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The 240SS Ignition Project Car Comes to Life in New Episode

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/9/2014 Erick Ayapana

MotorTend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTend Image After more than a year's worth of elbow grease and sweat, the Ignition project car the newly christened 240SS busts out of the garage and is ready to tear up the track.

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The project began when host Carlos Lago and Mark Lenardon made a big gamble on a rough 1993 Nissan 240SX they found on Craigslist. The mission? Make it fast, but keep it fun.

The Ignition team achieved the fast part by swapping in a 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 sourced from Chevrolet Performance, which makes 430 hp and 424 lb-ft of torque and had no issues fitting inside the 240SX's cavernous engine bay. When choosing a new engine, the team considered many choices, but ultimately went with the LS3 crate engine for its reliability, power, and, most importantly, the fact that it's emissions-legal.

Better yet, the LS3 and all the other performance bits like wheels and brakes only added around 100 pounds to the coupe's weight. Tipping the scales at 2808 pounds, the 240SS has an excellent power-to-weight ratio and maintains the Nissan 240SX's ideal balance.

While the 240SS is like a newborn child to Lago, the car gets no special treatment at the track. The 240SS is driven hard and puts down impressive numbers for its first time on the strip and the figure-eight. Finally, the episodes is capped off by a visit to Streets of Willow, where Randy Pobst gets behind the wheel and is able to put down an impressive lap time that's quicker than many staff favorites including our long-term WRX STI and the BMW M235i. Check out the full episode above. MotorTend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTend Image

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