GM and the SoCal Speed Shop team up to create a 21st-century version of Alex Xydias’ famed Belly Tank.
The Ecotec Lakester is an exploration of what a modern belly-tank land speed record car would be. Designed by Frank Saucedo, director of GM’s California advanced design studio, and the SoCal Speed Shop, the car was engineered under the direction of GM’s performance division.
As its name suggests, the Ecotec Lakester is powered by a modified version of GM’s Ecotec four-cylinder engine. The supercharged engine displaces 2.0 liters and makes an estimated 200 horsepower. It is mounted transversely in the Lakester, and a standard four-speed automatic transaxle drives the rear wheels.
The Lakester’s composite body is stretched over a tubular steel chassis. The disc-shaped wheels are 26 inches up front and 30 inches at the rear.
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