OK, we get it. The fifth-generation Camaro is a fatty and it has big wheels. As much fun as it was (is) to whine about all the new heft the government makes the Camaro lug around, it is much more fun to find a way around it. After all, that's the fun of hot rodding, isn't it? With just a couple thousand miles on the clock, Terry and Helen Angell's Camaro wasn't ready for any major horsepower upgrades, so we decided it would be the right time to change the torque converter, add some sticky tires, and go see what their 2010 could do with a couple of proven driveline modifications.
Our first call was to Precision Industries, to order one of its brand-new fifth-gen-specific torque converters. Since this Camaro is still driven daily, we wanted to stay subtle, and Precision agreed, building us a 2,800-stall, which would help get us in the powerband quicker, while still being easily driveable on the way to work in the morning. Converter in hand, we knew that the stock 20-inch street tires would have a hard time providing traction, so Nitto was more than happy to send us a pair of its 275/40/20 NT555R drag radials, a tire that allows us to keep the stock wheels and gain a huge advantage at the starting line. With all the parts in our grubby little hands, we handed everything over to Geoff Skorupa and Ty Sochaki at Next Level Performance to handle the installation, but not before swinging by BMR Fabrication to pick up some of its new trailing arms. At first we weren't sure what the big deal was, but upon seeing the stock units, we understood the possible advantage of installing a much stiffer boxed unit. Follow along as we watch the Next Level Performance team install our new driveline parts, and check out the new track times, with and without the drag radials.