7 Photographer Cesar Andre proves that taking pictures isn’t easy.
8 The Global West-suspended ’71 Malibu wagon is seen here coming down the front straight. With the “hot cam” LS3 crate motor from Chevrolet Performance and a T56 six-speed, it did not feel like two tons of long roof. For suspension, it had Global West’s weld-in coilover system with Penske single–adjustable shocks. Not a bolt-in system, the mounts are cut through the frame. Wheels are from Forge line, the tires 275-35R18 NT05s in front, 275/35R19s rear.
9 Super Chevy Tech Editor Calin Head goes over skidpad results for the Global West-suspended Malibu with test driver Jason Scudellari.
10 The Art Morrison Enterprises ’69 Camaro was impervious to imperfections in the track and the road, thanks in part to the independent rear. Best lap time was a 1:03.71, significantly quicker than the ’13 Camaro SS.
11 Stock ’13 Camaro pulled 0.88 average in both directions on the skidpad. Not bad considering the amount of desert sand that kept blowing on our road surface. It was the only car in our test not wearing Nitto tires. It kept the factory Pirelli PZero Neros.
12 The stock SS exhibits a lot of body lean, but it had no problem hanging in there on the road course. This tradeoff certainly contributed to the car’s sweet street manners. Its best lap time was 1:05.56
13 Slalom speed for the SS was 45.5 mph.
14 On the skidpad, the AME Camaro pulled 0.91g, bettering the ’13 SS. Slalom speed was 48.5 mph, far surpassing that of the stock Camaro.
15 The Malibu pulled a two-way average of .88 on the skidpad, same as the stock SS. Remarkably, they ran nearly identical lap times as well, with the ’71 turning a best lap of 1:05.67. Slalom mph was 44.1.
16 Slalom speed for the Church Boys Racing Nova was a terrific 45.5—same as the ’13 Camaro SS.
17 Mary Pozzi, our 11-time national autocross champion, had the CBR Nova booking around the Streets of Willow Springs, but if the car had a roof and shoulder harnesses we’re sure she’d have bettered her times.
18 Scuds really had a ball with our ’13 Camaro bogey car.
About Our Tires
To keep all the cars on equal footing (or as equal as possible), we ran all of our entrants on Nitto’s NT05 high-performance tires. The Z-rated NT05 has a 200 treadwear rating and good water channeling technology, so it can be your everyday tire. They come in a host of sizes, from 17- to 20-inch rims.
Nitto’s been at the forefront of affordable high-performance street tire technology for well over a decade. Its lineup, from the 555 to NT05 and NT01 (a DOT-legal road race tire) is well-known in the aftermarket.
“NT05 blends the street performance characteristics that existed in the NT555 [Nitto’s staple muscle car tires] with the competition proven race performance technologies from the NT01 [Nitto’s race compound road course tire] to create the ultimate street performance tire,” according to Stephen Leu, Nitto’s marketing strategist. The NT05 fits the niche perfectly between the super streetable 555 and the all-out, competition-proven NT01.
The NT05 is an excellent option for the weekend autocrosser/open track driver who does not want the hassle of changing back and forth between his street tires and a set of competition rubber. They provide high limits of grip and are very predictable at the edge. They won’t just surprise you and just suddenly break loose.