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Ringbrothers Debuts 1966 Chevy Chevelle at 2014 SEMA

Sublety in the Land of Bling

Jim Campisano Nov 5, 2014
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When it comes to the SEMA show, subtlety is not a virtue usually found, either in its display vehicles, its parts or the models that pose with the cars and products. The bigger, brighter the car or bolt-ons, the more they fit in. So when Ringbrothers debuted the Recoil ’66 Chevelle, it was shocking in its color choice.

"Recoil" is finished in a custom BASF Glasurit 90-Line Waterborne paint color named "Sand Storm," and is adorned with custom, hand-laid carbon fiber panels and trim pieces that show off the highly detailed fit and finish Ringbrothers is known for, including the bumpers, mirrors, hood, trunk and inner fenders. The carbon fiber cloth used on the parts for "Recoil" is from the Mirage line of materials that are custom designed by Composite Envisions. The material is woven in a 2x2 Twill style which is the most popular weave style among automotive enthusiasts in the U.S. This material is a hybrid of high strength, aerospace grade carbon fiber and a beautiful pure silver plated copper wire. Adding the wire to the carbon fiber provides the ability to retain the high strength that carbon fiber is known for while also giving a high end cosmetic appeal that creates an exclusive part while saving time and money with no post finishing required such as painting. The unique combination provides a very exclusive, ultra-high end cosmetic part with strength characteristics that far exceed aluminum and steel parts while providing a significant weight savings.

1966 Chevy Chevelle Front Three Quarter 2/11

While it may be subdued in its color choice, the rest of Recoil is rather bold. Mike and Jim Ring installed a 980 horsepower Whipple-supercharged Wegner Motorsports LS7 in the ’66 Chevelle. Special one-off fuel rail covers were constructed for the Whipple supercharger to exactly match the design of the blower’s case. A Holley fuel injection system with an Aeromotive fuel cell and pump were installed to keep premium pump gas flowing. Not surprising since the car debuted in the Royal Purple booth, the LS uses Royal Purple XPR Extreme Performance Racing oil.

The nearly 1000-horse beast is backed by a Tremec T56 Magnum transmission reworked by Bowler. Finally, a Dynotech driveshaft sends the power to a John’s Industries 9-inch rear end.

1966 Chevy Chevelle Ls7 Engine 3/11

Getting the Chevelle in motion are the brand new three-piece forged wheels called "Recoil," a new model in the Ringbrothers wheel series from HRE that also made their debut at the SEMA Show. Measuring 19x9 and 20x13, these custom rollers and are shod with 275/35/19 tires up front and massive 345/30/20 tires in the back.

The interior of the Chevelle is completely race-ready and is designed with form over function in mind. The entire interior was fabricated by hand from sheet metal and several interior pieces, including the floor, door panels and seats, were meticulously hydro-dipped to match the carbon fiber found throughout the car. Five point racing harnesses keep you firmly planted in the the custom crafted seats while a Racepak gauge cluster in a custom Ringbrothers billet housing displays all of the information the driver needs to go fast while keeping tabs on the car’s vital signs.

1966 Chevy Chevelle Interior Dashboard 4/11
1966 Chevy Chevelle Interior 5/11

Vehicle Ringbrothers 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle "Recoil"
Theme Refined race car – race interior; show car exterior
Drivetrain
Engine Wegner Motorsports Inc. LS7 980 hp RHS Block and Head
Forced Induction Whipple twin-screw supercharger, Meziere Intercooler Pump
Engine Oil Royal Purple XPR Extreme Performance Racing Oil
Engine Oil Weight 5W30
Engine Extras Holley Fuel Injection System
Transmission Custom Tremec by Bowler
Transmission Oil Royal Purple Synchromax Manual Transmission Fluid
Rear End Manufacturer John’s Industries
Rear End Type 35 Spline 9" Ford
Drive Shaft Dynotech
Differential Oil Royal Purple Max Gear
Differential Oil Weight 70W90 SAE
Additional Details MAXFILM® Multipurpose Synthetic Lubricant
Steering
Type Rack and Pinion
Manufacturer Ford
Steering Column Ididit
Power Steering Fluid Royal Purple – Max-EZ Power Steering Fluid
Interior
Seats Custom by Ringbrothers
Upholstery Upholstery Unlimited
Gauges Classic Instruments Boost Gauge, Racepak gauge cluster
A/C System Vintage Air
Stereo System
Head Unit Pioneer
Speakers Kicker
Amplifier Kicker
Wheels and Tires
Wheel Manufacturer/Model HRE/Ringbrothers Recoil
Front Wheel Size 19x9.5
Rear Wheel Size 20x13
Tire Manufacturer/Model Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Front Tire Size 275/35/19
Rear Tire Size 345/30/20
Exterior
Paint Manufacturer BASF Glasurit Waterborne
Paint Color Sand Storm
Paint Booth Global Finishing Solutions Ringbrothers Performer Booth
Tail light lens AM Hot Rod Glass
Carbon fiber material Composite Envisions
Carbon fiber parts Gemini Racing
Fuel
Fuel Type 91 Octane
Fuel Pump Aeromotive
Fuel Tank/Cell Aeromotive
Fuel Management Aeromotive
Fluids Royal Purple Max-Clean Fuel System Cleaner & Stabilizer
Brakes
Front Manufacturer Baer
Front Caliper Specs 6R 6-Piston
Rear Manufacturer Baer
Rear Caliper Specs 6R 6-Piston
Electrical
Battery Location Trunk
Battery Manufacturer OPTIMA
Exhaust
Header Manufacturer Flowmaster
Header Details Customized by Ringbrothers
Exhaust Manufacturer Flowmaster Stainless
Cooling
Radiator AFCO
Fans SPAL
Fluids Royal Purple – Purple Ice Radiator Coolant Additive
Chassis
Chassis Roadster Shop Custom
Suspension
Front Suspension Manufacturer Roadster Shop
Front Suspension Type C5 Corvette Independent
Rear Suspension Manufacturer Roadster Shop
Rear Suspension Type 4-Link
Shock Manufacturer AFCO
Sway Bars Roadster Shop

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