The Honda del Sol disappeared after the 1998 model year, but the tiny two-seater is still making a splash 26 years after its departure. A new drag racing video from the YouTube channel Drag Racing and Car stuff shows a very tuned example taking on the American performance trio – two Dodge Challengers and a Chevrolet Camaro SS – and Honda beating all three.
The Honda del Sol first faced off against the Dodge Challenger Hellcat. Dodge is likely to make 707 horsepower (519 kilowatts) and 650 pound-feet (881 Newton-meters) of torque from its 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine. We don’t know what drives the Honda, but we just have to look at the ET to know it’s something strong.
Honda had no trouble beating the Dodge, finishing the quarter mile in 11.15 seconds at 122.67 miles per hour (197.42 kilometers per hour), which was slightly faster than the Dodge, which took 11.25 seconds to finish, finishing the race in 124.01. mph (199.57 kph).
Honda then lined up alongside the Camaro SS with a 6.2-liter V8, which puts out 425 hp (316 kW) and 420 lb-ft (569 Nm) of torque to the rear wheels. However, Honda got its second win in the video, finishing the race in 11.03 seconds at 130.97 mph (210.78 kph). The Camaro did it in 12.87 seconds at 117.87 mph (189.69 kph).
The final race was against another Dodge Challenger, but the trim is unclear. However, that didn’t really matter much as Honda took its third win, going into 10th on the final lap, finishing the quarter mile in 10.70 seconds at 137.58 mph (221.31 kph). Dodge was right behind him with a speed of 122.97 mph (197.90 kph) and a time of 11.38 seconds.
One of the great things about the automotive world is one’s ability to tweak and customize a car to whatever one wants. The Honda del Sol never rolled off the assembly line in an 11-second quarter mile, but nearly 30 years later, it beat the Dodge Challenger Hellcat in a drag race.