Whoa: Have You Seen Nelson Racing Engines?

Imagine you are a multi-millionaire driving to work in your luxurious ’91 Chevrolet Caprice (hey, it could happen).  Gas is cheap, the sun is shining, brightly colored flowers are swaying, ducks are quacking, and life sure is good.  With the windows wide open and the radio cranked, you do your best to harmonize with Mariah Carey because nobody else is around to judge you.  You are sure that today is going to be an absolutely wonderful day.  Mariah and yourself are just about to hit the pinnacle of “We belong together”, when your Caprice violently puke’s its connecting rod through the side of the engine block.  Ca-Blooey!  Rap Rap Ca-Pow!  Thud….  Mariah will have to finish this one without you.

Silence has surrounded you as you woefully roll to the side of the road.  The sun, flowers, and ducks have all vanished as well.  Could your engine have really been trying to escape your singing?  Ouch. While you can’t be sure about your engine’s motives, you can be sure that your smooth sailing, sweet B-body needs a new power plant. What a bummer…  Or is it?

Sure, you can call a junkyard or a dealer and get another boooooring stock sbc engine swapped into the engine bay, but who the heck wants that?  Oh that’s right, nobody does.  This little connected rod mishap is really the Caprice’s way of informing you that it is bored and needs more excitement under the ol’ bonnet.  You are left with only 1 option, a Nelson Racing Engine.  Is there any logical reason to not treat yourself to a twin turbo 1600+ horsepower tire shredder?  I doubt it.  Everybody deserves to have a work of art under their hood, and you are no exception.

For a nominal price of just $40K, you land yourself a “572 Twin Turbo Daily Driver Series” engine with 1600 horsepower and 1700 ft lbs of torque.  With the Dart block, Hell Fire rings, forged pistons, and two 76mm Turbonetics turbos pushing 15 psi through your intake, your Caprice should be happy again.  It won’t have to listen to your terrible beautiful voice anymore because of the obnoxiously loud wastegate dumps. You will also be able to burn off your tires in such grand fashion that police officers may actually applaud you for such gross displays of horsepower. Ok, maybe not that last one, but your 1 wheel peels will be grandiose enough to get a few hits on YouTube.

Nelson really does an unmatched job at making crazy horsepower with engines that look like art work.  Each and every piece that is bolted onto the engine block looks like it blended, smoothed, flow tested, and then painted with the finest paints.  While the price of one of these engines is obviously quite huge, just imagine how many hours of labor goes into each of those parts.  Polishing the intake alone is probably 7 billion hours of miserable labor.  Between the welding, the smooth transitions between all of the parts, the custom intake manifold, and the hundreds of other parts that have all been massaged by human hands, there are few cars worthy of such beauty. These guys would definitely be getting multiple high 5’s from me if I ever met them.

Ducks, please commence quacking again.

…..Because we love the videos here on this particular car blog, here is today’s.  It’s a Nelson racing 427 small block, twin turbo, on the dyno.  It apparently makes 1750 hp on race gas, though the video doesn’t show quite that much. Either way, very awesome.


Can’t see the video?  Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRb2eAzOZU8

Images borrowed from: http://www.nelsonracingengines.com/

Jeremy Nutt

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8 thoughts to “Whoa: Have You Seen Nelson Racing Engines?”

    1. They sure are! I saw that car in person a few years ago, and it is just as awesome in person as it is in magazines & on interwebs. It definitely made me think I need a 2nd gen F-body!

  1. Yes Nelson is awesome. They have been around for a good while but are always rapidly improving everything. I heart them

  2. What kinda price are we talking about to get that power to the pavement? 40k for the motor alone but what does it cost to get everything else you need to translate all that power to the road?

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