Video: NA LS1-Powered Stick-Shift Holden Ute Runs 11s In The Quarter

In the modern world of drag racing, both professional and novice, it is commonplace to see some variation of power adder in use. Whether that’s a turbocharger, supercharger or nitrous, many enthusiasts find one form or another beneficial for continuing to push the boundaries of their vehicle. But commanding more air and fuel from boost isn’t always the answer.

Case in point would be Admir’s 1998 Holden Ute which comes to us all the way from Down Under. Admir accomplishes the same goal with the same outcome; he just does things a bit different is all. Admir likes to keep things “all natural”, by which we mean his LS1-powered Ute consists of an all-motor build. And, if that wasn’t impressive enough, his Ute is backed by a manual transmission as well.

The all-motor LS1 build consists of a forged rotating assembly – though it retains the factory displacement (346ci) – and was built by Flowcraft Race Engines out of Ravenhall, Australia. The forged LS1 benefits from custom Flowcraft CNC ported cylinder heads and a custom hydraulic camshaft, along with a custom exhaust.

Admir’s Ute depends on a Tremec T56 six-speed manual transmission and a Mantic twin-disc clutch setup in lieu of a traditional automatic transmission which is commonly used amongst drag racers, but that’s what makes it so unique. A 9-inch differential paired with billet 31-spline axles and 4.56 gears help to propel Admir’s Holden down the quarter-mile in the bottom 11s, breaching what could arguably be 10s with a few tweaks. Not bad for an all-motor LS1 car that makes nearly 420 horsepower at the rear wheels!

About the author

Harrison Noble

Living in San Diego for most of his life, Harrison was exposed to a variety of cars at an early age. His passion for anything that is fast, or has a V8, brought him to Power Automedia.
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