2013 Detroit Autorama: Blue Mamba – A V10 Viper Powered VW Karmann Ghia

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At the 2013 Detroit Autorama, as might be expected, there were at least a few small block Chevy V8s in 1930s vintage Ford hot rods. As great a motor as the SBC is, I prefer engine swaps with a little more creativity, like this Volkswagen Karmann Ghia powered by a V10 engine from a Dodge Viper, massaged to put out 650 HP. It was built by Deanz Rodz and Race Carz of Graymont, Illinois for owner Keith Goggin. Both front and rear suspensions are made from billet aluminum and in the case of the rear end, the IRS was custom designed for this car. Actually, everything underneath the skin is custom, including a full box section frame. Deanz brought the car to Detroit not to compete for the Ridler or any other award, but just to have some fun. They ended up going up with a 1st Place trophy in the Radical Sports category along with a plaque of recognition for the car’s “outstanding engineering”. If you note, while there’s plenty of chrome, the friction surfaces of the brake rotors have not been chromed. This is intended to be a driver and with that much power in a car that originally had 36 horsepower I bet it will drive pretty quickly.

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