Remember when “hybrid” had a different connotation than an underpowered econobox that was hogging the carpool lane? Shelby Cobras, Iso Grifos, and Bizzarrini GTs all were European cars with American power – hence, hybrid! But have you heard of the Draguar?
Correctly pronounced “drahg-u-ah” (and done so with a stiff upper lip), this hybrid is a marriage between Coventry (in Merry Old England) and Warren (suburb in Detroit Rock City). After a rocky start, the marriage seems to be improving with a replacement ring . . . er, motor smoothing out the relationship. Specifically, Hot Rod staff editor Mike Finnegan snagged a 383ci stroker small-block from BluePrint Engines and dyno-tested it at Westech Performance in Mira Loma, CA.
Although the motor is rated at 600 horses, the boys upped the ante from the already potent 6-71 supercharger with a smaller pulley for more boost. Did they achieve their goal of 700 horsepower? Tune in to find out.
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