What is the most commonly modified type of vehicle in America with enthusiasts looking for horsepower? You might think two-door muscle or sports cars, like the Ford Mustang or Chevy Corvette would take the title, but you’d be wrong. Nor are small compact cars like the Honda Civic in the running, despite roads at times seeming to be overrun by buzzy, obnoxious imports.
Turns out that the most modified vehicles in America are pickup trucks, and it’s no coincidence that trucks also happen to be the best-selling vehicles in the ol’ USA. These monsters of the open road are tweaked and tuned to fit every possible scenario, including drag racing. Watching this smoke-chugging, Ram 2500 with a 1,000 hp Cummins diesel blow away a Chevy Corvette lets everybody know who the real King of the Road is.
Built by Garmon’s Diesel Drivetrains out of Griffin, Georgia, the 5.9-liter Cummins diesel engine still uses its stock rods, though it does have decompressed pistons to handle the extra boost running through it. An upgraded 64mm over S480 compound turbo setup with dual CP3 injection pumps, and it runs without any propane or nitrous injection system. Power goes to the rear wheels through a fully-built Fatshaft Garmon diesel transmission, sending the extended cab pickup down the quarter-mile drag strip in just 10.30 seconds at 130 mph.
On the dyno, this monster machine laid 1,053 horsepower at the wheels, and we don’t doubt it for a second after watching it launch down the strip like a jet. It embarrasses a 12-second Corvette, and we felt bad for the Cadillac STS driver forced to line up against this Goliath from Georgia. No wonder trucks are wildly popular with automotive enthusiasts. Next time you see a car pull up next to a truck and initiate a race, pay attention. You might get to see a surprised car owner get beat.