2000 Chevy Camaro SS - Street Smarts

This Six-Speed 800hp Camaro Is A Terror On The Street.

Tommy Lee Byrd Feb 1, 2010 0 Comment(s)
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Atop the block is a FAST intake manifold, which has been port-matched by Chuck Graham and fitted with a 90mm Nick Williams throttle body. Fuel delivery starts with a Walbro pump, which feeds the 42-pound injectors, while ignition is handled by the stock coil packs. Outgoing air flows through a set of Kooks 17/8-inch headers and 4-inch exhaust before it enters the Dynomax mufflers.

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Once the engine was ready to fire, Jonathan took the car to Scott Bowen at In Tune Motorsports for dyno tuning, where it put down 503 hp and 492 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels. Jonathan's dyno pulls were on the motor alone, but his not-so-secret weapon is a Nitrous Express dual-nozzle fogger system. It's built for a 300hp shot, but Jonathan generally runs a 250hp shot, so there's no doubt his mill makes over 800 hp at the flywheel.

With that kind of power, most folks would build a bulletproof automatic transmission, but Jonathan enjoys the challenge of a manual. He actually converted the car to an automatic, but switched back to the six-speed not long afterward. The current transmission is a Six Speeds Incorporated Stage 3 model, and power application is controlled by a Textralia twin-disc clutch.

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Visually, Jonathan's Camaro is impressive, simply because of its cleanliness and aggressive stance. The bright red paint is in great shape, even as it approaches the ten-year mark, and the blacked-out taillight panel is the only modification so far. Inside, Jonathan kept it simple, only adding a few gauges and an Auto Meter tach to keep him in the know. The stock Ebony leather is still in great shape, and Jonathan added a really cool armrest for the backseat passenger-even if it is only a nitrous bottle.

Jonathan is having a blast driving his Camaro on the street, but if he chooses to make a few more changes, the car will be ready for the track. It doesn't have a roll cage or safety harnesses, aside from the factory equipment, so a half-throttle pass would get him run off from even the most lenient of drag strips. Jonathan says a cage and harnesses are the next modifications on the list.

This car will belong to Jonathan's son, Brett, in another decade or so, but we're sure it'll have a new combination by then. If Brett is anything like his father, he won't be afraid to squeeze off a 300-shot while shifting gears and fighting the wheel. For now, Jonathan will remain the primary driver, and have a little fun while the kids are young.

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