Up to and through the end sweeper, the Camaro offered great turn-in, was balanced over the hump, and then easily positioned for corner exit. Power was easy to modulate and in the left-right-left power element, lifting off the throttle transferred weight letting me slide to the apex and on down the course. The power was adequate and meshed well with the other systems for this Camaro. Global West did a great job with this car. Driving it was easy and pegged my grin-meter after each run. - Mary Pozzi
Driver's Impression - On the Street
Sometimes, a short drive on surface streets can raise more questions than it answers. This car had a lot going for it, but there were two unknown factors after I cruised the greater Irvine, California, area in this puppy. There was a lot to like, but I wasn't crazy about the steering, which had a dead spot on center. Also, the steering feel got lighter as you went faster, though it was accurate. The ride was slightly firmer than some of the other entries and I was anxious to see how this would translate when it came to actual performance numbers. "This car definitely feels like it's got a lot of potential," is what we wrote in the test book.
This turned out to be quite an understatement as it out-performed the 2010 Camaro in every instrumented measure-slalom, skidpad and autocross. Call it game, set, match.
Yes, the ride was firm, but it was never harsh and gave the car a purposeful demeanor. The fat-wrap on the steering wheel and excellent cloth Recaro seats only amplified this. I might be tempted to swap out the clutch for something a little lighter and trade in the shifter-it liked to go into fifth when you wanted third. Other than this, it was a thrill to drive. Amazing what can be accomplished with simple parts.
Global West '71 Camaro Z28 Specs Engine Type: Built Gen I LT-1 Small-block 355 cid Block: Stock iron Fuel Delivery: Demon 750 carb, Edelbrock Air Gap intake
Drivetrain Transmission: Tremec TKO 600 five-speed Clutch: Centerforce Dual Friction 10.5 inch diameter Rearend: GM 12-bolt, 3.73 gears, Auburn differential with posi
Chassis Suspension Steering: Delphi 670 steering box Front Suspension: Global West 1-inch lowering springs, Global West A-arms Spindles: stock GM Front Shocks: re-valved Koni Front Sway Bar: Stock GM Rear Suspension: Global West, 1.5-inch lowering springs Rear Shocks: re-valved Koni Rear Sway Bar: None Front Brakes: Wilwood aluminum factory replacement calipers, stock rotors Rear Brakes: '85 IROC Camaro aluminum drums
Wheels & Tires Wheels: Vintage Wheel Works Vintage 45, Front - 17x9.5, Rear 17x11 Tires: Nitto NT05 Front - 275/40ZR17, Rear - 315/40ZR17