This Volvo-Powered Dragster Is an Eight-Second Car

For those who think Hemis, Chevy Small Blocks and Ford 302s are overrated, there's the Volvo B20.


If you're building a rear-engined dragster, you need a big American V8, right? Conventional wisdom indicates that you do, but if you're a crazy group of Norwegians, you use a little four-cylinder from a Volvo. Apparently.

Using a Volvo B20 engine–a single-cam, iron-block four-cylinder that dates back to the early 1960s–for a dragster seems like a bad idea, but there's actually some logic here. Volvo's B-series engines didn't produce a lot of power, but they are incredibly durable–just ask the guy who put three million miles on .

Team Volvo Dragster has been racing for nearly 10 years now, but it just came to our attention thanks to . We're not entirely sure how much power this dragster makes, but o says it makes around 750 hp. We do know it can run an 8.35-second quarter-mile, which is thoroughly absurd. Even better, it sounds like an old rally car doing it.

Team Volvo Dragster, we salute you. Keep chasing tenths.

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