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After the Episode 1 introduction of the Horsepower Wars: $10K Drag Shootout, the cars have been chosen and build plans have been set.

Now, it’s time to put the proverbial rubber-to-the-road. The goal is building the fastest car down the dragstrip, in ten days, while staying within a $10,000 budget.

Learn more on the rules and guidelines for the $10K Challenge here.

The battle will consist of a pair of Fox-Body Mustangs, a G-Body Buick Regal, and a third-gen Camaro.

But don’t expect these cars to stay stock—nope, in this teardown episode they’ll be gutted, tubbed, tunneled, and built-up to no-holds-barred 1/4-mile monsters.

The teams are coming at this challenge from different angles: some are using the tried-and-true big block+nitrous combo, while others are going ultra-tech with turbocharged LS motors.

Throughout the build, the teams are adapting their plans to their cars…and, more importantly, their budgets.

Parts are coming in from everywhere, including all-new gear from Summit Racing, and used components from junkyards and smart used deals.

Check out Horsepower Wars: $10K Drag Shootout Episode 2 and see how the cars (and teams) are coming together.

And click here to watch all the other Horsepower Wars videos, including Pony Wars and bonus footage.