Dare we say it, but with advances in turbocharged technology have come a kind of uniformity in what people are building these days. The famed turbocharged junkyard LS engine is a combo that makes dumb power for dumber money and we cannot argue against it and the fact that we’ll be talking about them for decades to come. That being said, we miss the days when guys would build stuff like is shown below because (1) it is different and (2) it is stupidly powerful. Big Pontiac, Olds, and Buick engines LOVE turbocharging. No, they do not have the weight and packaging advantage an LS has but seriously if you were given the choice of two engines. The first junkyard turbo LS and the second this 823hp, 911 ft-lb Olds…which one are YOU taking?
This video is cool because it shows a couple of pulls and it really illustrates just how awesome this combo is. It makes the big numbers on 15 lbs of boost and good gas. When put on pump gas and tamed down the horsepower comes to 600+ and the torque is still diesel-esque. This engine landed in a four door Olds sedan that has steel wheels and nothing to alert anyone that is a full on weapon.
Low RPM, no real noise to speak of, an idle as smooth as a baby’s ass, and iron heads. How can you go wrong with this?!