After a nasty crash at Maryland International Raceway in 2011, Mike’s Trans Am went from f
Being a carpenter and building a racecar both have a lot in common. They require expert precision, attention to detail, and the ability to solve problems in a creative manner. Maybe that's why most people would not be shocked to find out that carpenter Mike Brown of the Ohio Boys racing team built arguably one of the most intimidating Trans Ams in the world.
Mike started as many of us often have, taking a Pontiac out on the car-show circuit. In his case, it was a 30th Anniversary Trans Am convertible. Before long, he wanted some track time, and he and friend Steve Turley formed The Ohio Boys Racing team. Together, they built a '96 Formula Firebird, and had some great success with it in and around Ohio.
After the aforementioned Formula was lost to an on-track accident, Mike built a wicked, turbocharged '02 Collectors Edition Trans Am, while Steve campaigned a Camaro. Still the '02 T/A was way too clean for Mike to cut up and re-create into the level of race car he wanted, so he searched for a shell worthy of his new goal—total LSX domination.
Mike found and bought a '98 Trans Am roller, and it was exactly what he wanted. It was all hands on deck at the Ohio Boys camp—parts were sourced, companies approached, and a master plan was put into motion to build an unconquerable quarter-mile Poncho.
A RacePack UDX dash and AMS 1000 boost controller help Mike monitor and control this insan
As you can imagine, like other successful racing teams, Mike won't give too much information about his engine and other components that keep him at the top of the game.
Despite his T/A's top secrets, here's what we know about the combo: It starts with an ERL Performance Superdeck I, measuring in the 400ci range. (For those unfamiliar with the SuperDeck I, it starts as a factory LS production block, which is then strengthened with new sleeves and additional trusses.) A Callies billet- aluminum crank, custom Callies billet-aluminum rods, and custom-spec Wiseco pistons comprise the rotating assembly.
A set of All Pro 12-2 heads tops this T/A's potent powerplant. They're equipped with 2.20-inch intake and 1.60-inch exhaust valves and use a confidential-spec camshaft. Mike says, "Bob from All Pro provides such a great product and his support is excellent."
A steady diet of VP Racing C16 pumped from an Aeromotive belt-drive fuel pump and sprayed via a set of 235-lb/hr Moran fuel injectors feed the Trans Am's insatiable appetite. A BigStuff 3 engine management system controls the instructions, and Mike does a majority of the tuning himself between passes.
Mike built an entire new hot-side setup for the twin-turbo configuration. Shown here are t
But that's just the start. To help fire the Firebird at the quarter-mile target in 6.99-seconds, the Ohio Boys designed and installed a custom twin-turbo system, built with 88mm Garrett turbos and waste gates, and Tial blow off valves.
How much boost does this combo have the ability to take? "All of it!" Mike says.
An Ultrabell bell housing, large-stall custom Pro Torque converter, race- prepared RPM Transmissions Turbo 400 (with a 1.86 First gear), custom chrome moly driveshaft, and Midwest Chassis Fab9 9-inch rearend stuffed with 3.50 gears and Strange 40-spline axles deliver the earth-shaking power from front to rear.
All the power in the world is no good unless it gets to the ground. To peg that prime directive, Mike trimmed out his T/A with Midwest Chassis' chrome-moly tubular k-member, front upper and lower control arms, and rear lower control arms; and Afco coilover and double-adjustable shocks, front and rear respectively. Mickey Thompson 15 inch Pro-5 ET Drag Wheels (the lightest S.F.I.-certified drag wheels in the world) wrapped in 26/4.5-15s and 315/60/15 rubber complete the rolling stock.
The 315mm-wide Mickey Thompson Drag Radials provide the confident grip needed to put over
Over the years, Mike's Trans Am has brought home some serious hardware. He won the LSX Shootout multiple times at the NMCA World Finals and the Milan Dragway points crown. His most recent accolade is the 2013 LSX Drag Radial Series Championship, where he won the Chevy High Performance Nationals, the Holly LS Fest, and the LSX Shootout. He also made it to the semi-finals at the highly competitive Ultimate Outlaws Shootout, where he fought the good fight but lost to eventual event winner Scotty Guadagno.
Many racers might have gone a different route when crafting their racecars, but being a diehard Pontiac fan, Mike stayed true to his roots with the build. Carrying the Pontiac flag through the years has brought him an amazing amount of trophies and records. He has proven he is the true dominator of the LSX racing scene, with a Trans Am that would make any Pontiac owner proud.
Many racers might have gone a different route when crafting their racecars, but being a diehard Pontiac fan, Mike stayed true to his roots with the build
Owned by Mike Brown, this ’98 Trans Am is the 2013 LSX Challenge Series Drag Radial winner
For the 2013 season, Mike switched from a single Garrett turbo to a set of twin 88mm units
Following the function-over-form mantra, the intake gets its charge of cold air via the ai