Chevy C10 work truck performing ‘Secret Sauce’ drag races traded Lexus IS300
We love a good import drag race against a country, and this week Hoonigan delivered a shootout between another weird combination of cars. Got a lowered Chevy C10 with the strangest bed ever and a mighty V8 versus an old Japanese luxury car that was built for drift and the like.
Hoonigan casually treats him like he’s a normal guy they’ve just met. But Kenshiro “Ken” Gushi is one of the best professional drifters in Japan. He started at 13 in an AE86 and is one of Toyota’s top players for riding sidelines in Formula Drift.
We’ve seen enough of what dinghies are these days to know his car isn’t a Lexus IS300. It’s the Toyota Altezza, or at least it has the right badges for it. The project started out as something to drive to and from the race track. But, of course, you can’t have a rear-wheel drive sedan with a 1JZ under the hood and do nothing with it.
Normally this would have a non-turbo engine, but Ken traded in a 1JZ because it sounds better than his more famous Supra cousin. While the elements under the hood look almost original, the crazy front articulation and sequential gearbox tell a different story.
Okay, it’s time to change sides! Next is Glen Dederick’s old Chevy C10 truck. The front part vaguely resembles a 1973 model, but the black mesh on the top gives it a menacing appearance. She uses an old small block Chevy V8 with a racing kit and a bunch of cool accessories. It’s been dynamically tested at 565 hp, so you know the almost stocked special JDM is in trouble.
And look at what’s in the barrel tied to the bed. This has to be the funniest performance setup ever. But if you want to know more about this version, watch the second video.
But drag racing has some pretty unexpected results anyway. This C10 doesn’t connect, so the IS300 wins it all. Ken can also bring home some money which he will need to buy new tires.