Ever been stuck behind a diesel? Pity the poor soul who gets stuck behind a philosophy professor in his Mercedes 240D. Pity the Freegan who stains her thrift-store blouse while loading grease into her Rabbit diesel. Lacking in horsepower but with beaucoup des torque, diesels tend to be missing on the lists of automotive enthusiasts everywhere, but Carroll Shelby once said, “Horsepower sells cars, torque wins races.” It could be true, according to the below video.
In the video, we have a diesel 1978 Dodge Li’l Red Express truck (which normally came with a strong 360) going against an Acura Integra—classic old vs. new matchup, but with a twist. There must be a 2,000-pound difference between the two but, amidst the black smoke and exhaust popping, could it be close?
Once the smoke settles, you can be the judge.