The Stage II package consists of all the previously mentioned upgrades, along with CNC-ported LS3 cylinder heads, a Nickey-spec cam ground by Competition Cams, a FAST intake, and exhaust system. That car is rated at 600 hp.
"Or we can get there with power adders like the addition of an either a Procharger or Magnusen supercharger to the factory LS3 engine, aka "Stage IIS." We are also currently in the process of developing a turbocharged package with our strategic partners from Naperville, Illinois' Finish Line Performance (FLP), which will be known as the Stage II-T," Bimbi explained.
"Of course, we're most excited about the Stage III Nickey 427 Super Camaro SS which is powered by a 707hp Carl Wegner Motorsports-prepared GM LS7 engine, the same engine as used in the Corvette Z06. Internally, it features a cast-aluminum block with steel six-bolt-main bearing caps and a Calles forged-steel crank. Bore size is 4.125 inches and the stroke is 4.00 inches. The Nickey 427 Camaro SS also makes use of a set of Howard's connecting rods, while a set of 11.0:1 compression forged aluminum JE pistons are used. A proprietary grind Competition Cams roller cam is also an integral part of this combination.
The LS7's Wegner/CNC-ported "specific pattern "cylinder heads feature 70 cc combustion chambers with 2.20-inch diameter Del West titanium intake and 1.61-inch diameter Del West titanium exhaust valves. The valvetrain on these engines consists of CHR 1.75-ratio roller rocker arms, Manley Performance springs and keepers, and a set of CNC billet-aluminum "NICKEY CHICAGO" valve covers complete with Nickey coil pack "stands."
At this writing, it should also be noted that Nickey Chicago is currently in the developmental stages of both a supercharger and turbocharger option for the 427 Stage III, with the goal being no less than 1,000 hp.
Backing up Nickey Chicago's prototype-serial number 001-is a Viper-style Finish Line Performance Tremec T56 six-speed Hurst shifted transmission utilizing a Ram Automotive dual-disc clutch. A high performance six-speed automatic version is also available and in the development process.
Rear end gearing in the '10 Nickey 427 Super Camaro SS fully independent coilover strut rear suspension is the stock 3.45:1 (stick), or 3.42:1 (automatic) although with the 427 engine plans call for the substitution of a set of 4.10s once available.
And speaking of suspensions, a special Pedders-Nickey coilover strut high performance suspension system is another one of the much-desired Nickey options. Those "Nickey Specific" 20x10 front/20x11rear five-spoke wheels are from MHT Wheels-complete with "Nickey Chicago" centercaps. Tires come in the form of set 275/40 front, and 305/35 rear Nitto Invo high-performance radials. Bimbi claims a Pedders-equipped car will better a stock SS around the track at Autobahn Raceway in Illinois by over seven seconds per lap and pull over 1g on the skidpad. These are heady claims that we hope to be able to verify via instrumented testing. The 427 car on these pages was hampered by clutch/driveline issues and only ran a 12.57/112.50 at the strip, hardly indicative of its potential. Once fully developed, Bimbi expects the Nickey 427 Super Camaro SS to be a bona fide 10-second machine.