Video: Meet Marcos Chavez, the Man That Built That Porsche-Beating Nissan Maxima

https://www.youtube.com/embed/uvRND-P32pg

Ever see that video circulating around the web about some guy beating a supposed turbocharged Porsche in a late model Nissan Maxima? (Don't worry, you'll see him in the first clip of this video.)

That man is named Marcos Chavez, a native of Chihuahua, Mexico—not Guatemala as some have speculated—and that really is his heavily modified Nissan Maxima that he regularly drag races.

Naturally, the video is in Spanish, though English subtitles are provided.

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
11/20/20 9:12 a.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

Someone buy that man a plane ticket to the Challenge next year. Maybe it's time to offer a pro driver for the drags?

pinchvalve (Forum Supporter)
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
11/20/20 9:26 a.m.

Im not sure why this is so surprising. I certainly hope it's not because he is Mexican. Smart people who are good at building cars can be found anywhere and everywhere. And they build a lot of cars in Mexico, so it makes sense that people from the area might know a lot about cars. I'd chalk it up the the "Trump Effect".

Hopefully it is because its a FWD Maxima sedan is beating a Porsche Turbo.  Certainly pretty cool, but the VQ engine has a lot of development years behind it and a V6 twin-turbo is what powers the GT-R, which is no slouch. I wonder what transmission he is running because it seems to take the abuse well. 

iansane
iansane Reader
11/20/20 10:56 a.m.
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) said:

Im not sure why this is so surprising. I certainly hope it's not because he is Mexican. Smart people who are good at building cars can be found anywhere and everywhere. And they build a lot of cars in Mexico, so it makes sense that people from the area might know a lot about cars. I'd chalk it up the the "Trump Effect".

Hopefully it is because its a FWD Maxima sedan is beating a Porsche Turbo.  Certainly pretty cool, but the VQ engine has a lot of development years behind it and a V6 twin-turbo is what powers the GT-R, which is no slouch. I wonder what transmission he is running because it seems to take the abuse well. 

I don't know about anyone else. I always thought that video was hilariously awesome just because of the stoic non-expression on his face, speed shifting a maxima walking away from an arrest-me-yellow P-car. I always wanted to know what was done to the car. He just seemed so horrendously blase about it. Like he's really just going to get some cigarettes and a gallon of milk and some porsche won't let him merge. Amazingly impressive.

Vigo (Forum Supporter)
Vigo (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
11/20/20 11:44 a.m.

Turbo Maximas have always been some of the ultimate sleepers. Any VQ + boost makes a Maxima stupid fast. The main reason GTRs are even any faster than the turbo maximas people built 15 years ago is because GTRs have GTR mod budgets and no Maxima in recorded history ever has. 

tremm
tremm Reader
11/21/20 3:45 p.m.
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) said:

Bait.

How do you think your brain would react if it was a different clickbait video of Jolene in Missouri walking a Viper with his Neon?

Sometimes it's better to not assume the worst.

irish44j (Forum Supporter)
irish44j (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
11/21/20 6:44 p.m.

Back when I was in the maxima "scene" (yes, there is one), One of the locals had one that ran high 9's in the quarter. It was a late-90s VQ30DE turbo, looked bone stock on the outside, and he would leave his baby seats in the back. And then annihilate a lot of fast cars.

Mine beat a few Porsches in its day as well (in autocross). Albeit, probably some poorly-driven Porsches hah. 

tremm
tremm Reader
11/21/20 8:54 p.m.

The Sentra v6 swap on here from a few years ago really spoke to me.

I've never been a huge Nissan fan - I don't remember the 300zx's being hugely capable back in the 00's (aside from looking great). Probably due to cost/complexity/Civics being popular and easy. And then drift really took off. That may have been the era of the 2JZ stealing the limelight too.

I got to drive a 350z once and the acceleration around town left a really positive impression. I never sought one out due to high resale value, average/poor mpg, and 2 door coupe.

racerfink
racerfink UltraDork
11/22/20 12:13 a.m.

Next you’ll be telling us a K car, with fender flares made out of filing cabinets, can run 9’s!

spandak
spandak HalfDork
11/22/20 11:56 p.m.

That thing moves! 
I was looking at one of these but never pulled the trigger. Finding a 6 speed was hard at the time if I remember right. Cool cars, under appreciated 

You'll need to Log in to post comments.

More like this
Our Preferred Partners
mVeBLBO3GKMH5zqyaXkGRDgHNCRe81oFit7PwGDcj4BHVOMmqhDARKoU39gO5aqK