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The Holley Sky-Ram intake manifold and the NOS "Moonshot" nitrous plate system are two of the best April Fools' Day jokes that Holley...or for that matter, just about any aftermarket manufacturer...has pulled. We had great laugh as everyone in the comments sections took one look at the fastest way to bolt 3,500 horsepower to your engine and argued why they should be the first to send their carburetor into low-Earth orbit with the Moonshot. We had tears of laughter flowing when we bolted the Moonshot onto the Sky-Ram, a 3D-printed intake manifold based on Holley's proven LS Hi-Ram cast intake manifold and everybody went absolutely bonkers, linking their favorite builder in the comments section, begging them (and us) to put it on an engine. Jaws hit the floor when we actually did put it on an engine at Westech and did a dyno pull against the Hi-Ram intake manifold, just to prove that we weren't messing around when it comes to our sense of humor. Fans have had the opportunity to see both of these parts at Holley shows, and we've had our fun. But in the end, we wanted to give fans the opportunity to win the Sky-Ram and Moonshot so that they would have the ultimate in over-the-top gearhead humor to keep.
Marley Hay just thought it would be cool to have a piece of one-off Holley memorabilia when he entered the Sky-Ram Sweepstakes...and then, he forgot that he entered! "Honestly, I thought it was a scam," he said. "I didn't remember even registering!" The surprise immediately turned to graciousness, as the Sky-Ram and Moonshot are now on display at Anderson Performance East, where they've decided that more must be more. Why else would the Sky-Ram and Moonshot be on an LS engine with twin turbochargers bolted on? Owner Billy Anderson has tuned May's Buick Grand Nationals and GMC Sierra Denali for years, so it only made sense to repay the excellent service.
Naturally, we had to ask about his ride. Marley's 2011 GMC Sierra Denali has been creeping up in power, initially starting as an LSA blower on a stock 6.2L V8. When some ring lands packed up after the boost was increased, the slippery slope was reached. The next step was a built and cammed bottom end by Anderson Performance East and a Jokerz-ported LSA blower, along with a built 6L80E transmission. With help from Billy Anderson, Travis Scott, Lance Draeger and with Justin White tuning the truck, the Denali has seen a current best of 11.21@126 MPH in the quarter mile, which works out to something like 900 horsepower when it's moving just under 6,000 pounds of truck. Currently, a forged 416ci build is in the cards, along with twin bed-mounted 64mm turbochargers with the exaust routed through the tailgate, coilovers on the front end, and upgrades for the brakes and fuel system to handle the newfound power. The goal for the truck is a nine-second quarter-mile at well over 140 miles per hour.
Congratulations on winning the Sky-Ram and Moonshot, Marley! We hope they bring you as much entertainment as they brought us!