Duramax Diesel-Powered Chevy Camaro Is A Burnout Machine

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This is a mental engine swap.

Chevrolet seems to be mulling over the idea of creating an electric version of the Camaro, and if it happens, you can bet that it will have ridiculous power and torque figures. But as the saying goes, there are many ways to skin a cat, and Hoonigan's method of extracting unreal torque from a Camaro is to fit a Duramax diesel engine, bolt-on a compound turbo setup, and just send it. The results of the unexpected project are revealed in the below video, where the diesel Camaro proves that oil-burners are the best burnout machines on the planet, even if they're nearly impossible to drive.

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Hoonigan/YouTube

As the video explains, the project came about as a bit of a happy accident, as other applications for the engine were considered but none of them had enough space to fit it. Even with the Camaro's spacious engine bay, the Duramax power plant is a snug fit. It seems to have been worth the effort though, as a couple of Precision turbos form a compound setup that produces in excess of 985 horsepower and 1,500 lb-ft of torque. Apparently, those figures were achieved with a boost leak that has since been resolved, meaning that on the estimated 80 pounds of boost the Camaro is now running, it almost certainly makes well over 1,000 hp and possibly as much as 2,000 lb-ft of torque. However, the team is trying to avoid this as the components just can't take it.

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Driving this thing seems like a real handful, even with sticky slick tires, KW coilovers, and StopTech brakes on hand to help control it. Even at 60 mph, the diesel Camaro is said to light up its tires in any gear, which is why a beefy roll cage has been fitted too. Other enhancements include Rotiform TMB wheels and carbon fiber pieces from Anderson Composites for the doors, fenders, and hood, but work is far from complete. The Hoonigan team aims to work with aero industry experts to take its creation down the strip. If it can put down that crazy power, it should be an epic thing to watch.

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