There was a time when Mopars hit the drag strips with HEMI engines under the hood and Chevy Bel Airs did burnouts using stroked 4.6-liter V-8s. Back in the day, no one was crazy enough to swap a HEMI with a Chevy small block or do the other way around.
Well, not anymore. The good ol’ days of racing are long gone and it seems that running a Detroit muscle car fitted with an engine taken from a rival company is no longer a big no-no. And to prove it, we bring you a Pro Mod dragster based on a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air that has a blown HEMI mounted behind its front wheels.
Although it comes with a big hefty amount of weird attached to it, the dragster makes a case for its strange configuration once it charges toward the finish line. With the rear wheels motivated by that huge, 8.5-liter HEMI, the Bel Air completes the quarter mile in just 6.04 seconds at 237.5 mph. When you’re that fast, you don’t have to explain why your Chevy-badged car hosts a Chrysler-built mill.
There’s no word as to how many ponies are coming out of than blown engine, but judging by the six-second pass we’re probably looking at way over 1,000 horsepower. The vehicle is still in its test phase, so we’re guessing it can run five-second quarter miles too.