Thanks for @Mr.Computah for letting me review his modified Berlose and @DeusExMackia for providing the car.
My God what happened here - '96 Erin Berlose X-Drive “Astaroth”
Hello, it’s Matt Sierra again ! So here I am, in the US. I was going to spend my Easter break lazing around watching TV, but the office decided to drag me all the way here to San Fransisco to stare at a car in the desert. They said it was a custom made Erin Berlose, so of course, I jumped at the opportunity. That being said I didn’t expect this…
What did Nathan do to this poor car? Doesn’t he know these things are rare back across the pond. I can barely find one that’s in decent nick for less than 12 grand.
Well anyways, lets see what hes done.
CF bonnet with pipes poking out on top:
And inside, a 10L V10 taken straight from an ACA Chevalier:
Yeah sounds like Nathan. Looks like its been driven straight through Halfords smothered in superglue. At least the performance will should be good.
Under the bonnet (hood to you Americans) lies a turbocharged 10L V10 pulled straight from a 1996 ACA Chevalier pumping out around 1012hp. A high flow catalytic converter has been kept, although considering that the rest is just a straight pipe, Im not sure why he kept it on, probably some emissions regulations he has to do being in California and all.
Inside, everything but the bare minimum has been stripped and emptied out to reduce weight. The gearbox and transmission have been replaced by for a racing spec manual 6 speed gearbox to handle all that power. A custom made roll cage has also been fitted inside as well as a bucket racing seat. While the car is bare bones, it still retains the variable hydraulic power steering and ABS, probably so Nathan doesn’t plow the car into the nearest wall.
Naturally as this was intended to be a track monster, it would be fitting to send it flying round a circuit, and conveniently, the Laguna Seca was open just for Motornation.
When you consider that the car launches from 0-100 in 2.6s, you realise how much of a monster this car is. Topping out at 303km/h, its terrifying to even dare push the gas pedal down even half way. Even with the catalytic converter, the V10 is deafening. Roaring as you accelerate. And considering that its a pushrod V10, it revs to a decent 7000 RPM. Going round corners, the car is planted. With wider wheels and a modified AWD system, the car can speed through corners and can even tackle the infamous corkscrew.
Overall, the car managed a time of
Just as a comparison, a Nohda Cadenza GTX also from the 90s goes around the track at a not so blistering time of
Anyways, Matt Sierra signing out
*Flying lap times