2010 Chevy Camaro ProCharger I-1 install

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When it comes to supercharged applications, there's only one word that comes to mind: incredible. A well-tuned supercharging system provides unlimited fun at the stab of the throttle—and folks, that's simply stating the real-world facts. If there's any drawback, it's having the ability to restrain yourself from wide-open throttle blasts to only when it's appropriate.

Recently, we got the inside scoop on ProCharger's latest i-1 system, which is an industry-first programmable-ratio supercharger with monster efficiency for maximum power. What does it all mean? For starters, you can have robust torque down low, while still carrying the horsepower figures through the upper rpm. Factor in the efficient impeller design and you get big power with cooler inlet temperatures. Adding to the list of firsts, the ability to control multiple settings lies within a finger's reach. Yeah, ProCharger went there and it's flat-out amazing.

We were pretty happy to discuss and check out the new i-1 supercharger in person, but then we got to take it a step further and place a factory stock 2010 Chevy Camaro test vehicle onto their Mustang Dynamometer chassis dyno. You can forget the high-octane race fuel or E85 for glorified peak numbers; no, we're talking a real-world evaluation on pump gas for everyday driving. At the end of the pulls, we saw a gain of 187 hp and 158 lb-ft to the rear wheels with just 7.5 pounds of boost!

ProCharger has really taken supercharging to the next level, and we're willing to bet the end users will absolutely dig it. The entire package is priced at $8,495 (MSRP street price will be lower) and it's an investment that'll keep the adrenalin meter pinned with an ear-to-ear grin. Read on for the cool details.

SEMA Recognition
If you were at the SEMA 2013 show in Las Vegas, then you would have caught a sneak peek at the i-1 supercharger; this is where we first got a glimpse of the system and started planning our trip to test it firsthand. We weren't the only ones impressed, as SEMA presented ProCharger a New Products runner-up plaque—this is out of 300-plus entries.


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To ensure we were feeding the 2010 Chevy Camaro with pump-gas petrol, we headed to the local station and filled it up with 93-octane.

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CEO Ken Jones did the honors of filling up the tank

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On the chassis dyno, the factory-stock 2010 produced 373 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque.

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Once the baseline numbers were in our hands, ProCharger’s Calibration Technician Ryan Galloway, with the help of Engineering Manager Cliff Hall, began installing the i-1 system.

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While this isn’t a detailed install piece, we wanted to go over the basics and showcase how easy it is. Under the hood, the factory air intake system was removed, including the fuel rails, for higher flowing fuel injectors.

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The power steering needed to be relocated, but ProCharger makes it easy with its 3/4-inch-thick brackets.

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With the front fascia removed, the large air-to-air intercooler fit right into place with no hassle.

Procharger Proflow Surve 10/25

ProCharger also supplies a trick bypass valve that mounts inline of the air-to-air intercooler system. These perform just like their ProFlo surge valve, however specialized for the i-1 system to protect against unintentional overboost.

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Let’s call this the black box of the i-1. Hall says, “The terminal block assembly acts as a junction block between the supercharger, its sensors, power, and the i-1 controller.” This is where all the wires from the controller in the cabin will mate up with this unit; these are all labeled for proper installation. On the opposite side, you have quick connects that lead from the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) motor, power, encoder wire, and a couple of speed sensor ports, including a slot for pre-OBD II vehicles. This allows for hardwiring the tach signal and pedal position.

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The standard kit comes with a three-switch selector to change between modes. For an additional $395 ($495 if purchased later), you can opt for the touch-screen controller that also reads a variety of parameters on the fly and displays the data in real time. And unlike the three-switch selector, the touch-screen controller has a port to allow for software upgrades and custom tuning uploads.

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One of our favorite features of the touch screen is the ability to log in with a pass code during initial startup; can you say valet mode for those dinner outings?

Naturally Aspirated i-1 Supercharger
RPM LB-FT HP RPM LB-FT HP PSI (boost)
1,950 269.15 98.86 1,950 266.27 97.32 1.3
2,050 270.59 104.43 2,050 276.32 106.74 1.8
2,150 271.96 110.12 2,150 288.40 116.90 2.6
2,250 272.63 115.38 2,250 295.07 125.01 3.5
2,350 273.97 121.07 2,350 311.05 137.41 4.4
2,450 273.94 126.83 2,450 327.77 151.38 5.1
2,550 276.60 133.17 2,550 342.94 164.75 5.6
2,650 278.80 139.55 2,650 357.95 178.06 6.1
2,750 280.74 145.68 2,750 373.97 193.86 6.7
2,850 284.03 152.55 2,850 385.18 206.22 7.0
2,950 284.28 158.43 2,950 398.78 221.76 7.3
3,050 285.43 164.69 3,050 405.45 232.73 7.4
3,150 285.92 170.18 3,150 410.08 242.99 7.5
3,250 287.89 176.89 3,250 410.38 251.23 7.6
3,350 288.15 182.39 3,350 413.25 260.09 7.6
3,450 288.13 187.76 3,450 417.18 271.45 7.6
3,550 289.66 194.34 3,550 416.99 278.40 7.6
3,650 289.74 200.05 3,650 419.84 289.31 7.6
3,750 290.81 206.62 3,750 425.33 300.73 7.6
3,850 293.93 214.32 3,850 429.77 312.32 7.6
3,950 298.03 222.97 3,950 435.54 324.51 7.5
4,050 302.69 232.03 4,050 444.59 340.52 7.6
4,150 307.64 241.56 4,150 449.32 351.65 7.6
4,250 311.28 250.37 4,250 457.20 367.47 7.6
4,350 312.15 257.25 4,350 459.30 376.97 7.6
4,450 313.10 263.98 4,450 461.34 387.77 7.6
4,550 314.34 271.15 4,550 464.41 399.25 7.6
4,650 318.15 280.32 4,650 471.43 413.58 7.6
4,750 320.88 288.84 4,750 478.94 429.77 7.6
4,850 323.47 297.08 4,850 483.77 442.95 7.5
4,950 324.75 304.48 4,950 485.43 453.88 7.5
5,050 327.16 312.90 5,050 482.21 459.45 7.4
5,150 327.42 319.92 5,150 476.27 463.95 7.5
5,250 327.46 326.04 5,250 477.29 472.84 7.5
5,350 325.89 330.81 5,350 477.18 483.00 7.6
5,450 324.25 335.21 5,450 476.17 490.52 7.6
5,550 324.29 341.39 5,550 472.91 497.12 7.6
5,650 322.84 346.15 5,650 473.12 505.49 7.6
5,750 320.37 349.60 5,750 471.46 513.67 7.6
5,850 319.41 354.67 5,850 464.67 514.34 7.6
5,950 319.28 360.60 5,950 463.49 521.58 7.6
6,050 315.02 361.92 6,050 464.48 532.47 7.6
6,150 312.78 365.45 6,150 466.00 542.40 7.5
6,250 309.09 366.71 6,250 463.32 549.20 7.5
6,350 305.66 368.59 6,350 463.15 557.04 7.5
6,450 304.83 373.49 6,450 458.75 560.30 7.5


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Naturally aspirated, the 2010 Chevy Camaro laid down a respectable 373 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque.

2010 Chevy Camaro Procharger I 1 Dyno 15/25

Once the i-1 was installed, peak numbers jumped to 561 hp and 485 lb-ft of torque; that’s a gain of 187 hp and 158 lb-ft on pump gas.

Procharger I 1 Display Screen 16/25

The touch-screen also offers a slew of layouts with your choice of areas to monitor and data log. You can arrange the display for a single or multiple gauge view, and you also have your choice of a digital or analog display.

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Here’s an example of how you can monitor four parameters in the digital mode. Keep in mind, these are the areas we chose, and you can pick and choose others to suit your personal preference or needs.

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During our visit, the touch-screen was originally placed on the A-pillar. Since then, ProCharger now offers a new dash mounting location; it’s up to you where you want to place the touch-screen, but personally, we dig this location.

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The lower actuator houses the CVT motor, which slides the internal dry-hybrid belt and changes the ratio.

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The lower actuator houses the CVT motor, which slides the internal dry-hybrid belt and changes the ratio.

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With the lower housing exposed, you can see how the dry-hybrid belt rests inside. The belt is placed between the input and output shafts; as the CVT moves, the dry-hybrid belt moves side to side, enabling it to change the overall effective gear ratio, which ultimately controls the boost levels without having to physically change any external pulleys. If belt life is on your mind, we’ll go ahead and tell you ProCharger has already completed an extensive amount of R&D with well over 2,000 hours of run time; the results showed minimal wear, and rest assured we’re talking serious longevity.

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To keep internal temperatures at bay, the two lines shown here blow cold air into the housing from the air-to-air intercooler.

SEMA Recognition
If you were at the SEMA 2013 show in Las Vegas, then you would have caught a sneak peek at the i-1 supercharger; this is where we first got a glimpse of the system and started planning our trip to test it firsthand. We weren't the only ones impressed, as SEMA presented ProCharger a New Products runner-up plaque—this is out of 300-plus entries.


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There’s a lot packed into this compact package, and it has a unique ability to fit into a variety of applications. The compressor housing is adjustable and can be clocked nearly 270 degrees, while the lower actuator side can be rotated every 20 degrees. And don’t let its small demeanor fool you; this gem is good for 900 flywheel horsepower, placing it right behind ProCharger’s D-1SC supercharger.

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ProCharger is currently developing a system for C6 Corvettes, so let’s consider this a quick spy shot of things to come.

Sources

ProCharger
Lenexa, KS 66215
913-338-2886
www.procharger.com
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