• Feb 28, 2011
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]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      That thing is SICK... Reminds me or the Freight Train drag racer from the 60's. Goes back to a simple time and place where steel, aluminum and rubber met creativity. Way to go, something outside the box.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like how raw the car is. Not every weld is a showpiece, you can clearly see it's been built from scratch in a small garage, and taken apart and changed and put back again.

      That really is modern day hot rodding. Props man it's great!
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car is a complete monster! I LOVE IT!
      • 3 Years Ago
      So...not to sound like an @$$, but what is the real name of the car? Is it Priaprism (with an "r"), or Priapism (minus the "r"). The article spells it like the former, but the link to the definition of the name refers to the latter.
        • 3 Years Ago
        As a real live medical student, I feel qualified to say that the medical condition is priapism (I think Autoblog has figured out that this is the car's name too, and corrected it).

        I also feel qualified to say that I fully support this name, and the car that its attached to...
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Enter the Priapism (yes, it means what you think it does, med students)."

        The word doesn't only mean a boner that won't go away, it also means an excessive interest in sex.

        Either way, great name!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hush, you. There is much silliness to appreciate here.
      • 3 Years Ago
      @Sire Custom Performance,

      Awesome work...and great film! We're just glad we could help out even minutely with whatever sponsorship was possible. Not too shabby for being built in the guys backyard, eh fellas?

      -May the force be with You, Don Antonio
      • 3 Years Ago
      1. Why does it have an International Harvester badge on the front?
      2. Why did I just *know* that Jay Leno was going to appear in that video?

      I don't like it. And yeah, maybe I *am* missing the point, but for that amount of effort he could have built a true performance car -- it just seems like a waste of talent to me. And it's the dumbest name ever -- priapism is not a good thing, and obsession with phalluses is a sign of arrested emotional development.
      • 3 Years Ago
      WHAT A COMMIT !

      " I've done so much with so little for so long that now I can do anything with nothing " !!!!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would love to see the coupler up close. Connecting two V8's and preventing the harmonics of one from interfering with the other can be a challenge.

      And while the exhaust may not be the best for tuning, I love the sound of it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Way to show us what the V16 sounds like...stupid cameramen...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I absolutely love this beast, but why put a slush box in it?????

      Think about how big your Priaprisum would be if you could manually row through a gated box ;-)
        • 3 Years Ago
        Who is Auto?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Probably because it's a daily driver, something to have fun in. Besides, the only people who beat on automatics are people who are trying their hardest to find a way for their manual transmission to be better than a automatic. Auto's shift faster, no stupid excuse of 'missing gears', etc. Why do you think the majority of drag vehicles use auto's?
        • 3 Years Ago
        I would be very surprised if three pedals was not his first choice, but clutches have their limits. There are precious few manual transmissions out there that can handle that level of torque, and they are very expensive.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very interesting vehicle, he lost me at "It's got an automatic transmission in it"
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would like to see more of these special creations on autoblog
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