What is the Bad Car?

This 1988 Pontiac Fiero has undergone significant modifications, including a balanced and blueprinted 1993 Chevrolet 3.4 DOHC V6 engine, upgraded suspension with Bilstein dampers, improved braking system, aerodynamic enhancements, interior upgrades, and added safety features. These modifications have transformed the Fiero into a high-performance track car, recognized by automotive journalists such as The Smoking Tire, Bangshift, and Autoblog.

Powertrain and Suspension

The 1988 Pontiac Fiero has been fitted with a meticulously tuned 1993 Chevrolet 3.4 DOHC V6 engine. This balanced-and-blueprinted engine features a custom short-runner intake manifold and a 2.5" exhaust system, putting down 220 horsepower at the wheels, with a maximum RPM of 7150 RPM.

Massive 275/35/18 tires are fitted at the rear to put the power to the ground through the 5-speed manual transmission.

Suspension upgrades include custom-valved Bilstein dampers, fully-adjustable upper control arms, Koni adjustable rear struts, front and rear adjustable coilover springs, and low-compliance suspension bushings.

What has happened since the Drive TV episode?

After the Drive TV feature, the Bad Car Fast project enjoyed several years on the track with minor modifications until a clutch failure -- and life getting in the way -- slowed its progress. While the drivetrain was out, major upgrades were made to the cooling system for increased flow and self-bleeding capabilities. Additionally, an electrohydraulic power steering pump replaced the original engine-driven pump, and a new wire harness was built for the engine and rear chassis. These improvements have set the stage for an exciting new chapter in the Bad Car Fast journey..

What's happening now?

The Bad Car Fast project is currently in full swing, with exciting developments taking place. The car is being 3D-scanned, enabling precise design of new suspension components, interior, and a custom widebody. Bespoke CNC-machined billet aluminum suspension uprights are being designed and built, enhancing the car's handling and increasing the durability of the wheel bearings to support massive sticky tires and a big brake upgrade. New control arms are also in the works. A more track-oriented spring and damper system will further fine-tune the suspension setup. Inside the car, a 3D-printed interior is being developed, adding a cyberpunk-inspired touch. The pedalbox is being upgraded to provide finer control. Additionally, there are some secret additions in progress that will be revealed further down the road.

What's next?

Exciting upgrades await the Bad Car Fast project, including a widebody conversion, wide sticky tires, big brakes, bespoke steering knuckles, heavy duty wheel bearings, improved aerodynamics, a revamped interior, a new exterior wrap design, and a significant power boost. Stay tuned!