I thought I'd go ahead and follow up the latest on Nigel's Hilux build with another pickup built for more than hauling parts. Say hello to Project Novakane, an on-going project vehicle from the folks at Truckin' Magazine.
I spotted the flat black 2004 GMC Sierra at the Hotchkis Autocross event in Fontana and it immediately caught my eye. Such is usually the case with abnormal vehicles like this one.
I wouldn't say I'm a stranger to fast trucks, but I was still amazed at hardcore this build is.
The place where your normally might throw some furniture, hay, or whatever else people load in pickups is taken up by a racing fuel cell and a relocated battery. The fenders have also been removed to fit a very aggressive wheel and tire setup.
20" BMF wheels with 275/40/20 Nitto NT05s and AP Racing brakes. Serious stuff.
Under the hood, the original 4.8 liter V8 was replaced by a GM Performance Parts LSX376 crate motor. If that wasn't enough, a Magnacharger TVS 2300 blower has also been added. When hooked to an engine dyno, the setup made just under 700 horsepower.
The monster motor is connected to a proper T-56 magnum transmission.
Obviously the there's still some work yet to be done, but based on its runs on the autocross course, there's huge potential here.
For a detailed breakdown of this truck's build-up, you can head over to the builds section of Truckin's website.