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Cobb Tuning First Thursday: unusual cars rule the night in Austin TX [gallery]

2014-05-01

Cobb Tuning hosts a car show on the first Thursday of every month at each of their 4 sites across the United States. The Cobb Tuning First Thursday event is open to everyone – and some of the most unusual cars you’ll see show up. It’s casual, cars come and go, hot dogs and soda are free, and it’s a great time. We’ve been going to these since they started a few years ago.

And while we all know that Cobb Tuning is famous for the cars they tune – Evo, STi, ST, GT-R, 335i – the show brings many more cars out to play in addition to these. We’ve got pictures of a few of the best – and most unusual – from this show in May 2014. Selected images here, full gallery of 50 images at the bottom.

First, this clean MKIV Supra – note the very large turbo and intake manifold. This raises the question: how much turbo is too much turbo? The answer is probably that it has to fit somewhere in or above the engine compartment… and that you then have to max it out in boost. This car is the poster child for that approach to tuning.

MKIV Supra turbo

Next we go back to the roots of all sportscars: the classic British sportscar of the 50s and 60s. None of which had enough horsepower, with engines that often trace their roots back to farm tractors. So here’s the solution to that problem:

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Cobb Tuning is well known for their tuning work with the Ford Fiesta ST and Focus ST. Here’s a recent creation: a Fiesta ST for the Pat Tillman Foundation. This was first shown at SEMA in 2013.

Ford Fiesta ST- Pat Tillman Foundation
Ford Fiesta ST- Pat Tillman Foundation
Ford Fiesta ST- Pat Tillman Foundation

This Silvia has a Chevy small block engine swap:
Nissan Silvia with Chevy SB swap

And how about a twin-turbo’d Ferrari F360?
twin-turbo'd Ferrari F360

And last, our favorite AWD turbo Celica, which we’ve enjoyed seeing in several shows in the Austin area. When you see this car, you see what Toyota was once capable of, and you wonder why they didn’t continue.
AWD turbo Celica

Full Gallery follows:

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