• Aug 24, 2006


There are some misguided folks out there who think that big displacement and technology are somehow mutually exclusive. And then there's Tom Nelson of Nelson Racing Engines. His Project F Bomb engine (a twin-turbo 408 cubic inch small-block Chevy that threw down an evil 1480 HP and 1440 lb-ft) recently graced the cover of Hot Rod magazine, and he has plenty of other fine examples showing his ability to build huge power via forced induction.

The video above shows what happens when 522 cubes of big-block Chevy are subjected to 10 PSI or so of boost and stuffed into a classic Pontiac LeMans. We're going to warn our readers that a bit of rowdy driving occurs past the half-way point, so if you're easy upset by hot-testing a rev limiter on public streets, it's probably best to skip to the next post. On the other hand, if you want to see what happens when 1000 HP is applied in 3rd gear at 20 MPH, by all means roll the clip and prepare to receive some goose bumps. Polite words fail to accurately describe such a diabolic creation. Note, too, just how mild mannered this thing is when driving at sane speeds.

Of course, the best feature about such a setup is its adjustability. It can be knocked down to a mere 1000 HP or so for taking trips to the grocery store on pump gas, and then cranked up towards 2000 HP on racing fuel - if, indeed, the rest of your car (and your guardian angel) can handle that sort of power.

[Source: Nelson Racing Engines; a hat tip to JV]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      "But besides drag racing, whats it good for?"

      - Wrapping tightly around telephone pole
      - Drifting
      - Rubber burning
      - Pissing off Prius Drivers
      - Burning insane amount of fuel
      - Killing yourself
      - Getting groceries
      - Towing a boat

      See, plenty of good use...
      • 8 Years Ago
      10 psi boost.. Keep in mind atmopheric pressure is already 14.7 psi. Using 10 psi from the turbo is uping normal performance by roughly 60%. Compile that with a camshaft and induction system to handle an incredible amount of balanced airflow is impressive! This is a machine that is next to lethal. I wish the Hondas and other fart pipe car owners could get a taste of what REAL Horsepower is like. Noise is a cause of HP, however, NOISE does not cause HP.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Unfortunately, you can't use that kind of power anywhere but on the drag strip. Take it to any kind of road course and it's too dangerous, just as it is on the street. I'm not a drag racer, so that much power doesn't appeal to me.

      That doesn't mean I'm not impressed, though. They're in my home town too, I know right where that is.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow. Just the noise coming from that car was enough to give me a shot of adrenaline. It would be fun to be a passenger in that car, are they accepting volunteer ride-along cameramen?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wicked!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Shiftlight on an slushbox? Teehee.
      • 8 Years Ago
      All of the sudden, my turbo 4 cylinder seems most inadequate.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Haha ever stood next to an idling P-51? It sounds a lot like that car. I'm not into drag racing but even I feel fear when I hear that engine LOL.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Treloff, speak for yourself, I find Eric's articles to be by far the best part of Autoblog, pretty much the only worthwhile part actually.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "This is better than sex here!"

      What would the longterm viability of our society be if everyone felt like this!?

      "Who gives a shit what kind of MPG it gets. The sound of the engine alone is worth every drop of ga$ that it burns."

      I see that subtle humor was wasted here.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice car... But besides drag racing, whats it good for?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey Eric, can I request that you make a good honest effort to include other vehicle makes outside of the GM realm when you post special interest/high performance articles like these? Autoblogs high-po coverage is very one-sided because you are clearly biased to GM vehicles.

      We have been patient with you, watching you play around with your old chevies (hummer wheels on your truck, mods on your impala, etc) but some of us like Ford, Dodge, and imports, too! We get bored always seeing nothing but the latest LT-45 Z65 Offroad LS95 SS TH300 ZR-5 GN45 700R8 etc...etc...etc...!
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