9.8 liter 800 HP Chevrolet Nova is a drag racing car washed up on the street
Nowadays we are told that a car should be as predictable as possible, that it should only do what it is told and not have any ideas of its own. Cars are soulless machines that neither live nor breathe. Well, in this case, this 800 horsepower 9.8L Chevrolet Nova V8 is not a car.
He is not. He loves cars more than most people. But of all, he loves the Chevy Nova the most, and when you see it driving down the street and, most importantly, hear its 582 cubic inch (9.8 liter) V8 engine, you will immediately understand why.
The Nova also comes with a bit of history. It was love at first sight for Owen, and for several years all he did was breathe and bombard the owner with purchase requisitions. When the man finally gave in and gave out a prize, Owen broke the piggy bank, but he missed it anyway. So he had the brilliant idea to buy the Nova without the motor and put it away until he could buy a new one.
We say ‘glossy’ because if the badges on the side are anything to say, the coupe had a big 454 cubic inch (7.4 liter) Chevy block under its hood, which is normally a great V8 to have, but not as good as an even larger 582 cubic inch block. Commercially, the engine is rated at 750 hp, but thanks to a larger carburetor and exhaust manifold, this Nova’s now makes around 800 hp.
Power reaches the ridiculously oversized rear wheels thanks to a Chevrolet three-speed transmission with transbrake, but get too carried away by the gas pedal, and much of it will be wasted on wheel slip. That rear rubber might be giant, but the mighty engine still isn’t. Come to think of it, nothing is.