Hoonigan host Zac Mertens is the very proud owner of a custom 1974 Chevrolet C10 with a 434 cubic-inch GM LS3 engine built by Texas Speed & Performance. This is a surprisingly fast home-built sport truck, with the bored and stroked LS3 making a significant 545 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels.
But is Mertens’ custom 1970s work truck fast enough to take down a Porsche 911 GT3? That’s what the Hoonigan crew sought to find out in the latest episode of the “This vs. That” drag racing video series.
The 911 GT3 in question is an early 991-generation model, which means it has a 3.8L flat-six engine producing 475 horsepower at the flywheel. Paired with the naturally-aspirated flat-six are a quick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a rear-wheel drivetrain. The Chevrolet C10 is significantly more powerful than the Porsche, then, and thus seems as though it may have the hardware to hang with the motorsports-bred 911.
There’s a lot more to drag racing than outright power, though. With gobs of low-end torque on tap and no electronic traction control, the Chevrolet C10 hopelessly spins its tires when leaving the line, all while the Porsche grips up perfectly and rockets down the road. The story isn’t much different with the Porsche’s traction control off, either. The sports car’s rear-engine layout and the torque curve of the boxer engine give it superior traction even with the electronic aids switched off.
Check out the video embedded below to see if Hoonigan’s Chevrolet C10 can manage to put its power down properly and pounce on this undeniably quick Porsche.