This Tiny Chevy Sonic Rally Car Is Packing A 6.2-Liter LS3 V8
Rally racing plays home to some insane cars, and this little Chevrolet Sonic is no exception. Out of the factory, the Sonic comes equipped with a 1.4-L turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine or a naturally aspirated 1.8-L inline four-banger with both engines propelling it to 138 horsepower. Now the car is rocking four more cylinders in the form of a massive 6.2-liter LS3 V-8. Consider the ante upped.
The car was displayed at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Indianapolis at the beginning of December and is the insane creation of rallycross driver, Pat Moro, and his PMR Motorsports team from Dublin, Ohio. While information is under wraps, what is known is that it is an all-wheel-drive Chevy Sonic packing an LS3 crate engine, a widebody kit, and a roll cage.
The 6.2-liter LS3 race engine is capable of a healthy 430 horsepower and 425 lb-ft of torque and was used in the previous generation of Camaros and Corvettes. Shipped in a wooden box to your doorstep, this hefty V8 costs just over $8,000. So, from 138 horses straight out of the factory gates to now boasting upward of 400 hp, this should be a fun little rally car indeed.
You can catch this hot hatch when it competes in the American Rally Association series next year with Moro in the driver’s seat.