An Oldsmobile G-body built for time attack | Your Cars

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Aug 11, 2021 | Oldsmobile, cutlass, time attack, G-body | Posted in Columns , Features | From the Oct. 2020 issue | Never miss an article

Photography Credit: Alayne Vetter

It’s an Oldsmobile G-body that’s powered by, yes, an Oldsmobile: a built 350-cubic-inch V8 punched out to 362 cubic inches. The transmission, though, is a five-speed Tremec TR-3650 from a 2001 Mustang. “I built my own adapter plate and spacers,” Cody Smith posted on the GRM forum. “Modified Ford Ranger pedals and Mustang cable.” 

Cody’s build thread on the 1985 Cutlass, along with his Instagram account, chronicles the deep dive. It’s Cody’s fourth such Cutlass, including one that was powered by Toyota’s 2JZ-GTE, the turbo inline-six often associated with the Supra. 

This Cutlass started to come together during the winter of 2018. “My first event with the Cutlass, the suspension was completely stock other than some tubular upper control arms and tall ball joints,” he explains. “By mid-September, I had upgraded nearly all the suspension over what I had, ran 10 events, and never had the same chassis setup at two of them.”

Then, this past winter, he “doubled down on making an effort to massively upgrade the car for another year of becoming a better driver with the goal of taking this car into #Gridlife Time Attack.” That complete redo included pulling the body from the frame, allowing the chassis to be reinforced and tweaked to clear 275mm-wide BFGoodrich tires wrapped around 18x10-inch Forgeline GA3 wheels at all four corners.

[#GRIDLIFE: Founding a series]

“I was honestly nervous taking it to the first few track days,” Cory reports, “worried I wouldn’t be welcomed for being way outside the box of the normal imports and newer domestics. It was unwarranted. #Gridlife has been, hands down, the most welcoming. It’s getting to the point where people are getting excited to see what I’ve changed and how the car does when they find out I’m going to an event.”

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asphalt_gundam
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8/11/21 1:00 p.m.

Haven't slowed down on the development in the last year one bit.

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