Not that long ago, quadruple-digit horsepower was the exclusive province of otherworldly engines with obscene cylinder counts. Now, though, anyone can get 1,004 hp (1,017 PS/749 kW), thanks to Chevy’s ZZ632 crate engine, which you can see in a car in Hoonigan’s latest video.
The channel has posted the latest update to its Big Block Camaro build, which it completed at the behest of Chevrolet for the SEMA Show, where the engine was shown publicly for the first time.
Based on a third-generation Camaro, the last video showed the engine running for the first time. Now, they show the whole car driving on an (allegedly) closed street. Although we still don’t have a good idea of what the engine is truly capable of, the Hoonigan crew does confirm that “it’s fast.”
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“It was, like, two percent throttle, just, like, put it into gear and the ass end’s already coming around,” says Suppy, one of the builders.
Driven once with open headers and a second time a little further along the way to completion, the Camaro proves that the 10.3-liter V8 is very loud. Still being tuned, the engine pulses slightly unevenly in a way that suggests extreme performance. After having the opportunity to drive it, Alex Grimm, another one of the builders, is stunned by the performance.
“Dude, this thing is so cool,” says Grimm. “Out of the [third-gen Camaros] I’ve driven, I think it’s the best. The engine is fantastic, it’s incredibly drivable for a thousand horsepower.”
With time running low, the build then moves onto the body shop to be finished up. Still being built with just a day left before the SEMA Show, there’s little opportunity to see what the engine is really capable of, but it’s certainly a tantalizing amuse-bouche for the hilarity that is sure to commence once ZZ632 builds start becoming more common.