We've seen a lot of modified Trans Am muscle cars over the years, but nothing comes close to this.
There's no need to introduce the Trans Am; this legendary muscle car, which most will recognize thanks to its leading role in the cult classic movie Smokey and the Bandit, has captured America's imagination with its bold styling and classic muscle since the 1960s and remains a popular platform for everything from dedicated drag cars to track day racers and flawless show cars. CarBuzz reported back in 2018 that Burt Reynold's personal Trans Am was up for sale and was the actual car used in the Smokey and the Bandit movie. That's cool and all, but Riley Stair, a fabricator and massive gearhead from Folsom, California has built what must be the coolest Trans Am to ever roam the streets.
What started out as a backyard project at his parents' house soon escalated into something which screams America louder than Stone Cold Steve Austin chugging down a cold one, and the finished product is a wide-body, fire-breathing monster that will make kids cry from five blocks away. Stair was looking to build a fun road-race machine, and despite not having any formal fabrication qualifications or a workshop for that matter, set off on building his dream car.
His 1970 Trans Am has been completely disassembled and put back together with a massive wide-body kit that measures 2.1 meters wide and is held together by a full tube frame. The wheel arches are filled with full slick tires and for good reason: under the hood (which this Trans Am refuses to wear) of this radical machine lies a 6.55-liter V8 that has been shifted so far back into the cabin that it can be used as a hand warmer on winter mornings. The thing is, this V8 isn't your run of the mill engine: thanks to a compression ratio of 16.25:1 the engine punches out 700 horsepower, that's a hair less than a Dodge Challenger Hellcat (Stair plans to bump that up to 1000 hp) and revs to a Honda crushing 10,000 rpm. A set of Ohlins dampers and a relatively low curb weight means that this Trans Am will destroy your track day MX-5 in the corners as well as the straights.
Don't believe us? Well watch the Hoonigan video below and see for yourself.