• Dec 22nd 2008 at 4:01PM
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Click above for high-res image gallery of the Polly Motorsport Trans Am

"Have fun with KITT," sniffed some AMG engineers when a group of Norwegians showed up at Germany's Papenburg test track with a 1987 Trans Am. The smug smiles were quickly wiped off the faces of the Mercedes tuner crew when the ancient Pontiac's practice laps were as fast as the AMG cars, and the F-Body wasn't even working hard. Once warmed up, the 8.9-liter V8 unleashed all of its 1400 horsepower on the circuit, delivering a startling 407 kph (252 mph) also known as Bugatti Veyron fast. Better still, unlike the Bug, the Pontiac's lap is official.

Needless to say, there's not much stock underneath the skin on this particular Trans Am. The car is the work of Polly Motorsport of Norway, and there's a wealth of top tuner expertise beneath the mostly stock exterior. We're sure even in its heightened state of tune, the Polly Trans Am is infinitely less expensive than the $1.6 million you'd have to cough up for a Veyron, and its creators say it's still street legal. Hit this link for some videos, which would be even more entertaining if we could understand what they were saying. Props to reader Mitka who provided the synopsis that we've posted after the jump!


Photos by Camilla Smistad Tofterå

Subject: Fastest street legal official road car in Europe!

A 1987 Trans Am fastest official street legal road car in Europe!

Paul brought his Pontiac to the Papenburg car testing track, one of the newest and most advanced test tracks in the world. Mercedes where testing their new AMG sports models the same day as Pal was going for his personal speed record. Some engineers from AMG team criticized the optimistic Norwegian team for bringing an 80's trimmed American car to this super test track for the advanced European supercars. But what they didn't quite comprehend is that Pal Arvil Blytt and his Polly motorsport team from Norway works at a motor tuner garage in Godvik Norway and most important of all nothing more than the shell of this car resembles the stock Pontiac. With a brisk 8.9L V8 producing a whopping 1407 HP, Pal was soon doing AMG top speeds of 300km/h in his warming laps. After driving a couple of rounds around the track, Paul felt ready to see what his road machine would do! And after pressing the pedal to the metal the ARP technician Christoph Tharrey came over with his laptop computer with a big grin. Here we have the official numbers: 407.134 km/h

You may say well the 9FF team drove 409km/h in an extremely rebuilt Porsche 911 at the same track; this speed was recorded with their own equipment and therefore can be fixed and therefore is not recorded as an official speed record. Bugatti Veyron 407km/h is also recorded with their own equipment.

As the Papenburg track is to small for the Pontiac to reach its potential top speed of 435km/h and Volkswagen's test track costs 25.000 Euro an hour to rent. Paul is bringing his road legal car to the US in 2009 to challenge Shelby supercars official record of 412km/h.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      A Norwegian with a mullet? God help us. The Dodge Ram shows they're into serious iron.
      GiantkillerSS
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh man, only to have been there to see the faces of those snooty AMG engineers drop when this classic example of well modified American iron eclipsed 400km/h. Small block Chevy.. FTW! And you know this thing still probably get better gas mileage than what a Bugatti Veyron could only dream of.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @GiantkillerSS
        Displacement has nothing to do with it, a Chevy smallblock is just the designation for a particular engine. The factory took it to 400ci/6.6L and the current aftermarket will take it out to at least 454ci/7.4L.

        Either way, if I read the article correctly that would be a Big Block Chevy at 540cid under the hood. Wonder what happens if they stroke it some more? BBC's can go over 10L...
        GiantkillerSS
        • 6 Years Ago
        @GiantkillerSS
        I didn’t read the entire article.. just a quick glance. This sort of power can easily be made with a turbo charged small block Gen IV LSX motor though. Small block.. big block; both are not too far from the same family tree. The Veyron has always impressed me as a over-priced plaything for the super rich and a little b-tch car. I would much rather be driving around Europe in this instead destroying everything in my path.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @GiantkillerSS
        It's not a small block chevy, there is nothing chevy or GM under that hood whatsoever. Donovan big block with Dart heads, custom grind cams, procharger, etc.

        http://www.pollymotorsport.no/index.php?mapping=2
        • 6 Years Ago
        @GiantkillerSS
        Did you read any of the text??? 8.9 liter engine. Hardly a small block. More of a semi-like displacement engine.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @GiantkillerSS
        Okay fine, so it's not a small block, it's a Hemi (real hemi, not this new fakeroo).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Awesome!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Buy American!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Awesome even though I'm not a fan of this design.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow. Nothing I love more than an American muscle car. Especially the Ford Shelby Cobra Mustangs. Second place for me is The Judge (don't like the new one though, too wimpy looking). Yeah, this TransAm is tweaked big time, but that makes it even more awesome. I am just a old girl that loves bad ass cars. Wish I could have a collection of them.
      Ryan
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its really not the car...put enough horsepower with a drivetrain to handle it, you can make anything go that fast (well...maybe not an Winnebago). If I remember right, a few years ago, Peugot made a mini van that would go 220 MPH...all they did was take a formula one engine and shoe horn it in the back. The T/A was probably picked because thats a car you would not see every day on the roads of Europe
      RealBoss
      • 6 Years Ago
      407.134 km/t rekord fart
      Now that is some record. Was this fart recorded when he was flat out, or going though a turn. Per the website of Polly Motorsport.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow! A Pontiac? And it ran long enough to reach that speed? Amazing that the suspension and steering could keep the heap on the road all that time. Pontiacs are well known to be cars that are not driven above 30 Mph: they are aimed and one hopes for the best.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You apparently never owned a Pontiac. I have had three now, and I never found that to be true. I think that you were misinformed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      number one on the non-gay car list
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ha Ha HA
      Fastest production car in the world, and that also includes EUROPE would be the 1,001
      horse power BUGATTI VEYRON.

      Come on guys do your homework.
      Jay
      • 6 Years Ago
      yeah... are all you pompous fools seriously trying to compare this thing to a Veyron? the Veyron is the single most impressive accomplishment of engineering in human history. period.

      i mean, i'll admit, it is almost as fast as the Veyron, and would probably be a lot cheaper, but straight line speed doesnt count for much in a real race, the real question is how does it handle. also, although it may be street legal, i cant inagine that it is a very civilized car...

      from the picture above it looks like you'd get a stripped interior, racing buckets, and a roll cage as company in the cabin; plus it probably comes with one hell of a loud soundtrack...

      this is the interior of a Veyron: http://www.seriouswheels.com/pics-abc/Bugatti-EB-16-4-Veyron-interior-dash-1280x960.jpg
      which i may add is nearly silent at its top speed of 254 mph

      the two simply cannot be compared, i am not saying that this car is not an impressive achievement, quite the contrary in fact, im just saying that its in a whole different league.

      this is like comparing a techno remix of Billy Joel to Mozart
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