It would seem Vidar Jødahl’s 2JZ powered BMW E30 M3 is as fast on ice is it is on concrete. On a frozen lake in Sweden Vidar was able to reach 197 mph and set a new record for the fastest 2WD car on ice. The engine produces 1,078 horsepower and 1,089 ft-lb of torque thanks to a 2JZ with Powerhouse Racing pistons and rods, ported head, Pectel T6 ECU and a huge Garret GTX4294R turbocharger which is producing 42 psi (2.9 bar) of boost. Speedhunters wrote a detailed article on Vidar’s E30 back in 2013 while at Gatebil.
If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to a V8 swap in your Miata you may want to consider a Honda J-series V6. Mini Tec sells a JV6 swap kit for $3,500 that will allow you to swap any 1999-2007 Honda J engine to any NA or NB Miata (1990-2005). Although the 3.2 L from a 2003 Acura CL Type-S with a manual transmission is probably the best option since you can use the stock ECU. The beauty of this kit is only needing to replace the engine. Mini Tec supplies you with everything else you need in the kit and the transmision, driveshaft, diff, radiator, and everything else can be kept stock.
Source: Mini Tec
The owner of this amazing Alfa Romeo 105 has built the car of his dreams and I am sure others as well. The biggest modification is the removal of the factory engine and replacing it with a Nissan SR20. The engine has been upgraded with Kelford cams, Garret 28/61 turbocharger and is being controlled by a Link ECU. The engine produces around 306 horsepower to the wheels which helps push a car that weighs only 950 kg (2,094 lb). To see further updates on the project you can follow the owner’s Instagram account.
This is a beautiful 1997 XK8 with a LS1 out of a 2000 Corvette. The swap was completed using a kit from Jaguar Specialties. Their kits allow you to run any 1969 or newer Chevy V8 into multiple Jaguar models. All kits are bolt in and require no drilling or welding. This is nice feature in case you ever want to return your Jag to factory specs. The kits fit these Jag models
- 1970-1987 XJ6, XJ6C, XJ12, XJ12C and Vanden Plas
- 1976-1996 XJS, XJSC, and XJS convertible
- 1988-1994 XJ6 Vanden Plas and Sovereign
- 1998-1903 XJ8 XJR and Vanden Plas
- 1997-1902 XK8 and XKR
Source: Jaguar Specialties
James and Mike from Ringbrothers stopped by Jay Leno’s Garage to talk about their 1966 Chevy Chevelle Recoil that took 5,000 man-hours to complete. The engine is a Wegner Motorsports built 416 ci LS7. The engine uses a RHS block and heads, Whipple twin-screw supercharger and just about every other upgrade needed to produce 980 horsepower. There are plenty of wild parts on this car but one of the most unusual for me is the metal seats. The owner wanted the metal seats so much so that it was the only condition given before the project started.
Saab specialists Neo Brothers took a second-generation Saab 9-3, removed all the body panels and then wrapped it in a classic Saab 96 body. The engine is a turbocharged 2.0 L B207 which is based on the Ecotec LK9. The engine produces 470 bhp and 520 Nm (383 ft-lb) of torque. Neo Brothers built this to be a track car and celebrate the racing pedigree of the Saab 96.
I wanted to run a giveaway for some time now but finding how to run one fairly and in a trustworthy manner can be tough and time consuming. Amazon just started a giveaway program and I figured it would be a good way to give something back to you guys. If this goes well I might do more.
Click this link to see if you win: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/2d4080b1a33d6c0a
- Prize: Amazon Basics Microfiber towels (pack of 24)
- Number of prizes: 7
- Requirements: 18+ years old, US only (Sorry, I wish Amazon allowed other countries)
- Ends: Mar 6, 2015 11:59 PM PST