The Mega Race is coming. “What’s that?” you may be asking yourself. Well, if you’re into the show Street Outlaws or Fast n’ Loud, you’re probably aware that there is a big race coming up between Justin “Big Chief” Shearer and Richard Rawlings for Discovery-Channel bragging rights, apparently—which they have eloquently dubbed Mega Race. In essence, both are building racecars and pitting them against one another for car-show supremacy.
Both Shearer and Rawlings are bringing basically thinly veiled race cars to do battle. And while that’s cool and all, it’s the side action that we’re more interested in. Before the big race between Chief and Richard goes down, FarmTruck and AZN have issued a challenged to master builder, and former Gas Monkey, Aaron Kaufman to a little race of their own.
A few days ago, we learned that the car FarmTruck and AZN are bringing to the fight is a ’77 Trans Am equipped with a 455 cubic inch Pontiac big-block with two stages of nitrous. The exterior is painted in the familiar orange of the FarmTruck and it even has a camper shell grafted onto the car to “aid with aerodynamics” according to AZN.
While the car should be pretty fast in a straight line, the race they are participating in isn’t just a drag race. It will consist of an autocross, drag, and Kaufman mentions that there may be a tug-o-war if the race ends in a draw. So what would you bring if it were you?
Well, Kaufman, being the genius builder he is, decided to bring an LS-swapped BMW out to play. The car is fully caged and appears to be geared more toward dominating the autocross portion of the race. That’s not to say, however, that what ever LS is lurking beneath the hood couldn’t be packing enough heat to burry FarmTruck and AZN’s Trans Am–but it looks unlikely.
Discovery’s website has Kaufman’s car listed as having an LS1 backed by a T56 Magnum transmission, but the odd thing about that is it also says that it has an SLP blower on it–which it obviously doesn’t in the pictures. We highly doubt that it got added later and it makes us skeptical about whether or not the LS in the car is actually an LS1 or not.
Obviously the engine has been built and sports a Holley Sniper intake, Holley throttle body, MSD ignition coils, and a set of Hooker headers. We can only guess that a cam is also in there somewhere. Judging by the engine alone, however, Kaufman didn’t bring enough power to win the drag race, so we’re guessing he’s hedging his bets on the autocross. And, lets be honest; since this is a TV show it will probably end in a tug-o-war for rating’s sakes.
Only time will tell and the episode is set to premier on Monday March 27, so you won’t have to wait too long to find out. Needless to say, we are pulling for the LS-powered Beemer, but we don’t mind the second-gen either—though it needs an LS swap for sure.