Horsepowers of the apocalypse: Steve Morris Engines’ 3625hp big block Chev

We know that Steve Morris Engines do some of the craziest high-horsepower engine builds, but this one gets a bit more interesting. This isn’t just a dedicated race engine – this one is built to work just as well cruising on pump gas, as it does screaming down the drag strip, burning methanol.

We’ll start with a number to explain why this is such a big deal.

Three thousand, six hundred and twenty five. That’s how much horsepower this boosted big block assaults the dyno with, and it’s the sort of number that was once only the domain of twelve-year-old boys on internet forums who claimed that’s how much power their imaginary Mustang made.

What’s more, this is only the test mule! Once all the parts prove themselves, they will be installed in a billet version engine, more capable of handling the stresses of 3,600-plus horsepower, and just maybe letting them squeeze a few more horses out.

Intended to be installed in a 1969 Camaro dragster, the 615ci (10.1-liter) twin-turbocharged big block Chev runs two separate fuel systems – one dedicated to pumping huge amounts of methanol into the cylinders to move the ’69 Camaro down the drag strip, and another to run the engine on premium pump gas when it’s just cruising.

Of course, like the wild animal this engine is, this kind of boost needs some serious control. That’s why Steve has used two Turbosmart 60mm PowerGate wastegates and two massive Big Bubba blow-off valves to keep near-36 pounds of boost in check.

It’s not the first time we’ve been left stunned by one of Steve’s builds. Earlier in the year, he made the 3000hp engine in this sand-chewing Hummer H1.

With 3625hp, this big block is expected to get Tom Bailey’s 1969 Camaro known as ‘Sick 2.0′ down the quarter mile in the five second zone.

These sorts of builds are the ones that make us love guys like Steve. These crazy mad-scientist-like projects leave us in shock and awe and put smiles on our faces. And yet, for these guys, putting something like this together is just another day at the office.

Let SME walk you through the build in the video below.

TopSpeed Ukraine’s Nissan R32 GT-R Drag Car

Ukraine is not normally a country that comes to mind when you think of drag racing. Indeed, they don’t appear to have much infrastructure in the way of drag strips – but what they do have is an abundance of big, empty airfields.

It looks quite beautiful, really. A vast, abandoned relic of war being re-purposed for the pursuit of speed. Under the Ukranian sunset, the TopSpeed GT-R, a weed-ridden concrete runway and some makeshift timing gear make for an eerily picturesque sight.

The car is impressive to look at – it really means business. It’s even more impressive launching down a runway, with more vigour and urgency than any of the planes that used the same concrete.

But it’s what’s underneath and the story behind it that makes the TopSpeed R32 GT-R something really special.

Built by Andrey Kravchenko, the project started in 2010 when the car had an RB26 engine. This engine was worked continuously, transmissions changed and ECUs swapped in order to make the quarter mile times tumble.

In 2014, the pinnacle of the car’s RB-engined days, Andrey ran a 7.43 at Santa Pod drag strip in the UK – one of the rare occasions the car was actually run on a proper dragstrip with proper tarmac, and not lumpy, low-traction airfield concrete.

After this, Andrey knew that to get faster, the engine had to be rethought completely. And that meant bidding farewell to the trusty RB. The replacement engine still came from the same lineage, however – it was to be a VR38 V6 from the R35 GT-R. Twin-turbocharged and Turbosmart-equipped, of course.

The idea came about simply because Andrey wanted to do something different, and many people were talking about how cool it would be to see a VR38 mated to an R32 transmission in an R32 body. And they were right, it is cool. And fast.

But it is still very much a work in progress, and a far bigger task to get this unique engine choice to the same level of power and reliability that the well-proven RB was. The potential of this new engine is exciting, though. And with his persistent dedication and serious drive, Andrey will hopefully have this car beating its own records in no time.

It’s already looking pretty damn quick to us. It’s amazing to see that a drag car of this calibre was made by people who had never seen it perform on a ‘proper’ dragstrip. We can’t wait to see what times Andrey ends up getting out of the VR38 when the car hits some drag strip tarmac. It definitely could ruffle a few feathers.