• Jul 12, 2011
Stuffing engine A into automobile B has been part an enthusiast rite of passage for decades. Fast-forward to 2011, and someone has finally jumped to engine Z. Rather, they've taken the engine from a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, and slung it betwixt the front fenders of a Silverado pickup truck.

Ford Lightning owners, Dodge Ram SRT owners and Toyota Tundra TRD owners... bow to your new master.

For those of you not familiar with this particular engine (how?), allow us to enlighten you. What you're looking at above is the LS9 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine. The power output is rated at 638 horses and 604 pound-feet of torque, and all that forward go is now propelling the rear wheels of a Silverado pickup.

Someone get sandbags, high-octane fuel and a video camera, because we want to see this rig run down the drag strip. Our hats off to the mad minds at Houston-based Fastlane for their unholy creation.


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      LeadHead
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's the point of all these LS9 swaps? You can buy a regular LS series block, put internals in it that are stronger than the LS9's, slap a big blower or turbo on it making even more power than a stock LS9, and still be under half the cost of an LS9 Crate engine....
        Peter DePriest
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LeadHead
        While I agree that more power could be had for less money it just doesnt have the same appeal to it as saying your truck has a ZR1 motor. Its more exclusive and unique, as well as simpler. And dont forget a crate motor comes with a warranty
      Mad_Science
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hopefully it's in bottom-spec work truck trim with widened versions of the poverty steelies.
      erhcanadian
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great engine, but it needs a sports car chassis to get the most out of the engine.
      Kghd
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was expecting a video...
      IOMTT
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh...why the hell not?
      CJ_S4
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is pretty badass and crazy HP in a gasoline truck. I bet it sounds like a beast too. I wouldn't be suprised to see 12's out of a pickup with this kind of power... My TRD Supercharged Tundra with headers/exhaust and tune made 470HP and 500 ft-lbs to the rear wheels (equating to about 575 HP and 610 ft-lbs at the crank) with 33" BFG A/T's on it. I don't think you're going to see more than 600 crank HP out of a Tundra without building the engine, tranny, etc. But at least it still kept its factory powertrain warranty!
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is a LOT of money to just to be able to say you did it. Making 638hp with a LS engine of any design is as simple as a turbo kit. A 4.8L won't even break a sweat up to over 800hp, and that is bone stock factory. LS9s as crate engines are upwards of $25k, and a banged up ZR1 would still have to be well North of that figure. A bone stock LS3 with a Whipple can even best the LS9, albeit without out all the neat internal goodies. I guess "first" means more to some people than if something makes sense.
        Varcity
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        Well if he halready had the truck, why not put a great engine in it, maybe he already has a sports car.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Jeff Glucker
        • 3 Years Ago
        The TRD Tundra is a beast... over 500 for both HP and torque.
          nsxrules
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jeff Glucker
          He's talking about the TRD SUPERCHARGED 5.7 liter Tundra which is conservatively rated at 504 HP and 550 lb-ft http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/car/09q3/toyota_tundra_trd_supercharged-first_drive_review
      karman876
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't believe you put TRD in the same sentence with Lightning and SRT.
        miketim1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @karman876
        The TRD trundra makes 550 HP and u can get it in short wheel base form..... thats something to mention. Speed is speed no matter the badge.... bais much ?
          whamhammer
          • 3 Years Ago
          @miketim1
          You mean you can buy a short wheel base and THEN add a supercharger. Its not comming off the truck with it that way. And if its as good as the old 4.7 supercharger TRD add-on, it wont be very good.
          Richard Goebel
          • 3 Years Ago
          @miketim1
          Does TRD stand for TURD?
        DeezNutz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @karman876
        I know right? The TRD is on a whole other level.
        nsxrules
        • 3 Years Ago
        @karman876
        Good point karman876, TRD actually builds race winning cars and trucks where the the Lightning and SRT brands couldn't compete.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          SVT builds race winning cars, also. Ford Racing and SVT are one in the same. Same goes for SRT and Mopar.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        LoneWolf
        • 3 Years Ago
        Somehow I can't find a Silverado with a LS9 on chevrolet.com, but I'm sure you can provide a link.
          Elvoid Walker IV
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LoneWolf
          I think what he means is, that its (like most if not all of chevy small blocks) is based off of the 350 which has found a nice home under the beds of gm's trucks.
          Dump
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LoneWolf
          I'm sure the Silverado weighs a bit more than the Corvette. The LS9 would be forced to push a much heavier load than originally designed for. This swap may burnout the transmission.
      trans-am phoenix
      • 3 Years Ago
      America... Hell Yeah
      Elvoid Walker IV
      • 3 Years Ago
      yeah I meant hoods, dont judge me lol :)
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