech V-5 supercharger. The engine has also been upgraded with a custom dry sump, forged Volvo Penta marine crank, custom Steven Verde rods, and Penta 151 pistons. The cylinder head has been created from two different cylinder heads cut in half and welded together. If you are interested in reading about the other modifications please visit the source link.

1964 Ford Anglia with supercharged 2.5L Volvo B230

1964 Ford Anglia with supercharged 2.5L Volvo B230

1964 Ford Anglia with supercharged 2.5L Volvo B230

Source: Speedhunters, photos by Bryn Musselwhite

VW Golf With A Twin-turbo Lamborghini V10

VW Golf Mk4 R32 with twin-turbo Lamborghini Gallardo V10

Asgard Performance e.K in Northern Germany has successfully installed a twin-turbo Lamborghini Gallardo V10 in the back of a Golf Mk4 R32. The 5.2L V10 produces 1,479 horsepower (1500 ps) and 1,298 ft-lb (1760 Nm) of torque with the car only weighing 1,984 lbs (900 kgs). To put that in perspective, this car has a greater power-to-weight ratio than the Koenigsegg One:1 (1,340 hp/1,340 kgs). Of course the Golf will have a much more difficult time getting the power to the road but I don’t really care because the crazy more than makes up for it.

VW Golf Mk4 R32 with twin-turbo Lamborghini Gallardo V10

VW Golf Mk4 R32 with twin-turbo Lamborghini Gallardo V10

VW Golf Mk4 R32 with twin-turbo Lamborghini Gallardo V10

VW Golf Mk4 R32 with twin-turbo Lamborghini Gallardo V10

Source: Asgard Performance’s Facebook Page via tip from Arny

JCB Backhoe GT Has A Supercharged V8

JCB Backhoe GT with supercharged big-block Chevy V8

Labeled the fastest backhoe in the world, JCB Construction’s Backhoe GT is powered by a 1,000 horsepower supercharged big-block Chevy V8. The vehicle is capable of reaching 120 mph but only needed 70 mph (116.8 kph) to break the record in Australia. To help reduce weight the loader and digger is made out of aluminium and it has a lighter steel chassis. This is the first time I have heard about this project but JCB has been building the GT in one form or another for 20 years.

Source: Farming Life via TruckYeah

Jeep FC-170 With Hemi V8 Powered Tracks

1958 Jeep FC 170 with Hemi V8

Employees from Daystar Products joined together to build this 1958 Jeep FC-170. The Jeep runs a modern 5.7L Hemi V8 and a set of tracks. Daystar Products makes off-road applications components and clearly this Jeep symbolizes that well. Daystar has a lot of the build photos in their Facebook album in the source links below.

1958 Jeep FC 170 with Hemi V8

Source: Daystar Products’ Facebook page (build gallery) via Bangshift

Porsche GT8RS Has 8 Cylinders Of Don’t Care

GT8RS 1974 Porsche 911 with Chevy 427 ci V8

This is a 1974 Porsche 911 with a 530 horsepower 427 ci Chevy V8. To improve the power-to-weight ratio even further the Porsche has fiberglass fenders, doors, trunk lid and a carbon fiber hood. In total the car weighs around 2,000 lbs. This is a head turner at every car event it goes to.

GT8RS 1974 Porsche 911 with Chevy 427 ci V8

Source: Photos by Tim Shaffer on OppositeLock and info from Mark Porter