This amazing engine builder is back with more progress on his V12 being made from combining two Toyota Supra inline-six engines. Since our last update the builder has mated the engine to the transaxle. A frame mockup is being built using PVC to see how everything with fit. The cardboard box is half of a planned fuel tank. Shifting linkage is being built to handle the six-speed. The engine will be twin-turbocharged with two Garrett GTX 3076 models. If you would like to read how we go here you can view our previous update and the original article.
A D1GP drift exhibition was held at Tokyo Auto Salon 2015 to kick off the new season. One special car there was OZ Motors Vertex Prius. This is a ZVW30 Prius model that has been converted to all electric and rear wheel drive. OZ Motors in Japan specializes in selling electric motors and converting vehicles to run on electricity. The car utilizes two electric motors capable of producing 394 hp (400 ps) and 590 ft-lbs (800 Nm) of torque. Pretty good power for a car that weighs 2,645 lbs (1,200 kg). The car’s battery pack consists of LiFePO4 (lithium iron phosphate) batteries with 46 kWh output. They have a Facebook post looking for support and sponsorship to get into D1GP. It would be great to see this competing against the other cars.
In 1967 Andy Granatelli had a novel idea to install a turboshaft in his Indy 500 race car. He was only able to run turbine-powered cars in 1967 and 1968 and both years the car broke down leading the race with a small amount of laps to go. Soon after that rule changes restricted turbine-powered cars.
Vince Granatelli decided in honor of his Father’s creative engineering by installing a turbine into a brand new 1978 Corvette. He choose a ST6B turboshaft engine similar to the one used in his father’s 1967 Indy 500 car. The Corvette was chosen because it was the only car with a long enough engine bay.
Once again the turboshaft engine proved its worth by setting a 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds. The car was actually timed for that but Vince claimed it could do it in 2.5 seconds. It is incredible for the late 70’s since Corvettes during that time were needing 7-8 seconds. If you are interested in how this beast drives both a CNN and Autoblog writer gives a first-hand account.
To help keep the engine under control the Corvette had reduction gearbox to reduce the engine’s 37,500 rpm to about 6,230 rpm. The car also had a stronger driveshaft, 3.03:1 gearing, large Nascar disc brakes, and a ton of switches and gauges.
The Corvette is currently owned by Milton Verret. He purchased the car in 1982 for $550,000 and recently tried to sell it at Barrett-Jackson but didn’t receive a bid high enough.
Eric Olson has been running his 1993 Ford Ranger for many years. Over that time he has slowly upgraded the truck while lowering his quarter-mile times. The Ranger currently runs a 427 ci Windsor V8 with Trick Flow heads, C+S blow through carb, Ford 9″ rearend, and rear leaf suspension. The engine is fed by two 72 mm turbos in the bed right behind the cab. The best time for the day was 8.70 at 163.85 mph.
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LoveFab built an amazing NSX for Pikes Peak 2012 that featured a 1,056 horsepower monster 3.0 L V6. The car achieved a second place in the Unlimited class that year. Soon after that Paul Coffman contacts LoveFab for a turbo kit but since they were switching to a LSx powerplant for 2013 he ended up with the LoveFab engine instead. Paul installed the motor into his 1991 NSX which has a 2002 front and rear body conversion.
The engine uses the 3.0 L block with 9:1 compression pistons, Carillo rods (balanced within 0.5 grams), Supertech valves, 1000 cc injectors, and a LoveFab turbo kit. Paul swapped the turbo for a smaller Garrett GTX3582R to get the power band more in the 3,000 rpm range. The current setup is producing 642 horsepower. If you are interested in more information and photos please visit the source link below.
Source: Super Street Online
ICON is building a one-off Aston Martin DB4 project. The car will run an Art Morrison chassis and lots of components including a V12 from a first generation Vanquish S. The 5.9 L engine in stock form produces 520 horsepower and 577 lb-ft of torque. I can’t wait to see this completed. Given ICON’s portfolio this will be an amazing car.
Source: ICON Facebook page (project photo album)