Feel the power." At least, that's what it says in the instruction manual of our new Hypertech power programmer. But let's not get too far ahead of our story.
Several weeks ago I found myself surfing the Web, and during all this information highway travel, I happened to come across several F-body clubs, Web sites, and organizations. I was pleasantly surprised to learn just how many active nationwide clubs are out there. And even more, I didn't realize how many of these clubs and organizations have an active member's roster where owners can post the latest and greatest improvements on their F-bodies. It sure would seem that the Internet is growing in leaps and bounds as a place were gearheads can gather and exchange information. Being an F-body owner myself, I gravitated towards these sites and spent many hours looking at some high-tech hot rods. I noticed that in their quest for speed, many Fourth-Gen Camaro owners have listed the Hypertech Power Programmer among their many technical improvements. I admit, curiosity bit and I just had to see if simply reprogramming your car's onboard computer can really make a difference.
Well, it just so happens that staff member Dakota Wentz recently purchased a Fourth-Gen `95 Camaro Z28. And while the car has a couple of mods already under its belt, we figured that tweaking the car's pre-OBD-II computer would be a great way to add a little more performance.
So with that in mind, we decided to join the ranks of other Fourth-Gen F-body owners and give the Hypertech programmer the shakedown. A half an hour after plugging in the programmer, we were done. Strange, it hardly seemed like work at all. Just like the instructions say, plug it in and you're ready to "feel the power." Okay, let's do just what it says.
After pushing the easy-to-navigate controls, we unleashed the Codeman onto the world with his new ride, and after a couple of days of sitting in traffic with the occasional mashing of the throttle pedal, Dakota came through the office door with a huge smile on his face. While he didn't have any hard horsepower numbers to tell us, his seat-of-the-pants experience was all it took to confirm that his car was running better and stronger, and all because of a few buttons being pushed.