Many of the advancements made through racing and hot rodding have been passed down to the passenger car segment. Nothing quite stimulates innovation like pushing a vehicle to its limits. AFVTech, an alternative-fuels conversion company, is building a compressed natural gas (CNG) hot rod based on the classic ’33 Ford coupe.
Equipped with a hand built LS7 engine (the same motor found in the Z06 but massaged to run on higher-octane CNG), AFVTech expects their Green Rod to make 600 horsepower.
Aside from the alternative-fuel source and Corvette engine, this ’33 coupe replica will be getting many of the modern amenities we’ve come to expect in our cars including four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and traction control for when the ride gets squirrely, as well as drive-by-wire engine management. I would expect plenty of other features like power windows, air conditioning, etc. to be offered as well. The car is set to debut at the AFVI show in Las Vegas in May of 2010.
AFVTech has been in the alt-fuel game for some time now. Their previous work includes hydrogen and natural gas injection systems with Ford, and a wind-to-hydrogen project that uses wind turbines to provide hydrogen gas.