This, my friends, is what pure unadulterated attitude looks like. It’s Matte Orange wrapped around Carbon Fiber, it makes 570-rwhp from a Kenne Bell blown LS3, and it’s got the stance and character to back up its bold look. What we have here is Chris Moore’s ’10 Camaro and, parked next to an Inferno Orange ZL1 press car that we took with us to the photo shoot, it looks like something straight out of a high-dollar Sci-Fi blockbuster. What a typical Camaro does for style, Chris’s Camaro takes it up to an 11 and it does so on every conceivable level. Oh yeah, it’s also his daily driver, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
Let’s start way back in 2009, when Chris decided it was time to take the plunge into the Camaro market. As you may have already guessed, Chris isn’t exactly a stereotypical Camaro guy, he actually got his start in the car game while stationed in Japan thanks to a less than honest recruiter for the Marine corps… but that’s a story for another time. What we do know is that the military seems to have a funny way of turning regular people into major automotive enthusiasts and, for Chris, the change actually began with video games before slowly transitioning into the real world, where he began to notice Supras, EVOs, Skylines, and RX7s roaming the streets of Japan. When Chris finally got back stateside, it was time to get his own ride and as the story goes, he bought an import first, then a German car or two, and finally a late model GTO. “I tried everything with the GTO to make it stand out, to not look bland, but I just couldn’t get it to where I wanted it.” Eventually, Chris saw a picture of the fifth-gen Camaro and got excited… really excited. “I sat in one and realized it had everything I was looking for in a car. The look, performance, and comfort, basically all the parts I liked about the previous cars I owned wrapped into one. Especially with the ground effects kit, the Camaro was a car that I had to have.” When it was finally ready for production, Chris was one of the first to get his hands on one and the journey from stock to rock star began.
Naturally, Chris loaded his Camaro to the gills, adding every conceivable option, including the ground effects and sunroof. If he was going to do this, he was going to do it right. Within weeks, it was time to get to work, with the factory ground effects being the first pieces to receive attention, getting coated in fresh black paint, instead of the factory plastic look, to better blend into the body lines. From there, it was time to get the stance correct and order up a set of wheels that would make the Camaro stand out from the crowd. “The first thing I do to any car I get is change the wheels and suspension.” Regarding the wheels, that was an easy choice for the Orange Park, FL resident as CCW is both semi-local and one of the best custom wheel companies in the country. Of course, it didn’t hurt that Chris was one of the first new Camaro owners to seek custom wheels for his ride, and in working with CCW, he was able to test fit several styles and sizes until he found the perfect set. “CCW didn’t disappoint with customizing some wheels for me.” What you see here are a set of 20x10 and 20x11-inch C2K wheels that are wrapped in Nitto Invo tires on all four corners. They look amazing on their own, but the flush fitment and exacting fender gaps really set them off and come courtesy of a set of BC Racing BR Type coilovers. “To me coilovers are worth the extra money compared to just getting springs. I have to be able to dial in and adjust the height and firmness of the ride.” Chris obviously took great care to set the stance exactly where he liked it and it shows in the final product.
Underneath those slick wheels sit a set of massive – we’re talking massive – Wortec 12-piston front and 6-piston rear brakes. Yes, twelve. Those calipers wrap around 15.3-inch front rotors, which seem to barely fit under the 20-inch wheels. “The brakes and exhaust are by far one of the best mods I have done. I think a lot of people don’t realize the importance of stopping vs. going fast.” Of course, stopping is only fun if you can get up to speed, and for that Chris actually started off small, only adding an exhaust to the otherwise stock LS3. Bolted to the engine is a pair of Kooks 1 7/8-inch long-tube headers, which attach to a Wortec 3-inch stainless steel exhaust that features a bi-modal adjustment system, which allows Chris to change up the tone on the fly. In an off-the-record exhaust test on an undisclosed test ramp next to a certain ZL1, we may or may not be able to confirm that the exhaust screams as it climbs through each gear. Interestingly, it’s not the exhaust note that should put fear in to would-be challengers hearts, it’s the high-pitched whine coming from the front of the orange beast that should do that. Yes, the unmistakable sound of a 2.8-liter Kenne Bell supercharger sings from under the factory hood, pumping 8 pounds of boost through the factory built LS3, enough steam to lay down 571-rwhp and 556 lb-ft of torque. Funny, considering just months earlier Chris was quite happy with his stock engine and bolt-on exhaust. “At the time I thought that was enough power and performance, but then more and more of the fifth-gen Camaro guys in town started to bump up their power…”
“After a few months of enjoying the new power and sound, I decided it was time to make my car stand out from the rest for sure.” This is where Chris’s Camaro goes from your typical bolt-on street driver to a standout cover car. “A friend of mine owns and operates his own car wrap and tint shop. I have seen him wrap Lamborghinis in carbon fiber and Cadillac CTS-V coupes in matte white. He showed me a few color choices and for some reason the matte orange just stood out for me compared to the rest.” Gee, we wonder why?! Of course, matte orange just wasn’t enough for Chris and the crew over at Icon Wrapz in Orange Park. Oh no, it was just the base to which they would add carbon fiber wrapped accents, which offset the orange and give the Camaro a real defining look. The ground effects, rear valance, roof, and front splitter all received the carbon fiber treatment; along with the center bumper cover that divides the top and bottom grill. If you’re thinking that one is inspired by the imports Chris once grew up on, you’re on the right track. Once wrapped, it was time to hit the streets in style.
“In the beginning my goal was always to make my Camaro into something that looked like it came out of the ALMS series. I love cars that are low to the ground with fender wells hugging the tires. Besides a huge wing spoiler, I think I got everything I wanted and more.” More is correct and we here at Camaro Now all agree, Chris nailed it with his orange beauty, and this Camaro is proof positive that you can blend automotive influences into anything you want, no matter what your style.
Engine: 6.2L LS3, Kenne Bell 2.8-liter supercharger with air-to-water intercooler
Fuel System: ZL1 fuel pump, stock injectors
Engine Management: Stock, tuned by EFI Alchemy
Exhaust System: Kooks 1 7/8-inch long-tube headers, Wortec 3-inch cat-back
Driveline: TR6060, stock clutch
Suspension: BC Racing BR Type coilovers, Hotchkis sway bars
Brakes: Wortec 12-piston front, 6-piston rear
Wheels: CCW C2K 20x10 front, 20x11 rear
Tires: Nitto Invo 275/40/20 front, 315/35/20 rear