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Video Proof: Chevrolet Performance Can Build a SEMA Car Faster than any Gearhead TV Show

SEMA Showdown Banzai Nova Build

John Gilbert Nov 4, 2015
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We wouldn’t have believed it if we weren’t able to see it for ourselves. The engineers at Chevrolet Performance built their LTG-powered 1967 Chevy II Nova SEMA car, so fast it makes the guys on gearhead TV shows look like a bunch of monkeys. And you don’t have to take our word for it. We’ve included video footage to prove GM builders move at super-human speeds.

The guys at Chevrolet Performance are just more proficient when it comes to starting from scratch and completing a show car in only 3.5-minutes – much faster than the 60 minute episode needed by gearhead TV shows.

The pros at Chevrolet Performance built the turbo 4-banger to showcase the LTG platform, a direct-injected 2.0L turbo crate engine, as an alternative to conventional V-8 conversions. Rated at 272 horsepower, the 4-cylinder offers comparable power to the 275-hp 327 V-8 originally offered in the ’67 Nova SS – and more than the 195-hp 283 V-8 also offered in the Chevy II lineup. The 153-inch four-cylinder available in 1967 as code OH with a 3-speed stick or OA with a Powerglide was rated at 90 horsepower.

The modern, lightweight powertrain helps the Nova 2.0 sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, light-years faster than its stock 1967 Nova counterpart.

For those interested in a hot 4-banger conversion, the LTG crate engine, the electronic control unit, the engine accessory-drive system and even the six-speed manual transmission – and requisite installation kit – are all available from Chevrolet Performance. And for those who don’t yet get that we’re joking, this is a time-lapse video of the car’s builders in action!

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