Beech Bend Raceway Park in Kentucky plays host to many a drag race, but probably not many of them look like this one.
This is a race between two distinct vehicles running two distinct fuels – gasoline vs diesel and family car vs truck.
There is no telling who will win, but the Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV with many modifications and a parachute up back give us a feeling that it will be fast.
Diesel trucks like this Dodge Ram can be quick, but it looks like the bigger and heavier pickup might be out of its league, although it does look cool blacked-out with the gold WrenchWorkz logo on the side.
The Chevrolet Trailblazer Is A True Trailblazer On The Drag Strip
At the tire-warm-up time, there is a supercharger whine and smoking tires as the Chevrolet comes into view, in dark gray and silver looking rough and ready.
It has the drag wheels and tires, the parachute, blacked-out windows, and a missing hood – you can peer inside and see the custom motor which is too big for its family car engine bay.
In this very short-but-sweet video, the sounds of the big diesel and revving are impressive, just like the quantity of black smoke it emits as the green light comes on.
If you are in any doubt about the pollutive nature of diesel, you can see the proof coming from the vertical exhaust pipe of the pickup; however, both cars make a very quick and clean getaway and seem neck-and-neck for the first part.
Chevrolet’s Trailblazer Is Faster Than A Diesel And Faster Than Most Things Period
Surprisingly, it does seem that the cars are equally matched for an 1/8th mile or so, the smoking truck blessed with great acceleration and top-end speed.
Unfortunately for him or her, though, the Chevrolet is extremely quick – probably the quickest Trailblazer anyone has seen period.
Trailblazers could come with a 4.2-liter straight-six or 5.3-liter or 6-liter V8s, with power ranging from 270 hp to 400 hp – but the diesel Dodge Ram trucks could come with the mighty 6.7-liter Cummins diesel providing a wall of torque.
Modern versions of the Cummins can offer up to 1000 lb-ft of torque, but there’s no telling what kind of engine is running in the open bay of the Chevrolet.
At the trap, the times are 8:32 at 168 mph for the Chevy as it deploys its parachute and 9:23 at 147 mph for the black truck. Mighty impressive times, but the Trailblazer proves to be everything it looks to be – the fastest way to collect the kids from soccer, period.