Out here on the West Coast we have a burger joint chain called In-N-Out. Great eats and they are known for having a very simple menu. But, unbeknownst to most patrons, there’s a secret menu where you can hot rod your stock burger and fries order. When Houston resident Ali Zainel went shopping for a new ride he wasn’t satisfied with what was on Chevrolet’s menu of performance options so he hit up Late Model Racecraft (LMR) for a little something special with the order.
In culinary terms, LMR spiced up Ali’s 2016 SS big time. Their first task was popping out the stock 6.2L LT1 and blowing it apart for a full rebuild. The bores were massaged out to 4.070 inches and the addition of a 4.000-inch Callies Dragonslayer crank resulted in an increase to 416 cubes. Rounding out the rotating assembly was a set of custom Wiseco pistons, which helped drop the compression of the direct-injected stroker to 10.5:1. A Melling pump was added to handle oiling duties and LME ported out the already high-flowing GM heads.
An LMR custom camshaft was added as their version of secret sauce, and while they were mum on the specs it was tailored specifically for boost. Yep, we said boost, and it came in the form of a ProCharger F-1A 9-inch centrifugal supercharger. Capable of producing over 1,100 hp and spinning to 74,000 rpm, its max boost level of 38 psi was more than enough to wake up the already potent LT1. The blower is fed fuel via an LMR custom LT4 system and cooled by a ProCharger intercooler made specifically for the new Gen-6 Camaro. Exhaling through a set of 2-inch American Racing long-tube headers, the Camaro slapped down 882 rear-wheel horsepower and 747 lb-ft of twist at only 13 psi on 93-octane pump gas. Helping nail down these power levels on pump petrol was thanks to the addition of a Nitrous Express Stage 2 boost controller. Except for a McLeod RXT clutch to handle the inevitable hard launches, the rest of the SS is bone stock. Although, for looks, the factory rollers were ditched and replaced with Chevrolet Z/28 wheels wearing front Goodyear F1 tires and rear 315/30-20 drag radials for traction. The result is a Gen-6 Camaro that looks like all the others on the menu, but is actually specially prepared for someone who likes their ride a bit more animal style.