Pro Touring Twin Turbo LS9 Swapped ’81 Trans Am Makes 1,000 hp

Image Source: Schwartz Performance

Image Source: Schwartz Performance

It’s unfortunate that second-generation Camaro and Firebirds are often overlooked due to the popularity of first generation models.

However, the gents over at Schwartz Performance out of Woodstock, Illinois saw the potential in this second-generation ’81 Firebird Trans Am, and they’ve created one badass restomod from it.

10365982_1301645036519462_2909449483684425860_nGRThe story behind this second-gen Trams Am is pretty simple. Start with a rough ’81 Trans Am, throw a ton of go-fast and look-good parts at it, and you get 1,000-plus horsepower to the rear-wheels. But how did they get there? Schwartz Performance started from the ground up with a brand-new G Machine bolt-on full-length frame that the company offers. Complimenting the new frame and ensuring the new pro-touring car can handle, is a complete RideTech triple-adjustable coil-over suspension, a full set of Baer Extreme-Plus 14-inch 6-piston brakes both front and rear, and a set of Forgeline TA3P wheels and Michelin Pilot PS2 tires on all four corners.

The new LS9 engine has been modified with all the right parts. Forged internals from Wiseco, ported cylinder heads, and an Eagle forged LS7 style crankshaft set a perfect foundation for the new twin 70mm turbochargers and LS7 dry-sump oil system. The result? An astounding 1,041 RWHP and 858 lb-ft of torque. This fully forged and twin-turbocharged beast is cooled using a Be Cool aluminum radiator and dual SPAL fan combination.

1001975_1301645043186128_5316286717938919340_nGRTransferring all this Trans Am’s new-found power comes from a Bowler Performance built 4L85E 8-speed automatic transmission, paired with a custom-fabricated aluminum driveshaft. A Winters Performance 9-inch aluminum center housing and 9-inch center section house the all-new Wavetrac differential (with 3.70 rear-gears) and Moser Engineering full-floating hubs and axles.

We think is safe to say this LS9 swapped ’81 Trans Am has it all. The looks, the handling, and most of all, the performance. Check out the rest of the build sheet on Schwartz Performance’s website here where you’ll find more details on the engine, transmission, and interior combination.

8417809097_9c8f20b022_cGR

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.
Read My Articles

Hot Rods and Muscle Cars in your inbox.

Build your own custom newsletter with the content you love from Street Muscle, directly to your inbox, absolutely FREE!

Free WordPress Themes
Street Muscle NEWSLETTER - SIGN UP FREE!

We will safeguard your e-mail and only send content you request.

Street Muscle - The Ultimate Muscle Car Magazine

We'll send you the most interesting Street Muscle articles, news, car features, and videos every week.

Street Muscle - The Ultimate Muscle Car Magazine

Street Muscle NEWSLETTER - SIGN UP FREE!

We will safeguard your e-mail and only send content you request.

Street Muscle - The Ultimate Muscle Car Magazine

Thank you for your subscription.

Subscribe to more FREE Online Magazines!

We think you might like...



Classic Ford Performance

Street Rods

Classic Chevy Magazine

Street Muscle - The Ultimate Muscle Car Magazine

Thank you for your subscription.

Subscribe to more FREE Online Magazines!

We think you might like...

  • Classic Ford Performance
  • Street Rods
  • Classic Chevy Magazine

Street Muscle - The Ultimate Muscle Car Magazine

Thank you for your subscription.

Thank you for your subscription.

Street Muscle - The Ultimate Muscle Car Magazine

Thank you for your subscription.

Thank you for your subscription.

Loading