1,000 horses in an '80s body - what could go wrong?
The team at Hoonigan received a nearly impossible task disguised as a gift from Chevrolet recently. Actually, it was two gifts. The first is a prototype of Chevrolet's all-new V8 crate motor producing 1,004 horsepower and 876 lb-ft of torque.
The second part of the gift is a third-generation Z28 Camaro. Put the two together, and you have a piece of '80s design powered by 1,000 hp. Sounds like a good time to us.
The catch? The Hoonigan team has to make these two very different pieces of engineering work together before the SEMA Show starts in Las Vegas in three weeks.
In short, they're dropping a 1,000 hp V8 into an old Camaro. This is not the craziest car Hoonigan has ever made, however. We think that accolade belongs to the 1,400-hp Hoonicorn. The Ford F-150 2JZ Paul Walker tribute car also deserves a special mention.
Why not just use a new Chevrolet Camaro? Well, this particular Camaro isn't just any Camaro. It belonged to Chevrolet's engineering department, and it was used as a development car for decades. Much like Porsche keeps a room full of GT3s to remind its engineers what a GT3 should feel like, we suppose.
If we had to guess, it's the engineers at Chevy giving an old friend a proper sendoff.
The first film in what we assume will be a series sees the car arrive at the garage. It's then sent to the paint booth, after which most of the exterior is removed, and the innards are cleaned. The old engine is out by the end of the first episode, and the 1,000-hp V8 is in.
As you'll see by the end, the car still needs a lot of work. It has a new steering system and added reinforcements. We also assume Hoonigan will want to add all the braking power possible, not to mention an updated suspension system that can put (most of) the power down.
We have no doubt the team will finish in time, given the sheer amount of progress it has already made in a relatively short period. We can't wait to see the results of this effort because it's bound to be epic.