1200bhp Chevy Chevelle SS
Mike Racke’s modified 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
Yanks love a tuned V8 almost as much as they love waffles. But you may be surprised to learn that many of them are diesels. Not any old diesels, mind. We’re talking epic power, monster torques, and the kind of performance that’ll leave a Veyron for dead.
Built in a backyard in California, this monstrous Chevy Chevelle was headed for the scrapper, until Mike Racke rescued it. “I wanted to build a car with twin turbos and crazy power, that was completely streetable,” he says.
After experiencing a tuned diesel lump in a friend’s Hummer, the Chevy’s petrol V8 was chucked in a skip and replaced with a V8 Duramax from a GMC pick-up.