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Old 07-24-2011, 05:51 PM   #1
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how to make a 500 horsepower lt1

hey i just bought a 1997 z28 and i want to make 500 horses outta it. what would be the best way? turbo, supercharger, nos, all motor? and i want it to be reliable and to be as cost efficient as possible? and what parts do i need?
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Either way you decide will cost you a shortblock with H beam rods,forged pistons, stock crank can hang and of course the proper machine work..........
Turbo set up will get you there easily with a rear mount
Procharger will get you there Good ported heads,required
Nitrous will take you there good ported heads will help a lot
N/A well you need a great bottom end and great heads,generally AFRs fully ported with a good size solid roller cam and a BUTT load of tuning...................355 w/ 12.1+ comp. 383-386 cid or a 396" will need to happen....If you plan to drive it around alot I would suggest procharger or turbo with 355-385 inches
Its gonna be a money,plan and research venture for you however entirely doable goal
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How much power have you driven in the past?
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Are you looking for 500HP at the flywheel, or at the rear wheels? If at the rear wheels, do you have an automatic or manual transmission?
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Re: how to make a 500 horsepower lt1

Injuneer has asked the right initial questions. There is a pretty big difference between 500 at the flywheel, and 500 at the tires.

Start out being realistic - How much money can you really afford to spend on the whole project ? Besides the engine itself, you need to have the supporting systems in place as well. At a minimum, these will include fuel pump & injectors, computer tuning, and headers & exhaust. Then you need to determine what kind of driveability you can tolerate. This is just the beginning of the process if you want to do it right.
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It takes lots of $$$$$ don't forget about the trans/converter if its a A4, clutch if M6, 10 bolt isn't going to live long at 500 hp, better start thinking about suspension upgrades and some sub frame connectors, There is a laundry list of bolt ons and upgrades that need to be done when you get to those numbers. Do research lots and lots of it.
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The reason I asked how much power he had driven is a lot of folks get a number in their head without any idea what that actually translates to from the driver's seat. Let's be realistic, if 500hp is used well it will cause an f-body to need a rollbar at the track, not many folks are willing or can afford to do that to their car.
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Re: how to make a 500 horsepower lt1

Personally i'd take a 350hp car that can accelerate faster than a 500hp dyno queen
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