Investors are anticipating a pick-up in China's production and sales of electric vehicles (EVs), taking a cue from a series of new central government policies aimed at reducing carbon emissions and air pollution. Their hopes and expectations were given another boost this past Tuesday, July 13, when the Chinese government announced a "new energy" vehicle mandate requiring at least 30% of new vehicle purchases by local governments and public institutions from 2014-2016 be EVs or other new energy vehicles.
Aside from the Ford Lightnings, late-model GMs were out in force at this year's Throwdown, and Rick Lopez' 2008 GMC Sierra is a wolf in sheep's clothing with yet another regular-cab 6.0L swap. But this is no simple factory mill swap. The engine was built by All-Out Performance with ported LS6 heads and a Dougherty Racing cam. The 4L70 transmission is fortified with a 4,000-stall converter, with a 4.11 rear end and a TrueTrac Posi.
The truck got a 4-inch front and 6-inch rear drop but rolls undercover on stock 20-inch wheels shod in definitely non-stock 315-35/20 drag tires at all four corners. It may look like your typical dropped late-model Sierra, but be forewarned, this plain-looking pickup is packing serious heat.