Not only is Larry Larson the owner of the ultra-quick Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck, he was the guy behind the wheel during the record quarter mile race. The run smashed the previous world record that was set by Andy Frost in the United Kingdom at 6.39 seconds, showing that Americans know how to go fast in a straight line better than anyone else. Not to mention, if Larry Larson had not pulled his chutes before his S-10 crossed the finish line, he would have made it out with an even better time. Most people have known someone with an S-10 pickup truck and haven’t considered it to be anything super special. Sure, they can be kind of fun to drive and come with the added bonus of a bed that makes them more practical than a Cavalier, but that’s about where it ends. Making such a vehicle the World’s Quickest Street Legal Car took some massaging and hard work, along with patience and unwavering perseverance. Larson and Pro Line Racing, which specializes in drag racing, turned such a mundane vehicle into something that would make your average muscle car look slow. Just from the outside the truck looks crazy, with a hood bump that is massive enough to be mistaken for a small country. There are also two big ports in the hood, flanking the bump, which feed two turbochargers that are absolutely massive. The bed is rendered relatively useless, thanks to a cover that makes the vehicle more aerodynamic, plus a pretty tame rear wing.
The real magic is what’s under the skin. It comes with a custom Larson Race Cars-built 25.2 chassis that is SFI certified. Powering the monster machine is a 620ci engine built by Pro Line that used a big-block Chevy as the basis, with 5-inch bore-spacing and Brodix heads. Stuffing as much air into the cylinders as possible are two 98 millimeter Precision Turbo Gen 2 Pro Mod turbos. They aren’t connected to intercoolers since the vehicle runs off alcohol that is fed to the engine with an Aeromotive fuel pump that is belt-driven, cooling things down considerably.
The fuel filter, pump, and fuel cell are located in the bed, helping add some weight to the rear portion of the vehicle. There is a side-pipe exhaust system and carbon-fiber doors for track use only. The truck is an extreme build that produces extreme results.
Some guys just don’t know when to quit, and Larry Larson is one of them. Just in November of 2014, he showed up to the Street Car Super Nationals in Las Vegas with his ultra-quick Chevy S-10 and laid down an amazing 5.95-second quarter mile at 244 mph. It was the first time a street-legal vehicle has made it in under six seconds. So say whatever you want about a truck’s size, because Larson won’t stick around long at all to hear it.