Old Chevrolet LUV truck is unlikely dragster, tears apart on drag track
Racing gear is the only thing this Chevrolet LCV now pulls in bed while charging from start to finish in a straight line. It puts all that punch on the track via full-fledged racing wheels, with skinnies up front and big rubber in the back. Not exactly your average light truck, is it?
So how fast is this thing? Well, there isn’t a clock to give us exact numbers, but I’m pretty sure the drag board would just do “daaaamn!” when this LUV falls into the trap. All kidding aside, my stopwatch says this truck does the 1/8 mile in under seven seconds. There are three tracks in the video below and each of them is in the high six. The LUV races solo in two of them and against another Chevrolet truck in the only real duel.
But this dumper isn’t just about massive power and fast sprints. It also takes off from the line like a slingshot dragster. The pilot is obviously also gifted since he launches perfectly at the green light. And be sure to check out that big wheelie on the second sprint, at 2:25 minutes.
I know people run all kinds of vehicles these days, but I have to admit I wasn’t ready to see a Chevrolet LUV hit the drag strip. At least not one that packs so much punch and anger. Well that’s a cool way to put an old truck to good use.
Oh, and just for fun, did you know that the Chevrolet LUV didn’t completely disappear after GM replaced it with the S-10 in the US? The truck remained in production in South America even after the Isuzu Faster / Rodeo was dropped. After that, the LUV became a twin of the Isuzu D-Max, developed in cooperation with GM. Either way, here’s the old LUV tearing it apart on the drag strip.