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.
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.
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.
Colin Furze is known for building wild projects such as a jet powered bike or upgraded mobility scooter but his most recent project involves removing the 150 cc moped engine from a auto rickshaw (called a Tuk Tuk in the UK) and installing a 100 bhp CBR600 engine. The project was a promotion for the new Far Cry game so he also adds guns.
Mercury Racing recently unveiled a four-valve DOHC V8 based on a LS3 V8. I wondered how long it would be before we saw one of these in a vehicle but we don’t have to wait at all. Salvaggio Automotive Design has worked with Mercury Racing in the past and decided to use one of their new DOHC small-blocks for this 1955 Chevy Nomad. The supercharged engine is connected to a Bowler Performance Transmissions 4L80E and rides on a Fast Track chassis built by the Roadster Shop. There is no mention of horsepower numbers but I am sure we will find out soon along with video of this running.
I do not know what type of engines air boats typically run but I would bet Nevin Jenkins’ air boat is pretty unique. Powering the twin carbon fiber fan blades is a 632 ci Chevy big-block V8 built by Nelson Racing Engines. The engine makes 2,500 horsepower on 93 octane fuel.