Prairie State Pressure
Welcome to Illinois, the United States’ fifth most populous state, where you’ll find one fantastic fifth-gen Camaro. The boosted bowtie is a ’13 1LE, loaded up with every option but a sunroof. Stock pony power quickly went to the wayside, when Mitchell Nelson implanted a Kenne Bell 2.3-liter liquid cooled supercharger, pushing 10.5 psi. Working alongside is Kenne Bell’s Boost-a-Pump and 60-pound injectors to supply a steady supply of 93-octane. The Pekin based Camaro spun up 553 rwhp and 504 ft-lb of torque, growling the entire time through the custom cat-delete pipe. According to Mitchell, all of the work (minus the tune) was performed in a friend’s garage, adding new meaning to the term peer pressure. Out front, the intercooler ever so slightly peeks through the ZL1 fascia, just hinting at the horsepower hiding under the hood.
Chinese DeliveryVirginia based resident, Dylan Higgs, has a 2001 WS6, mostly paid for from countless late night delivery runs, when he worked for a busy Chinese restaurant. With that in mind, Dylan’s built 383 cubic-inch Trans Am has been completely revamped, and the rods, pistons, valves, and lifters have all been built. The custom grind 223/239 cam, ported 243 heads, and ported FAST 92 mm throttle body add to the aftermarket allure. The WS6 sits on a full tubular suspension by UMI performance that keeps the ride happy when Dylan launches the beast using the Monster stage 3 clutch, grabs second gear with the short shifter, and uses all of the Detroit Truetrac 4.10 gears out back. Any way you look at it, Dylan’s hard work has paid off, and he loves every minute spent behind the wheel of his stealthy Street Heat worthy bird.
Texas RedEverything’s bigger in Texas, especially with a turbo. Speaking of those pressure-pushing parts, check out Rudy Quiroga’s 2004 Camaro. The Edinburg resident slapped a hefty boost buddy on the 5.3-liter, and with the 243-heads and custom grind 114 LSA cam, the Lone Star shark spun up a killer 643 horsepower and 600 ft-lbs of torque at 18 psi. The entire E85 friendly setup runs with twin Granatelli in-tank pumps, finding a way to handle the additional fuel. The current turbo driven setup is spooling up a Magnum Performance T70, sucking in air through an LS6 intake, eventually spinning Motive 3.37 gears and the Mickey Thompson 305s out back. If things get out of hand, Rudy can rely on the C6 Z06 front rotors with ’10 Camaro Brembo calipers and the 6-point Wolfe roll cage. Needless to say, the Texas red Camaro is ready to race, and Rudy plans to upgrade to a Turbonetics setup any day now.
Let’s introduce Tommy and Kris Bowen, from Burlington, North Carolina. Tommy’s a lifetime performance car fanatic, and holds the keys to a beautiful ’86 Buick Grand National. His GN is a survivor car with almost every option and just 75,000 miles on the odometer. He will gladly share that the only add-ons are a performance exhaust and Eibach springs. Tommy’s nephew Kris thankfully inherited the need for speed gene, and shares a similar love for GM High-Tech rides. Kris is the proud owner of the ’02 Camaro sitting next to his Uncle’s GN, and the fourth-gen is an SLP SS (#6891). Likeminded performance car fanatics would definitely agree that being able to share the horsepower passion with a family member is priceless. Two generations of cars next to their human counterparts doesn’t get any better than this!
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