Nova Monster: Steve Spiess Has A 565ci, Twin-Turbo Ford Boss Engine In His Chevy And It Flies – Drag Week Car!


Nova Monster: Steve Spiess Has A 565ci, Twin-Turbo Ford Boss Engine In His Chevy And It Flies – Drag Week Car!

Steve Spiess is a bad ass. In the event you do not know who tis guy is, he’s knocked down championships in the world of IHRA mountain motor pro stock, he has started, grown, and sold companies, and he is an inveterate hot rodder. When Freiburger and I saw his incredible BossaNova sitting in the pits on the first day at Drag Week 2019 we were drawn to it like moths into a fire. The rumors we had heard about the car were all true. The thing is insane. Clean as a whistle, fabricated with a surgeon’s precision, and packing a twin turbocharged 565ci John Kaase Ford Boss 9 style engine, it’s the freaky kind of thing you only see at Drag Week.

Thanks to the VictoryRedColorado channel on YouTube, we now get a look at the car as it was being shaken down at Rt66 Raceway this year prior to drag week. We’re virtually certain that this thing will turn six second elapsed times when it is fully lined out. The engine makes incredible power, the chassis is a thing of beauty, and Spiess never really had the chance to stretch the thing’s legs this year. His Drag Week came to a close early, no based on mechanical issues but due to some heath stuff that slowed down his co-driver and caused them to pack it in for next year. Hey, it’s grueling!

Enjoy this look at one of the finest and most unique Chevy Novas we have ever seen!

Press play to see Steve Spiess make shakedown passes in his Nova!


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5 thoughts on “Nova Monster: Steve Spiess Has A 565ci, Twin-Turbo Ford Boss Engine In His Chevy And It Flies – Drag Week Car!

  1. Curtis

    I used to hate it when people switched engines to a different make of body. After growing up a bit and reading about the early days of hot rodding I’ve switched my way of thinking 180 degrees.
    Two of my all time favorite hot rods were featured in 80’s magazines: one was a 1970 Cuda (possibly a Challenger, long time ago!) with a 302 sbc out of a 1969 Z-28 with a tunnel ram, two 4bbls. and a wild 80’s style panel paint job. The other car was a white 1956 chevy with a 413 wedge and an early 150 shot N.O.S. system on it. I think the car ran 11.50’s which was pretty quick for a street car in the mid 80’s.
    Marrying a great body style and a memorable engine of a different make is a sure sign of a creative and forward thinker.
    If I can get enough cash saved up the next hot rod I build will be a 69 Roadrunner with a _____ engine. Twin turbos and a nine inch/12bolt hybrid. A clutch turbo would be cool but its got to be streetable and thats not, unsure on that one yet.

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