- If you're like me,
you're always looking for a reason to go fast.
But one thing that always gets in the way of doing that
is money and my lack of it.
So, how do you go fast on a shoe string budget?
We've already covered how to get a cool ride
for under ten grand,
but this video is going to be a little different.
We're not going to factor in looks, cool factor,
reliability, fuel efficiency, or even handling,
just the cheapest way to go the absolute fastest
in a straight line.
Some cars might be stocked,
some will need a few modifications,
but they all have crazy potential.
Keep in mind that there are a million ways of going fast,
these are just a few that we thought of.
You probably have some good ideas too,
so hit us up in the comments,
and while you're at it, hit that like button,
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- Holy crap.
- From 2005 to 2007, the Cobalt ss had an eten supercharged
version of the two liter ecotec inline for
making 205 horsepower.
You cane easily throw a smaller pulley on there
to get a nice boost in power.
Don't be afraid to do that because Chevy actually offered
smaller blower pulleys as a dealer option
so it's not that risky.
The supercharged engine couldn't meet EPA standards for 2008
so for that year, the Cobalt went turbo.
You can get up to 155 miles an hour.
I found a tune online for 350 bucks
that boosts a stock engine to 300 wheel horsepower
in a car that weighs 3,000 pounds.
You can get even more power with boltons.
I'm taking 350.
The best part is that you can find Cobalts anywhere between
four and 6,000 dollars.
That's a pretty good deal, but you know what car
has the same engine and is even cheaper?
The Saturn ion redline edition.
Did a Saturn really make this list?
It's got the same supercharged ecotec from the Cobalt,
and in my opinion, looks a little better.
Luckily, these ion redlines are still around.
I'm guessing because no one knew about them,
and they're Saturns,
but we found at least five of them for three grand,
and with a top speed of 144,
this makes the Saturn ion redline
the best value buy thus far.
- Holy crap.
- Next up is the Mitsubishi eclipse, Eagle talon,
and Plymouth laser.
They're all basically the same thing.
This car shouldn't be a shock to anyone.
The first gen Mitsubishi eclipse is a classic tuner
and for good reason.
It's got the rugged 4G63 iron block engine
that can handle a ton more power if you wanted to modify it,
but does great on it's own.
This is the same motor that the Evo had.
The 4G63t powered GSX puts out 195 horsepower.
It's not a lot, but that's the point.
It's typical for a stockbottom end to handle 500 horsepower.
All you need to boost power fast is a bigger turbo
and a fuel pump.
After market parts for the 4G63 are pretty cheap,
and complete engines aren't a bad deal either
if you're looking to swap.
I will concede that Eclipses are becoming harder to find,
especially the all wheel drive GSX
which can drive up the price.
If you want to save that cash,
try finding any car with the 4G63 engine.
Cars like the fourth gen Mitsubishi Mirage
and the second gen Hyundai Sonata.
Imagine building a Sonata that ran tens.
Let's look at a few cars
that can be turned into absolute beasts
with an ebay whistleyboi.
If you get your hands on a first gen Chevy Silverado,
with the 5.3 liter vortec v8 and a short bed,
that's already pretty fun for a truck,
but strap an ebay turbo onto that bad boy,
you're looking at tens at the drag strip.
Bring it up with Tony Angelo.
He told me this.
I say throw that sucker in anything it'll fit inside.
Fords, Nissans, Miatas, I don't care.
V8 the world.
There are literally millions of five threes out there
which means they're cheaper than dirt too.
The five three might be the most swapped engine ever
and the after market for them is humongous.
Speaking of V8's,
I didn't mention the Mustang on my last list,
but I will now.
I have it on good authority,
that the fourth gen, or SN95 Mustang,
is in their 4.6 liter V8s
respond incredibly well to turbo charging.
The SN95 gets budget bonus points too
because most people think they're really ugly,
thus keeping demand low.
- You guys know I can't make a list
without putting a Honda on it.
People sleep on the Prelude.
Under the hood is the H22,
which I think of as Honda's big block drag racing motor.
I'm not going to bull (beep) you okay,
nice Preludes are going to command a nice price,
but you can get grody ones like this one
for under two grand.
Throw an ebay turbo on it,
and you've got a six sleeper for test and tune nights
at the drag strip.
Shout out Famoso raceway.
The final car on this list is probably my favorite.
It's the Dodge neon SRT4.
It's got a turbo from the factory,
doesn't have a muffler,
and it embarrassed Mustangs and Camaros all through the obs.
These were rated at 230 hrsprs in the factory,
but Dodge was actually under rating them.
There are many reports of people dino-ing stock SRT4's
and seeing 230 at the wheels.
You can find these things cheap,
but don't expect them to be nice.
Most of them are clocked out and modded to hell and back,
but hey turbo charger.
If you really want to go off the beaten path,
the PT cruiser GT came with he same engine
and made the same power.
The only downside is you have to drive a PT cruiser.
Can't stomach the PT, then look for a Dodge caliber SRT4.
It made 285 horses from a 2.4 liter engine
and also came with a 6 speed manual.
That's pretty sick.
I feel like we're actually digging deep for these.
To end my list,
I have two honorable mentions that can be fast as heck
but are super super duper hard to find.
The first is a Suzuki Swift GTI
which has a turbo'd 3 cylinder engine,
but you can't find them anywhere.
Believe me, I've tried.
If you see one for sale,
buy it because it's going to be a classic in like five years
The second is the Dodge Omni GLH.
These things were tuned by Carroll Shelby himself,
and the GLH stands for goes like hell,
which is how you know it's fast.
Hopefully you got some good ideas from this episode.
Now, go buy something and make it fast.
Fast car, NASCAR.
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