ICON just took the wraps off their 1948 Buick Super Convertible project. It might have taken a year but it seems to have paid off very well. The body has been kept untouched but the metal underneath is high tech. It starts with an Art Morrison chassis with a modern suspension system. Then on top of that goes a 6.2L LS9 out of a ZR1 Corvette which is good for 638 horsepower and 604 ft-lb of torque. To handle the massive power a Supermatic 4K85E transmission was used. I can’t wait to see the heads when this thing pulls up and then pulls away.
It may look classic but the engine powering this 1969 Chevelle is all modern. The 1,870 horsepower comes thanks to a Nelson Racing built 509 cubic-inch (8.3L), aluminum big-block Chevy V8. The engine has twin injectors per cylinder, twin air-to-air intercoolers, electronic fuel management and stainless steel exhaust. The transmission is a Mikes two-speed Powerglide with a Gear Vendors over-drive. If you are interested in buying this beast, Nelson is listing it for $125,000.
Source: Nelson Racing Engines
Nissan no longer makes RB engines but that hasn’t stopped the popularity of using them. They have long been great choices for automobiles but they are also amazing at propelling boats through the water.
This is a custom 15.5 foot jet boat powered by a 800 horsepower RB26/30 motor. The boat has a variable deadrise hull, American Turbine SD309 nine-inch SS impeller, and hydraulic trim.
The engine starts with a RB30 block and mild ported RB26 head. Then adds forged conrods, CP pistons, ACL bearings, Tomei Cams, 90mm throttle body, Bosch 2000cc injectors, and a Weaver 4-stage dry sump. The turbocharger is a Holset HX52.
A Porsche Cayenne from Russia that has a Toyota 1JZ-GTE swap. Unfortunately that is all I could find. If anyone has more information or better images please leave a comment.
Source: Nismo-Club.ru (Russian)
I came across this incredible 2008 Infinity G37 coupe which is powered by a RB26/30. This is a popular combo, where the block is a RB30E and the head is a RB26. The engine features Tomei Poncams, Brian Crower valve strings and retainer kit, CP pistsons, Manley rods, and two Precision 6266 turbochargers. The engine mashup is controlled by a Adaptronic standalone ECU. The transmission is a five-speed from a R34.
The Roadster Shop is responsible for this very mean looking pro-touring 1970 Chevelle. The body sits over a full Roadster Shop FAST TRACK chassis with a four-link rear suspension. The engine is a 585 horsepower LS3 with a top-mounted throttle body. This seems to be very popular now in this classics. It gives you a “vintage” look while still keeping modern EFI.
Walk around video of the Chevelle at Goodguys PPG Nationals
You can see more pictures of the build process in the build thread.