The resurrected Lamborghini Huracan with a LS V8: Rocking boats at SEMA 2019

Updated Apr 01, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Someone swapped a small-block LS V8 into a Lamborghini Huracan and then bought it to the 2019 SEMA Show.

If there’s something that the SEMA show will never fall short of, its interesting projects and really amazing car builds. This year, an automotive YouTuber by the name of Chris Steinbacher (also known as B for Build), presented a rather unique build that we reckon has left a lot of people curious, amazed, and in some cases, unsettled.

LS-swapped Lamborghini at SEMA 2019!

Why? For some Lamborghini fans, this is nothing short of sacrilege. But to a good many other car guys (those into weird engine swaps), this represents the crown jewel of creativity and mad-cap genius. And admit it, it's just outright funny for some to see purists squirm.

So why in the hell is this a big deal? Well, Mr. Steinbacher restored a fire-damaged 2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 and managed to fit in an LS V8. Let's check it out with

1. The Huracan with an LS: The details

On Steinbacher's B is for Build channel, he has a good number of videos documenting the Lamborghini Huracan’s journey from a half-burned junker to a 1,500-horsepower monster.

First, the man got to work first on the body. Chopping off the unfixable, damaged parts like the front and rear ends, he fixed these up with new body panels. As the fire started in the Huracan's engine bay, the V10 was melted beyond repair. Yikes.

Huracan before being restored

This is what the car looked like when Steinbacher bought it

The end result is a Lamborghini Huracan with a V8 LS Engine, sporting two Garret GTX3582R Gen II turbochargers. Also, they re-bored the LS engine to a whopping 7 liters of displacement. 

V8 Huracan in the midst of being restored

They got rid of the front and rear end, rebuilt part of the chassis, and installed new panels

Currently, the car only weighs only 2,700 pounds. For something that packs 1,500 horsepower, this gives an incredible power-to-weight ratio of two pounds per horsepower. More. Power. Baby.

LS V8 from Texas Speed

The small block LS V8 From Texas Speed before being trasnplanted onto the Huracan

2. The Huracan with an LS: Why is it a big deal?

Instead of using another Lamborghini V10, Steinbacher opted for a modified small-block from Texas Speed. Before you protest this decision, the LS small block is quite common on a number of high-performance builds in the U.S.

V8 Huracan at the 2019 SEMA Show

The end result is a slick-looking car well suited for drag-racing

Other car channels on YouTube show the LS series of engines being swapped into cars like the Mazda Miata NA and Japanese mini pick-up trucks, this is the very first time someone managed to jam one inside a Huracan.

And knowing supercar purists, they’re a very particular lot, who will likely object to what Steinbacher did to this Huracan. LS V8 fans on the other hand don't mind as much, so we'll wager that they’ll appreciate the American muscle inside this Italian stallion.

V8 Huracan's rear end

The rear end displays the two Garret turbochargers in all their glory. Delicious

If you're thinking about doing your own take on the FrankenLambo, we actually have a list of used Lamborghini models listed for sale.

Know more about Lamborghini Huracan 2021

Lamborghini Huracan
The Lamborghini Huracan is an ultra-luxury sports car available as a two-door coupe and a two-door convertible. It features a refined, finely-sculpted, and futuristic body with sleek lines designed to assist its supreme aerodynamic capability. Inside, it is furnished with contemporary driving and passenger amenities to provide the ultimate riding experience. In the Philippines, the Lamborghini Huracan is available in the following variants: Lamborghini Huracan Evo, the Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder, the Lamborghini Huracan RWD, and the Lamborghini Huracan RWD Spyder. To match incomparable road presence, it is offered in more than 20 colors.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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