There is a number of reasons why a pickup truck is a less-than-ideal dragster: unloaded, they generally have a lack of weight to keep the driven (rear) wheels planted; they’re not necessarily designed with slick aerodynamics in-mind; etc. etc.
Yet here we are. And here’s this ungodly quick, street legal twin-turbo Chevrolet S-10.
The build comes from Larry Larson and Pro Line Racing, a firm specializing in drag racing technology. Immediately apparent on the truck is a healthy dose of drag-focused modification; it features a hood bump larger than Mt. Sinai, and two colossal, circular ports through the hood sheet metal, one on either side. Those likely serve as the intake sites for the two behemoth turbochargers.
The truck bed is obviously covered so as to not scoop up air as this Chevy S-10 rockets through the quarter-mile, but the rear wing is actually level with the bed cover and (comparatively) conservative; clearly, unseen structural reinforcements have proved sufficient to keep the back end from dancing around at speed.
This is, of course, all academic. The truck comes alive in an entirely new way when it launches. Remember: this S-10 and its rival on the dragstrip are both street-legal, despite their respective lethal doses of zoom zoom. The S-10 leaps down the dragstrip almost instantaneously at the green light; no wheelspin here. It dashes down the quarter-mile without so much as a twitch, passing in 5.95 seconds, at a mind-numbing 244.4 mph.
That’s enough kick to give any production supercar a run for its money, not to mention rocket this Chevrolet S-10 into a permanent place of honor in our memories. Watch this impossible-to-forget mid-size pickup/warp-speed space vessel for yourself below.