Joakim Sturve had a burning desire to build a LSx powered vehicle. The first choice to receive the V8 swap was a BMW E28 but instead decided to purchase a 1993 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution roller. What started after that was a tough but very rewarding trip down LSx powered heaven.
The first swap was a LS2 and six-speed T-56 combo out of a Cadillac CTS-V. There are no kits for this type of project so the engine mounts and crossmember had to be custom made. To help the engine and transmission sit back as far as possible, the firewall and tunnel was removed and replaced with custom sheetmetal. You can see how far the drivetrain sits from the position of the seats. They are almost completely behind the B-pillar.
It wasn’t too long before Joakim craved more power. Joakim talked to John Bewley of Lil John’s Motorsports Solutions in Kentucky for tips on building a turbocharged motor. The blueprints called for a iron-block LQ4 with a large single BorgWarner S471 sitting in front of the motor. The LQ4 was preferred because it uses dished pistons for a 9.5:1 compression where as the LQ9 uses flat-top pistons for a 10.4:1 compression.
John also gave him another tip. Using a custom twin-entry exhaust manifolds, the turbo will reach full boost about 800 rpm sooner than a single-entry design. Currently the Lancer is making 642 whp and 609 lb-ft of torque on 9.4 psi of boost and E85 fuel.
For more photos check the source link below. Also the engine is detailed very well in case someone wants to use it as a starting point for their own build.
Source: Speedhunters by Peter Kelly, photos by Alok Paleri and Dino Dalle Carbonare
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.
Source: ICON’s Facebook page and BoldRide via TopSpeed
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.
Source: Spool Imports and NZ Jet Boating (build thread)
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.
Source: Crank and Piston and GTZ-UAE (build thread)
Holley stopped by Jay Leno’s Garage to show off their beautiful 1967 Chevy C10 shop truck. The truck runs a hot cam LS3 crate motor with a GM Performance Parts mutltiport 4BBL. The transmission is a T-56 six-speed connected to a Spec Stage 3 clutch.
Source: Jay Leno’s Garage and Holley’s forum