We got a alarm awhile aback from Anthony Stephenson, one of the arch honchos at Big 3 Achievement in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He told us the boutique had aloof accomplished its adaptation of an Escalade V that clicks off low 13-second quarter-mile times. He offered us the keys if we came down, so we beatific Ben Wolkomir out there to beat the abounding SUV. What follows is his consequence of the pumped-up Caddy.
Jason Fowler, on the added hand, has a somewhat sunnier actualization of Cadillac’s affluence SUV. Admitting actuality somewhat aghast in the achievement of his aftermost truck, an ’03 Escalade with a dealer-installed centrifugal supercharger and exhaust, he was optimistic about Big 3 Achievement and its plan to body his ’05 Rip Tide Blue Escalade into the aboriginal Cadillac Escalade V.
Making an Escalade into a V-series Cadillac is no baby task. Accumulate in apperception that not alike Cadillac has taken on such a awe-inspiring build. Cadillac has, however, laid out the belief on which the Escalade’s V-ness can be judged. Aboriginal of all, V-series Cadillac cartage charge be able of accelerating from 0-60 mph in beneath than 5 seconds. All three Cadillac Vs accept in balance of 400 hp. The Escalade comes able with a bare 345 hp and a 0-60 best of 8.4 seconds, a far cry from the 5.0 appropriate to acquire the coveted badge. Second, it charge accept a racetrack-tuned suspension. Anyone who has had any bench time in an Escalade knows it would be a amplitude to alarm the administration of these acreage yachts racy. Third, they charge additionally accept antagonism brakes. While the Escalade stops able-bodied for a agent that is alert as abundant as a Corvette, I would still anticipate alert afore demography one out on a track. Aftermost but absolutely not least, it charge accept the signature V styling.
More Muscle The aboriginal hurdle for Big 3 Achievement to affected was authoritative an 18-1/2-foot-long, 6,000-pound blunder advance like a musclecar. The alone band-aid was to add 355 horses. This affectionate of application is accessible to get if the motor alone needs to aftermost a quarter-mile or so, but for this barter to alarm itself a V, it needs to be circadian disciplinarian reliable. Big 3 started by accretion the displacement of the agent from 6.0 liters to 6.6, application a custom stroker kit composed of 9.0:1 compression artificial pistons, H-Beam rods, a artificial crankshaft, a adapted windage tray, and a high-flow oil pump. Next, a new valvetrain was installed, accumulation an advancing Crane cam, accustomed pushrods, Crane gold-series roller rockers, Crane valvesprings and retainers, and a double-roller timing alternation set. Custom arch gaskets and accustomed arch bolts accumulate this juggernaut from aerial afar at the seams. MSD Ignition apparatus accommodate abundant atom to ablaze up the burghal of Chicago, while Dynatech headers and a bright MagnaFlow bankrupt advertise the V’s attendance to the world. By far, the better basic to this monster body is the Magna Charger Radix intercooled supercharger. The able supercharger replaces the banal assimilation assorted with an intercooled Roots-style supercharger and plenum. The Magna Charger uses an air-to-water intercooler, which sits beneath the blower, and places a calefaction exchanger anon abaft the advanced grille for best thermal efficacy. Beyond ammunition injectors and a abate caster cautiously aftermath 12 psi of boost. The supercharged 402 breathes through a Granatelli accumulation airflow sensor and a anatomic ram-air assimilation that receives an abounding accumulation of beginning air from two massive hoodscoops. A custom computer affairs keeps the aberrant motor active as calmly as stock.
Now, 700 application can be a lot of fun, if you aren’t a banal able GM all-wheel-drive transmission. In adjustment to get all that adeptness and torque to the wheels, cogent changes charge be made, alike to GM’s able-bodied HD trans. Extra bands and claws were added to accord the tranny abundant chaw to accumulate from slipping. A custom low-stall torque advocate was implemented to handle the 750 lb-ft of torque and to absorb the Escalade’s artery ability. Accustomed gearsets and shafts replaced the banal units, and the banal pan and pump were replaced with higher-volume pieces. A decidedly beyond auto acknowledgment keeps the manual aqueous from axis into magma beneath college burden of this ultra-high achievement trans. The aim of the body was to cautiously handle the power, while application the acclimatized feel of a Cadillac.
Stability And Ascendancy With the powerplant able-bodied in hand, Big 3 Achievement angry its absorption to accouterment the Escalade with a abeyance fit for a BMW. The aboriginal footfall was to install a Arena Force blurred kit. Arena Force was called because it gives the barter an advancing attitude by bringing the advanced bottomward 2 inches, and the aerial rear end a abounding 3 inches, leveling the barter out afterwards sacrificing the ride quality. To annul the Escalade’s accustomed addiction to cycle over at low speeds, Eibach amplitude confined were installed. The rear bar measures a stout 32 millimeters, while the advanced sports a massive 35mm solid bar. Both confined are anchored by polyurethane bushings and accustomed bolts. The end aftereffect is a agent the admeasurement of the Queen Mary, administration added like an off-shore antagonism boat.
Next on the account of all-important antagonism $.25 is a set of anchor that can ascendancy 6,000 pounds of dispatch SUV. The Baer EradiSpeed Big Anchor kit fit the bill perfectly. The massive rotors are 50 percent beyond than the OEM units but still absorb the banal calipers. An advancing bowl anchor pad and braided animate curve annular out the anchor upgrade. In adjustment to bright the beyond brakes, 20-inch chrome Vogue auto were installed. The Vogue auto accord the barter an advancing yet about banal appearance.
Custom Administration The final adjustment of business was to accord this Escalade a V-style makeover. A anatomic ram-air awning was fitted, and the awning and fenders were advised to a ambush apparition blaze paintjob. Next, the banal grille was ditched in favor of a stainless animate V-style grille, authoritative it fit appropriate in with the blow of the V family. Finally, V badges were added to the banal Escalade emblems and abstract on the attic mats.
Hitting The RoadAll of the pieces were now in place. All that was bare was a little vindication, a accurate bleak assessment of this shop-built original. So, Big 3 Performance’s sales manager, Anthony Stephenson, gave me the keys and we were off. The aboriginal stop, as you ability imagine, was the gas station. I was afraid at how abounding of the aftermarket genitalia went disregarded aback bodies looked at the barter for the aboriginal time. I was anon amidst by a army of automotive enthusiasts aback I pulled in. We were bombarded by questions about caster admeasurement and the cast of the exhaust. There was alike some abashing about the actuality of a branch Escalade V advantage package. I was, however, abashed to ascertain that in this army of 10 or so adequately abreast bodies that cipher noticed the advancing ram-air hood, behemothic Baer brakes, or alike the ablaze apparition bonfire corrective forth the ancillary of the advanced fenders and hood.
I was abashed by the crowd’s antecedent acknowledgment to the truck; I sensed that admitting the activity for the complete and attending of the barter that best bodies there absolved the modifications as abundantly cosmetic. One admirer went so far as to abuse me on the boorishness of putting a V cast on the ancillary of an Escalade, adage that it bare to be becoming and there was a acumen Cadillac chose not to accommodate the Escalade in the V lineup. One quick ache of the throttle, unleashing the bark of the 402ci motor, accompanying with the high-pitch beef of the Magna Charger put a quick end to the agitation over the account of the badging package.
After a quick 73 dollar fill-up of premium, we were off. The army was still watching as we approached the red light. The ablaze angry blooming and Anthony yelled, “Stab it,” so I did. The motor unleashed a growl, and the tires barked out a wisp of smoke. Accumulate in apperception that I was now abutting a 90-degree left-hand about-face at about 45 mph in a freakin’ Escalade. As I angry the truck, Anthony told me to “keep on her,” so I kept the pedal about three abode of the way to the metal and approved to chase an carefully bank band into the corner. To my surprise, the barter steered into the bend absolutely sharply. I had to accomplish a baby alteration to accumulate from active up assimilate the median. As the Escalade hit the acme of this amazing corner, the aback end of the barter swung out about 20 degrees or so, but I kept the burke buried and counter-steered. I was anticipating a awful flick to the left, so I anchored myself and able to counter-steer again. The truck, however, acclaim adapted and connected to billow forward.
After my abrupt afloat exhibition, I absitively to already afresh resume my agnostic abrogating ways. I knew the absolute alley to betrayal this truck’s Achilles heal. So, I guided the V assimilate my analysis track, a arced aflutter back-country alley that can accomplish alike the best hardcore road-racer flinch. I ample this barter would appearance its accurate colors here. As I approached the aboriginal ambit corner, I could see the putting blooming of the bounded borough golf advance aloof ahead. The golfers were staring at me, babble to apathetic bottomward as I barreled through the right-hander; one of the golfers absolutely addled me the bird! With the acme rapidly approaching, I pulsed the breach pedal and angry in. There was decidedly no drama. The barter cornered acutely and flat, the tires fabricated no noise, and the Escalade tracked beeline through and assimilate the straight-away. I looked over at Anthony, to see he was animated and laughing. He asked me, “What do you think?” I aloof absorbed the caster and buried the pedal. Bend afterwards corner, the barter exceeded my expectations, and the ride affection reminded me of a durably sprung sports sedan. However, it was still absolutely comfortable, abundantly due to the absolutely amazing Cadillac covering seats.
As we headed aback to the shop, I noticed a Dodge Daytona Ram badly aggravating to accumulate up with us. We came to a stoplight, and he was inching forward, attractive for a run. I formed bottomward my window and sarcastically asked him if that affair had a Hemi. He responded by allurement me if I would like to acquisition out. I nodded at him and gazed at the lights, cat-and-mouse for the green. Aback the ablaze changed, it was all Cadillac, baking all four tires off the line. We collection by like he was in Park. Afterwards hitting 60 or so afar per hour, I slowed so the Ram could bolt up. He couldn’t accept how fast the Caddy was and went on allurement about it until we angry off against the shop.
The Final WordWhen we got aback to the shop, Eddie, the buyer of Big 3 Performance, asked me what I thought. I had to face the facts: This barter has absolutely becoming the V badge. A few canicule later, Anthony e-mailed me to acquaint me that the barter ran 13.3 abnormal in the quarter-mile, which is about as fast as a CTS-V. I can alone achievement the GM admiral apprehend this commodity and booty note. It would be nice to see a few added Escalade Vs active around.
Owner/hometown:Jason Fowler / Neenah, Wisconsin
Year/make/model:’05 Cadillac Escalade V
Engine/drivetrain:Factory 6.0L punched out to a 402ci / Eagle artificial stroker crankshaft / Eagle H-Beam Rods / Stage 2 active (ported in-house) / abounding Crane valvetrain, including custom arena cam, gold-series roller rockers (1.8 ratio), bifold valvesprings with titanium retainers, five-angle valve job, and absolutely adjustable timing accessory / ATI gel-filled cool damper / Magna Charger Radix Intercooled Supercharger / 69-pound-per-hour injectors / inline ammunition pump / upgraded ammunition balustrade / furnace-brazed and able 2,200-stall advocate / accustomed ascribe and achievement shafts / carbon-fiber bands / Kevlar claws / cool servo with upgraded pump, pump spring, and accumulator bounce / accustomed all-embracing apparatus / deburred and cryo-treated auto case / stainless animate Dynatech long-tube headers and Y-pipe arrangement / stainless MagnaFlow bankrupt / Airaid cold-air assimilation systemBY: Big 3 Performance
Rims:Front & Rear: 20-inch Vogue V1s
Tires:Front & Rear: Vogue 285/50R20
Suspension:Ground Force 2/3 bead kit with poly bushings / Eibach amplitude confined / Baer EradiSpeed anchor upgradeBy: Big 3 Performance
Body Mods:Twin-scoop ram-air Keystone Good Awning / branch Cadillac V emblems / E&G Classics grilleBy: Big 3 Performance
Custom Paint:Rip Tide Blue Pearl / Ice Blue Pearl Apparition flamesBy: It’s a secret
Interior:StockBy: General Motors
Audio/Video:StockBy: General Motors
Special Thanks:Eagle / Crane Cams / Dynatech / Eddie Stephenson / Forest Elle / Anthony Stephenson
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