- Feb 28, 2011
Video: Twin small-block V8 Priapism is enviable hedonism
Yannick Sire Priapism – Click above to watch the video
Yannick Sire got his start building muscle cars for the racetrack back before the pro touring craze really got under way. In his younger days, he cut his teeth on the L.A. car scene in a heavily modified 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle while drawing a paycheck from Ted Toki at Westside Performance.
That eventually led to Sire opening his own shop, Sire Custom Performance in Inglewood, CA. It was at this shop that his love of high-revving small blocks met with an imagination too wild to languish in the ever-growing pro touring scene. Sire, having decided that nobody had built anything truly cool in ages, took it upon himself to change that.
Enter the Priapism (yes, it means what you think it does, med students). It's a home-built twin-engined roadster employing a keep-it-simple philosophy. The interior? No nonsense. Seat, steering wheel, seat belts. That's it. The engines? Chevrolet 350 small-blocks with hydraulic-roller cams and AFR heads which put down about 900 hp between them. That much power is pulling around a scant 2,307 pounds, even with heavy 20-inch wheels borrowed from a BMW X5.
Power goes to the ground via a Dana 60 rear axle holding 3.54 gears. Keeping the power at bay is a set of Chevrolet Corvette Z06 brakes and Continental 275/35 R20 tires up front and ludicrous 315/35 R20s out back. If you're a Hot Rod magazine subscriber, you may recognize this car from a feature a couple years back, but this California beast continues to evolve, and the video after the jump is a newly produced (and wholly spectacular) feature. Check it out.
[Sources: Oli + Joe via Vimeo, Hot Rod]