Justin “Big Chief” Shearer unwrapped his new Pontiac Firebird street car in the Weld booth at the PRI Show in Indianapolis. It turns out that the rumors were true; the new car, proudly wearing “Crowmod” emblems on its vinyl wrap, is a full tube chassis with a carbon fiber body. Big Chief told the assembled crowd that the new car is 1,000-pounds lighter than his LeMans that was destroyed in a crash on November 15th, 2015.
The engine isn’t finished just yet, but we’re told that the Pontiac engine from the LeMans seems to be alright after the crash and it will power the new, lighter car. Jeff Lutz will lend a hand with the plumbing for twin Precision turbos and Big Chief was quick to point out the nitrous bottle brackets inside the car, so expect big things from the Butler-built Pontiac. He told the crowd at PRI, “This will be the biggest, baddest, purpose-built street race weapon ever done.” Like the LeMans, the Crowmod will use a Rossler three-speed automatic, although the new car’s lighter weight will mean a different set of ratios.