In 1992, a company by the name of Street Legal Performance(SLP), modified a factory built Formula into what they called the “Firehawk”. When you were to purchase your car, you would specify that you wanted this limited option. Then the Formula you selected, was sent out to SLP to be modified. All cars built were special orders. SLP had anticipated to make 250 of these screaming machines through 1991 and 1992, but only 27 were ordered. Out of those only 25 were ever built. They were numbered 1-26 for hardtops (numbers 18 and 23 were never built), and the ONLY Firehawk Convertible was numbered 27. Of those 25 Firehawks 21 were “Madatory” Red, 1 Aqua, 1 White, 1 Blue, 1 Green, 3 came with Aluminum Engine Blocks, 1 had T-Tops and 1 was a Convertible.
Option code B4U is what you checked on your Formula’s order form at the Pontiac dealership. This instantly meant that you would be paying a minimum of $39,995 and that you would have one of the fastest muscle cars ever made. It also meant you could have any color as long as you wanted Red.
What did $39,995 purchase? A steel bodied corvette with 0 to 60mph in just 4.6 seconds, 1/4 mile in just 13.2 (1 magazine reported a 12.9) and a top speed of over 160 mph along with a skid pad of .94g’s. All this performance and you still could pull down 25mpg and be street legal in all 50 states.
The famous high flow down draft “T-RAM” intake manifold built and used by SLP on all of the 3rd Gen Firehawks. This intake guaranteed a minimum of 45 HP over the stock TPI plenum right out of the box and onto a stock L98. Firehawks used a 4 bolt main block, forged steel crankshafts, 1053 alloy forged steel “Pink” connecting rods, lightweight high silicon cast LT1 aluminum pistons, steel billet hydraulic roller camshaft, high output aluminum cylinder heads with SS valves, Tri-Y headers, and a dual catalytic converter exhaust system, just to name part of it. The last 3 Firehawks made all shared and all aluminum 366ci Rodeck block engine rated at 375HP. What even made these engine’s even more special is that all of them (except the last 3) were actually built by GM to SLP specs and they also came with a warranty from SLP. The engine you see here is from Firehawk 006. Firehawk 006 and 002 are the only ones known with the sheet metal intake, all others had the plastic production intake.