Gen6 Camaro Wars
15- 01- 2016
As I previously reported, the Gen6 Camaro had been on the street less than a week before Russ Harrison had already run 10s. Well, Russ and the crew at B&R Performance certainly weren’t done. The 2016 Fireball Edition Camaro swapped to a set of ported heads, aftermarket cam and MSD Atomic intake to accomplish the same feat naturally aspirated. A 10.95 at 127mph on motor was impressive enough, but that was just a warm-up for what was about to come next. With a full bottle and the Nitrous Express kit armed, the LT1 giggled its way to a 9.91 at 138mph at Tulsa Raceway Park. Once again, Calibrated by Karger was responsible for tuning using HP Tuners software. With a few more tries, the crew whittled it down to a 9.83, but not without breaking an axle. Low 1.4-second sixty-foot times with Mickey Thompson drag radials were too much for the stockers.
Of course the folks at RPM Motorsports in Garner, NC weren’t going to let Russ have all the fun. RPM’s Gen6 Camaro shop car was loaded up with a similar combo – ported LT1 heads, Lingenfelter camshaft, Kooks headers and exhaust, MSD AirForce intake, Mickey Thompson drag radials mounted on Weld Racing wheels, and a Nitrous Outlet LT1 wet plate kit for good measure (also a 150-shot). On the dyno the combo made 500-rwhp and 451 lb-ft of torque on motor. Its first trip to Fayetteville Motorsports Park yielded a 10.00 at 137mph with a 1.54 sixty-foot. A week later the crew returned and the track was a bit stickier. RPM’s 2016 Camaro is right on Russ’s heals at 9.84 at 132mph. The sixty-foot was down to 1.48 with the automatic-equipped Gen6.
While the other two cars are looking to improve on those times and work their way to the 8s, Howard Tanner at Redline Motorsports has been working away on his Gen6 Camaro to skip all of those in-between steps. Redline’s Gen6 is the first to be turbocharged, thanks to a custom fabricated system with Comp turbos and a custom air-to-air intercooler. A TiAL wastegate, blow-off valve and AMS-2000 control boost. Using a stock motor with an MSD Atomic intake, the combo made 657hp and 633 lb-ft of torque on pump gas. But wait, there’s more! A stroker motor is already in the works for this bad boy, and Redline won’t rest until they are well ahead of the pack.