Hearing a gas-powered engine clank and clatter like a diesel tank is never a good thing. Matt Ochoa can attest to that as his GMC Canyon dropped a piston last year during our performance truck shootout. Down but not out, Matt vowed to be back better than ever and he delivered on that promise. Arriving to this year's event, Matt's straight-five–powered Canyon was making a whopping 335 hp thanks to a forged bottom end and 12 pounds of boost from a remote-mounted STS turbo setup. With the shortest wheelbase and lightest truck of the shootout, Matt whipped his Canyon around to a Third Place finish in the 600-foot slalom and a Fourth Place finish in the quarter-mile. Pushing his truck hard throughout the day, Matt loved every minute of the shootout and you couldn't beat the smile off of his face. His enthusiasm and eagerness to help out other competitors helped him win the Best Spirit of the event award.

Year/Make/Model:
2005 GMC Canyon

Owner and City/State:
Matt Ochoa • Sacramento, California


Engine
Type: 3.5L I-5 with forged JE pistons, R&R forged connecting rods, polished crank
Heads: Aluminum with port and polish job
Induction: STS remote-mount turbo (12psi), custom intake with intercooler
Fuel System: 60 lb/hr Siemens injectors
Engine Management: Factory ECM tuned by Mark Romans and Motor Machine Super Shop
Output: 335 rwhp and 345 lb-ft
Built by: Motor Machine Super Shop


Drivetrain
Transmission: 4L60E with Corvette servos
Rearend: 10-bolt with factory locker


Chassis
Front suspension: McGaughy’s 2-inch drop springs, QA1 shocks
Rear suspension: McGaughy’s 3-inch lowering blocks, McGaughy’s shocks
Brakes: Prototype Wilwood big brake kit with 12.8-inch rotors and four-piston calipers


Wheels & Tires
Wheels: GFX-OR7 18x8.5
Tires: Nitto NT05 275/40R18


Road Course: 2:17.94 sec
Quarter-Mile: 13.80 @ 98.65 mph
Speed Stop: 19.79 sec
Slalom: 7.66 sec
Show & Shine: 4th Place


Special Thanks: Motor Machine Super Shop, Jay’s Hot Rods, H.E.A.T., Sinsity Kustomz, STS Turbo, Corey Dunlap, Corey Johnson, Mark Romans, Mom and Dad