What’s faster than a Coyote-powered Mustang, has a shorter wheel base than a Ford Pinto, and able to pull wheelies in a single bound? A turbo 6.0-liter LS-swapped Geo Tracker of course!
To truly appreciate this creation that we found on RacingJunk’s website you need to take a look at the history of this vehicle. Chevrolet introduced the Geo Tracker in 1988 as a mini Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). The little Tracker was a hybrid in design thanks to a joint venture between General Motors in Canada and Suzuki. Most of these things were built in Japan from 1989-1990 and then imported into the United States due to delays at the factory in Canada.
The Tracker’s power plant consisted of a 1.6-liter SOHC four-cylinder engine cranking out a pathetic 80 horsepower. In 1989 the mini SUV was offered in two trim options, the base model, and the LSI hardtop. The top of the line LSI included air conditioning, rally wheels, 3-speed GM Turbo-Hydromatic 180 automatic transmission and bucket seats among other things. All of the trackers were four-wheel drive until 1992 when the base two-wheel drive was offered. In 1996 a new 1.6-liter power plant was introduced that made a mountainous 96 horsepower.
So why would you take a SUV that is rated at 96 horsepower and think it’s a good idea to stuff a turbo 6.0 liter LS in its place? The truth is it’s probably not, but it’s one we can get behind! After all, you can’t help but smile when this micro machine launches in the video and completes a 1/4mile pass. The nine-second machine is right at home on the street and is sure to get all kinds of attention from admirers and haters alike.
An Lq4 engine was swapped in the Geo and has been upgraded with LS9 head gaskets, head studs, Brian Tooley Racing camshaft, ON3 Performance 7875 turbo kit, and it all somehow manages to fit under the factory hood. The 6.0-liter operates on E85 with a flex fuel system, and the Kenny Bell Boost-A-Pump controls the voltage to the in-tank Walbro 450 fuel pump. Fuel is delivered to the 80lb Siemens Deka injectors through a -8AN fuel line while a factory GM ECU still runs the engine.
You might think that this neat little ride has a Powerglide or a Turbo 350 due to the limited space under the floorboard but you would be mistaken. Somehow they managed to fit the much larger 4L80e unit in the transmission tunnel. The 4L80e has been upgraded with a TransGo shift kit and a PTC converter. It even has a remote transmission cooler installed with dedicated fans to keep the temperatures at bay while cruising up and down the strip.
The front suspension is stock which includes factory disc brakes. However, the rear axle under the Geo has been replaced. A Ford 8.8-inch rear was used with 4.11 gears and a limited-slip differential. The 8.8 also utilizes the Ford Explorer disc brakes, and according to the owner, it has no problem stopping at 135mph. Weld Pro Stars and Mickey Thompsons 275/60R15 drag radials are used to keep the Geo hooked up off the line and pulls consistant 1.5 60-foot times.
The interior is much like the way it came from the dealer back in 1993 with the addition of a roll cage and a 5-point harness. The 8-point cage is certified for an 8.50 if you feel the need for even more speed. Other add-ons include an Innovate Motorsports wideband, fuel gauge, temperature gauge, oil pressure gauge, and a boost gauge.
This Geo Tracker not only goes 9.8s at 132mph but it is also capable of 1.45 60-foot times when launched with the MSD 2-step. But wait, there’s more! If you want to foot brake the little tike, it will do huge wheelies at will and nothing is more fun that yanking the front tires to impress your loved ones.
Yes, you can drive this beauty home today for the low, low price of $14,500. So what are you waiting for? Click here to contact the owner and get more information on this four-wheeled LS-swapped wonder.
*Owners Disclaimer: “This is not a beginners car and is best for someone who has some experience with fast vehicles. No test drives without full payment in hand. Cash, no trades.”