Michael 'Gup' Gilbert is the Australian owner of Powercruise. The cruising car show is for those who like to "beat on their cars rather than look at them from their lawn chair," touts the company's web site. Understandably, the mastermind behind the event has build some very impressive street cars, including the heavily modified Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) making a rather abbreviated appearance in the video below.

Not happy with the factory stock 6.2-liter LS3 under the hood of his daily driver HSV Clubsport, Gup replaced it with a 727-cubic-inch V8 (do the math – its displacement is more than 11.9-liters!) from Sonny's Racing Components. The $55,900 crate engine makes a whopping 1,275 horsepower on standard 91 octane pump gas, thanks in part to a massive 3,500-cfm throttle body perched on top. Custom-mounted in the nose of his Holden, Gup chose to send all of the power rearward through a two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission working through a nine-inch differential. The numbers speak for themselves – late last year, the car ran the quarter in 10.5 at 140 miles per hour.

But all good things, including this right-hand-drive Holden, will eventually come to an end. We don't know exactly what gave out during the demonstration at Powercruise USA held at Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota this past weekend, but it sure expired in spectacular fashion. See for yourself below.


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      King of Eldorado
      • 1 Year Ago
      At about 00:15, it looks like the fire started Down Under.
      Slizzo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Supposedly this was back together the next day (there are pictures of the car with no damage the following day).
      Kimura
      • 1 Year Ago
      The cruising car show is for those who like to "beat on their cars rather than look at them from their lawn chair," I imagine looking at them from a lawn chair won't cause them to burst into flames though. Just sayin'
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's crazy that the 727ci engine is one of the tamer engines that Sonny's sells.
      Tommy
      • 1 Year Ago
      i never understood the stay in place burnout. so many car get ruined due to tire explosions. DUMB
        karlInSanDiego
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tommy
        Does that mean you do understand the moving burnout? There are better things to do with tires than spin them and watch your money go down the toilet.
          Tommy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @karlInSanDiego
          YES less wear on the tire DUH.........
      domingorobusto
      • 1 Year Ago
      ~1300 hp and he's only in the 10s? And only running 140 mph traps? Something is very wrong. He should be running low 9s and trapping in the 160s, even running full weight.
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        @domingorobusto
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          mikemaj82
          • 1 Year Ago
          The GT-R does 10s stock....with 700 LESS horsepower. I don't think AWD has anything to do with that...it's way too large a margin.
          Tom
          • 1 Year Ago
          not everyone likes GTRs. also you cant do a burnout with a GTR
        domingorobusto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @domingorobusto
        Looks like you've got a lot to learn about modding. Trap speed is almost completely independent of suspension modding, and is almost completely a function of power. You can run the worst 60' in the world, but if you have 1200 hp you shouldn't be trapping in the 140s.
      Dark Gnat
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's better to burn out than fade away.
      Luke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Anyone bring some marshmallows?
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      ozzy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bloody bogans...
      sp33dklz
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, let me do the math... Nissan GTR, 545hp, 1/4 mile in 10.9. Holden HSV, 1,275hp, 1/4 mile in 10.5. Seems to me like it was a HUGE waste of money and the power just can't be put to the ground. Sad.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sp33dklz
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        Tom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sp33dklz
        GTR all wheel drive. Holden HSV rear wheel drive. Makes a huge difference getting off the line. Funny thing it probably costs about as much to build as the GTR. and it beats it in the quarter so money well spent. Also burnouts are half the fun. Something you don't get. You must be a tree hugger
          Eric Hamby
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Tom
          If i was a tree hugger id take offence... in no way are tree huggers that stupid. And really what on earth do they even have to do with that comment lol.
      alx
      • 1 Year Ago
      "...1,275 horsepower on standard 91 octane pump gas" It's probably running on 98 octane as it is sold in almost every petrol station in Aus. No one puts 91 octane into a high performance car in Aus.
        hadskeath
        • 1 Year Ago
        @alx
        Australia uses the Research Octane Number (RON) only. The US uses RON + Motor Octane Number (MON) / 2. The US measure comes out about 5 points lower.
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