When it comes to muscle cars, swapping out the engine is a great way to get more power. But you won’t find a 350, 383, or even a 454 cubic inch engine under the hood of this 1970 Chevelle. That’s because it’s powered by a 6.6L (403 cid) Chevrolet Duramax engine. That’s right, a diesel-powered muscle car!
As if that weren’t wild enough, the car also sports a custom twin turbo setup with two Garrett T-38R turbos pushing 30lbs of boost into the motor. Altogether, this little Chevelle makes 950 HP and 1,800 lb-ft of torque!
The car was built for Mike Racke by Pacific Performance Engineering in Fullerton, CA. The estimated cost to build a car like this is $250,000 dollars. While the car is unlikely to win favor with traditional muscle car purists, I thought it would be a rather interesting way to cap off “engine swap week.” When I saw this baby at SEMA 2014, I knew I had to write about it.
Admittedly, diesel lacks the sexy sweetness of gasoline, but it can make big power when built right. The big question is: does that power translate into performance? According to the owner, it runs the quarter mile in 13.3 seconds @ 123mph. So yeah, it’s quick!