Ken Block's mechanic drives a Z06-rivaling '79 Firebird Trans Am

If you're the man behind Ken Block's outrageous rally cars, it's safe to say you probably aren't going to have something dull in your own garage.

That's just the case with Gregg Hamilton, as Petrolicious recently found out. 

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A New Zealander by birth, Hamilton now lives in the United States and says that he was done modifying rally-type cars like Subarus for his own use. Instead, he snagged a vintage, Smokey and the Bandit-style 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am for himself.

Yet this Trans Am, replete with what almost seems like standard-issue black paint with a gold "screaming chicken" on its hood, isn't anything like what the factory intended. Instead, it may be the baddest Trans Am ever built.

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A twin-turbo 5.3-liter V-8 engine provides massive thrust. Hamilton said he hasn't actually tested it to find out how much power the car is producing, but he thinks it is as fast as a new Chevrolet Corvette Z06. He bought the car on eBay in Alabama and began modifying it without a real plan in place. A Megasquirt ECU hops up the LS1 motor and gives it reliable power.

But the Trans Am isn't just about going fast, it is about looking and sounding right, just as it was for Burt Reynolds. 

Hamilton also explains in the video just how he made his way through the performance and rally world, beginning small and working his way through ProDrive and eventually to Subaru's American rally team and, today, Ken Block's team.

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