If you’re a purist, you’re probably not a fan of people who take Corvettes to the dragstrip. You probably get extra-mad when somebody back-halfs one, throws out the IRS, and converts it to a solid axle. Fairly warned ye be, says I — If you are that kind of person, this video is going to make you lose your mind.
Ricky Ferguson had some good reasons to drop the turbocharged Supra powerplant into the Corvette, and thanks to our friends at EngineSwapDepot.com, we know a few pertinent details about this most unusual hybrid, on top of what’s revealed in the video. The 1973 C3 Corvette, as it turns out, was actually Ferguson’s father’s race car originally, and the 2JZ straight-six came from a previous Lexus SC300 drag car build Ferguson had done.
The Chevy offered a lighter chassis for the 1,100 horsepower Toyota mill, which gets pressurized via a 76 mm single turbo. Anyone familiar with Japanese performance cars can attest to how much power you can squeeze from this particular combination, and the rest of the car is tried-and-true domestic hardware as well, with a PowerGlide and four-link-suspended Ford 9-inch rearend with 4.88 gears backing it up.
The end result is a Corvette with a really unique sound that has the hustle to back up the bark. At this particular event at Bradenton Motorsports Park, we get to see a high-eights pass in the 150’s, and despite the fact that a lot of Corvette guys will hate it, we have to give credit for coming up with a combination that seems to work so well.
What do you think? Are you a fan of go-fast crossbreeds, or should Corvettes always have a Chevy V8 under the hood? Let us know in the comments below…