SoBe Lizard King E-85 Powered Hot Rod
Boyd Coddington® teamed up with the SoBe® Drink Company to design and build the first ever E-85 powered hot rod. The project started out as a rather clean, stock 1960 Mercury Woody wagon, now known as the “Lizard King”. It was revealed on March 31st as part of the ESA, East Coast Scholastic Surfing Championships presented by FEW-New Zealand, at Bethune Park in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. This Wagon is truly a Green Machine
The project aired on later episodes of AMERICAN HOT ROD on TLC. We had automotive and Hot Rod designer Eric Brockmeyer put pen to paper to incorporate a surf inspired concept with the Boyd Look™ to give it a hot rod touch. Initially concepts of a custom panel truck, but the woody would be a new marketing tool and a new addition to the SoBe® garage. Because this hot rod is all surf motivated, it only made sense to team up with shaping legend and Channel Island Surfboards founder Al Merrick.
The AMERICAN HOT ROD staff met up with Al at his Santa Barbara, California shop and shaped a custom surfboard, which was part of the SoBe® creation. For those not familiar with SoBe®creations, they already have a literal arsenal of cool transports that include: a ’49 Divco milk truck, a short hot-rodded bus called “the Stump”, a bread truck, an armored car, a 4×4 van called the “Lizinator”, and six vintage school buses. These vehicles can be spotted at concerts and other events featuring their signature black or dark-green paint schemes with radical light-green flames. Boyd™ contribution to the stable is also now part of SoBe® arsenal.
At the soul of this hot rod is a Ford 460 V8, bored and stroked to a massive 533 cubic inches. Engine management comes courtesy of a F.A.S.T. engineered ECU unit, throttle body and fuel injectors. Other additions to the Ethanol hot rod motor are an MSD ignition system and Edelbrock intake. The dyno numbers this eco-sensitive motor puts down are extraordinary: 677hp and 651 lb./torque.
Transferring the power is a C6 three-speed auto transmission. Holding it all together is a Currie Enterprise Ford 9 inch rear, held in place by the brand new 4-link control arm suspension system by Air Ride Technologies, which replaces the traditional leaf spring set-up.
E85 is an alternative fuel as defined by the U.S. Department of Energy and is intended for use in flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs). Besides its superior performance characteristics, ethanol burns cleaner than gasoline; it is a completely renewable, domestic, environmentally friendly fuel.
The Lizard King was fitted with Goodyear tires wrapped around a set of Boyds Wheels. This wheel design is currently available in two-piece forged construction, or better known as the as “the Duel” wheel to provide an updated twist to the traditional hot rod look.
SoBe® was looking for a new marketing tool that would attract a lot of attention to their product. The Lizard King drew flocks of people that gathered around this amazing vehicle and it was an absolute success for Sobe® and Boyd Coddington®