We absolutely love seeing two complete different breeds of car go head-to-head, and this Chevrolet Nova versus Nissan GT-R roll race exemplifies our passion for weird race action.
The two recently met in Houston for Street Car Takeover St. Louis and coincidentally neither vehicle had competed in a roll-race before– well, legally at least.
On the one hand we have the “Crusty Nova”, a 1962 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova that recently underwent an engine swap and now gets its thrust from a 400ci LS Next engine with LS7 heads by LME, while two massive 67mm turbos provide a tidal wave of boost.
When fitted with a 370 cubic-inch LS, the Crusty Nova put over 1,100hp through its rear tires, and while we don’t have any specs for the larger 400 ci engine, we suspect the “new” car spits out a similar amount of fury. You’ll see why in a few short seconds.
In the other corner we have the roll-race standard of the world, the Nissan GT-R (R35). The owner wasn’t foolish enough to show up with a stock powerplant, though, and this feisty Japanese jet puts out about 1,150 hp through all four patches of rubber.
We hate spoilers so we’ll shut up now before we ruin it. Suffice to say… it’s insanely close.
Check out what happens when these two beasts mash the gas from a rolling 40 mph start.