These days, race cars are not necessarily the end-all, be-all when it comes to speed and functionality. Horsepower is so plentiful, also street cars and show vehicles can run at the front – assuming they have the right components, of course. Such is the situation with the following drag race video from Hoonigan, which usually pits a Chevy Camaro race car made for Trans Am competition towards a tuned RWD Nissan GT-R.
Let’s start with the particular fan favorite. Representing the particular domestic side of their competition is a full-blown Trans Am race car, specifically Michele Abbate’s Howe TA2 Chevy Camaro. Under the pores and skin is a 2013 Howe pipe chassis powered by a TA2-spec LS3 V8 engine through Katech. With 500 hp on tap, output will be routed rearwards by way of a Jerico four-speed transmission, feeding a set of racing slicks designed for street racing. At just 2, 830 pounds, this thing scoots, no doubt about it, plus it is got Abbate behind the wheel to help make the most of all that potential. Rolling it out is a fifth-generation Chevy Camaro body along with matching red, white, plus blue livery.
Impressive, however the challenger looks like it could perfectly match the Chevy Camaro racer blow for strike. In the other corner is really a 2012 Nissan GT-R R35 owned by pro BMX superstar Francisco Coco Zurita, who tuned the twin-turbo 3. 8L V6 to make a stout 700 horsepower. Oddly enough, the owner decided to convert their GT-R to RWD to be able to easier to drift, but it also helps you to even the fight against the Chevy Camaro, given the competition takes place on un-prepped (and cold) tarmac. Check the bicycle mounted in back for added styling points.
So , as the GT-R might have the power benefit, the Chevy Camaro has got the weight advantage. It’s the tuned show car facing a full-blown racer, as well as the results are closer than you may think.
— Jonathan Lopez
Jonathan is an auto journalist based out of The southern part of California. He loves everything on four wheels.