Project Novakane
Unlike other truck magazines that talk the talk and never drive their trucks hard, Project Novakane is proof that we walk the walk. Built with a single purpose in mind-domination, Novakane takes truck performance to a grass-roots level that every truck owner can relate to. Whether going fast, taking a corner at a high speed, braking on a dime, or showing a muscle car what a truck can do, the first phase of Novakane uses easy-to-install, bolt-on parts that literally transformed the GMC. With its worn-out factory five-speed transmission slipping in second and third gear, the straight-line times suffered, but the truck managed a first-place finish in the slalom, which is a true testament to the Hotchkis and McGaughy's suspension components. Another area where the Sierra handled business was the braking test, where it took home top honors thanks to the AP Racing rotors and calipers, along with the sticky Nitto tires. Right after this test, we added a COMP cam, FAST intake, and ASP Racing underdrive pulleys that would have dropped the times even more, but we didn't want to miss an opportunity to hammer on a truck we knew could take a beating. Be sure to stay tuned, as phase two of the Sierra build will have this truck dominating next year's competition in each category.

At A Glance
2004 GMC Sierra

Engine 4.8L with a 75 shot of NOS nitrous, Banks intake, Banks headers, Banks exhaust, Banks programmer, and Flex-a-Lite e-fans
RWHP 257 n/a and 308 with nitrous
Suspension McGaughy's 2-inch drop spindles, Hotchkis 2-inch coil spring, McGaughy's 2-inch shackle, Hotchkis front and rear sway bars
Brakes AP Racing 14.25-inch rotors with six-piston calipers and AP Racing14-inch rotors with four-piston calipers
Wheels/Tires 20x9-inch BMF Novakane wheels and Nitto NT05 275/40R20 tires
Weight 4,211 pounds
Pros We bolted everything on ourselves and you could too; low investment, five-speed trans = smiles per gallon
Cons Needs more power (we added more later), worn-out manual trans, needs better shocks

0-60 MPH (Worth 5 Points) - 7.7
1/4-Mile (Worth 5 Points) - 15.60
Speed Through 100-ft Slalom (Worth 5 Points) - 63.83
60-0 MPH Braking (Worth 5 Points) - 78 Feet
Autocross Time (Worth 5 Points) - 37.31
Styling (Subjective Score Worth 5 Points) - 0

Total Points Earned (Out Of 30) - 14