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Believe it or not, people of The, that monstrously bloated Chevrolet Camaro in the picture above has been built for a children’s movie; an animated, children’s movie.

Despite sporting a front setup that looks like its pint has just been spilled all over its face, the mad Chevy is a promotional tool for an upcoming DreamWorks movie called Turbo. It follows the adventures of a snail who dreams of becoming a racing driver. Geddit? A snail! As a racing driver!

Adorable premise, you’ll agree. Sadly, the underlying premise of this Camaro - which we’re assured is “instrumental in transforming him [the snail] into a racer” - is anything but adorable. If you look closely, you’ll spot the ‘ZL1’ badges, indicating this thing sports a 6.2-litre supercharged V8; the same V8 that sits inside a Corvette ZR1.

Top Gear drives the Camaro ZL1

In standard form, the Camaro ZL1 is good for 580bhp, 556lb ft of torque, a 0-60mph time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 184mph. It will also hit the quarter mile in 12 seconds dead. This MonsterCamaro has been more supercharged, to the tune of 700bhp. No performance figures were given, but it’s probably fast enough to scare small pets.

It also gets fully customised lower rockers and flared arches, a new front splitter and rear diffuser, huge rear wing, LED headlights, 24in alloys, a custom bonnet and adjustable suspension all round.

Now, before you go screaming into your sandwiches about this concoction, remember: it’s a car built for a children’s movie. We just hope someone cheers the ruddy thing up…

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