With the almost insane popularity of GM's LS-based engines, many companies have stepped forward to offer front drive systems. While they perform roughly the same task of transferring rotational energy to the various pumps and accessories, they vary greatly in terms of both looks and packaging. This really helps the builder get a system that won't interfere with other aspects of the car.
This time we decided to try out Concept One's Victory Series drive system on the 5.3L LS engine we built for project Track Rat. We needed something fairly compact and, since we were going to run A/C, we needed the compressor to be in an out-of-the-way spot. In terms of looks, we wanted a system that was clean and understated. On paper the Concept One serpentine system looked perfect. It came with everything from the damper to a very trick power steering pump with an integrated aluminum mini reservoir. The big question was: "Would it all fit as advertised?" To find out we packed up our tools and headed over to Best Of Show Coach Works to do an installation dry run.