When it comes to outright automotive shenanigans, the folks over at Hoonigan are some of the best in the business. The team is known for their outlandish builds, and the tire-shredding mayhem that goes along with them. While the Hoonicorn is the undeniable king of drift-ready muscle cars, the team has stepped up once again to create something oriented towards straight up drag racing. This diesel-powered Chevrolet Camaro is an utter animal on the street or the strip, thanks in no small part to its near four-digit levels of horsepower. The really impressive figure is the torque however, which crests out at around 1,500 lb-ft. Here’s what you need to know about Hoonigan’s crazy Duramax diesel Camaro project.
Hoonigan’s Duramax Diesel Camaro
This incredibly mad muscle car started its life as a fifth-gen Chevrolet Camaro. The team had originally wanted to use a Nissan 350Z for a project like this, but the engine bay was just physically too small to handle the 6.6L LBZ Duramax engine. The team at Hoonigan made a whole video on the build process for the motor, which is worth a watch in itself. Some highlights include the fact that the motor is running a set of unique Edelbrock diesel heads, compounded twin Precision turbochargers, and its pushing 80 psi of boost. When the team initially tested the motor on the dyno, a boost leak meant only 60 psi was flowing. Regardless, it churned out 967 horsepower and 1,387 lb-ft of torque. With the added pressure, expect the Duramax diesel Camaro to crank even more power out.
Other build highlights include some Anderson Composite carbon body panels, a built gearbox from Monster, and a set of custom KW coilovers. The independent rear suspension has been ditched for a COPO-style Winters quick-change rear end as well, which is better for drag racing with this much power. While we don’t get to see any strip action happen in the clip, we do get to watch this thing utterly destroy a set of rear tires. If you thought a normal diesel was a bit of a smokey affair, this thing will change the very meaning of the word.
200 MPH Goals
We love projects like this here at MC&T. Sure a 900+ pound Duramax V8 isn’t the most logical choice for a performance machine, but you could certainly do a lot worse. Plus any project that gets a reaction out of Gale Banks is worth noting in our book. The Hoonigan Duramax diesel Camaro is aiming to break 200 mph, which is something we’d like to see happen in the future. Of course they’re gonna need to figure out how to put that power down first.