As a Super Chevy reader, you are well aware of the potential lurking in the first-generation Camaros. They have been a staple on every dragstrip across the country and now are starting to tear up the autocross courses. If you want to build a Camaro that is well-suited for quickly navigating corners the rear leaf spring set up should be replaced with a better system. There are multiple options out there, but Total Cost Involved Engineering's torque arm rear suspension is the latest thing on the market.
TCI president Sal Solorzano stated, "We designed the torque arm rear suspension to eliminate the suspension bind that occurs when cornering using the stock conventional leaf spring suspension. The torque arm features a slider on the front of the arm that slides fore and aft and rotates as the car goes through suspension travel, thus allowing the car's handling to be controlled by the coilover shocks and the rear sway bar with no suspension binding variables. The kit allows for a lower stance, great rear axle control and dramatically improved handling."
Even as sophisticated as the torque arm setup is, it's still a bolt-in installation. No floor mods are required, though you will have to drill a few dozen holes. These holes will be used to firmly integrate the suspension into the bottom of your Camaro. The only real thing that can pose extra work is welding on some tabs to a 9-inch housing, but they do offer pre-modded housings for those who don't want to break out the welder.
As for how it works, we recently saw the red '68 Camaro in action at the Super Chevy Show in Las Vegas. The car turned in some very quick autocross times with Mary Pozzi behind the wheel and her driving impression is featured at the end of the story. The point is, this system works and was proven to everyone watching.