A Roto-fab cold air intake provides extra flow, and a pair of Dynatech 1 7/8-inch headers manage the spent fuel and rush it through a Magnaflow X-pipe exhaust system. To bite off a few decibles and keep peace in Rick’s South Orange County neighborhood, it’s topped off with a set of Magnaflow Comp Series mufflers.
The stock Tremec TR6060 six-speed trans remains, but Rick wisely trashed the standard single-disc clutch in favor of a more capable Centerforce Twin-Disc system installed by 2 Edge Performance (Costa Mesa, California).
Rick attributes much of the car’s road course success to the Hotchkis bolt-on handling goodies, which include an aluminum chassis brace, front strut tower brace, sport sway bars and endlinks, and 1-inch lowing springs on all four corners. It also sports a full set of Energy Suspension poly bushings.
It takes an ensemble effort to bring all that portly fifth-gen muscle to a hurried stop at just about any speed, so Baer 6S six-piston calipers and 15-inch plates were called to duty. Greg Foster of Industrial Motoring did the wrenching.
Pirelli P-Zero rubber (275/45 R20 up front and 305/40 R20 in the rear) wrap around a set of black powdercoated Axiom AX 601 wheels (20x9 front, 20x11 rear). It’s an effective and stylish blend of function meeting form where handling and performance are the major players in this game.
With a good portion of the interior featuring the GM’s assembly line offerings, Frazier Auto Upholstery in Anaheim, California, stitched the custom leather Katzkin seat covers, and a Hurst short-throw shifter with a Hurst T-handle shifter is at the ready for quick-decision gear changes. Besides, it just looks cool.
Rick takes pride in the fact that his ’10 hot rod carries a one-off paint scheme of his own design. Robert Dipietrantinio at 3D Customz handled the bodywork and prepped a canvas to accept the PPG Aqua Blue Metallic and black with blue pearl laid down by William Wipperman at Prestige Auto Collision. Wipperman also penned the graphics that set this late-model SS apart from the masses.
Carbon fiber is the latest hot rod drug, so Rick pushed a Seibon piece as the hood of choice. An IVS front and rear spoiler, rear diffuser, and Street Scene Equipment side skirts frame up the aggressive scene, while a T-Rex Phantom grille announce the Camaro's ability to pounce at a moment's notice.
It’s been said a million times over that history repeats. And if you buy into the adage, then the fact that Rick plans to replace the LS3 with an LSX, only confirms that a true hot rodder’s appetite to go faster will never be fully satisfied, or ever understood, by those who haven’t given in to the muscle car addiction.
Rick Andrade is living proof that there is no cure, twelve-step program, or skin-toned arm patch to curb the urge for speed. Besides, that would just create a breeding ground for slower e.t’s. And who has time for that?