The Bow Tie brand has a long resumé filled with incredible drag racers and performance machines, but here’s something a little bit off the beaten path – a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS that runs a seven-second quarter-mile. With a four-cylinder engine. And front-wheel drive. No, seriously.
In truth, front-wheel drive drag racers have been posting serious times since the ‘90s, and while the configuration isn’t as commonplace as the rear-wheel alternative, it’s still no less impressive.
That much is evident with this insane Chevrolet Cobalt, which was designed to NHRA-spec FWD Pro Mod standards. The car was originally built and raced here in the States, but now it’s tearing up the tarmac in Brazil.
While technically a 2006 Cobalt SS, this dragster is clearly a whole lot more more than your standard street machine. Up front is a 2.2L Ecotec four-cylinder engine pumping out an astonishing 1,900 horsepower thanks to an 88-mm Garrett turbo. An Xtrac transmission sends the power to the front wheels, while a full carbon fiber body keeps weight at a bare minimum.
The result is a seven-second quarter-mile, with a personal best run time of 7.305. However, with a little more work and the right conditions, the car is expected to dip into the six-second range.
The fine folks at 1320 Video captured this nutty Chevrolet Cobalt down in Brazil doing a few passes, and unsurprisingly, it’s a helluva sight to see. In addition to running down the drag strip, we also get a quick look at the team pulling the engine to swap the clutch, which takes a mere just 20 minutes to complete.
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