It should be news to few persons on Earth that the French live largely to mess with our heads; anyone who’s seen or even heard about the Cirque du Soleil can confirm that much.
Okay, we know. The Cirque is an invention of the Québécois. Still, it’s culturally French.
Regardless, this 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle from France, with its twin turbochargers and all-wheel drive, might surpass the French-Canadian Circus du Weirdness with regard to how much it makes our skulls ache. Car website BangShift reports that the Chevelle can rocket to 62 mph in a mind-numbing 2.7 seconds, or about as fast as a Bugatti Veyron.
Yeah, let that sink in for a moment.
All-wheel drive on the French ’71 Chevelle comes courtesy of a GMC Syclone/Typhoon front differential, paired with a GM NP149 transfer case and a 12-bolt rear end. Power originates from an E85-fueled 355 ci small block, making a hefty 1,000 HP at 14 psi of boost.
That this incredible 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle is a triumphant feat of do-it-yourself-ness is a given. That this confounding Goliath of a machine wasn’t built by hoon-happy Americans in a shed in the middle of nowhere – that’s perhaps the greater surprise.
The French have messed with our brains yet again. But we rather like it.
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