I've seen many modded ls1's run 14's or slower, while my fwd chick car went upper 11's with less than $2k stuck into it.The 3800'ers conveniently skip past the fact that most of them ran 13's with mods and that a LS1 auto 4th gen with headers, converter and a tire would go low 12s.
I ran 13.1 @ 108mph on a 2.1 60ft bone stock at a Cordova MFBA rental, wish I knew how to drive because I just needed a good 60ft to hit those walk on water numbers. Those were good times!!Before the LS1 came along, the scene was very mixed, you had some folks running 5.0-powerd Mustangs, some 4th gen LT1 people, and old school cars. Sure the GN was a cool car too but they were rarely seen out and about.
But when the LS1 debuted, it was game over. We had local guys running 13.0 bone stock which was unheard of back in the fall of '98. By May of 1999 we had run my buddy Hacker Joe's '98 Camaro down to 10.8@127 with nitrous, headers, tires, and a 9", Chicago had the first LS1 in the 10's (outside of the cars that W2W built for GM).