04th Jul2018

A Totally American Car: 1991 GT bodied Lamborghini Diablo

by Michael Chandler

Sometimes good things just fall into your lap.  Chad’s ’91 Diablo is one of those things.

 

In the year of our lord, 1990, some crazy Italians using Chrysler’s money made the most glorious door stop shaped supercar to ever grace the earth: the Diablo.  Powered by a 5.7L, quad cam, fuel injected V12, the Diablo was absolutely mental.  It made 485 horsepower, and 428 lb/ft of torque.  All of that meant the glorious wedge hit 0-60 in 4.5 seconds, and topped out at 202 mph.

It was also utterly insane.  For reasons beyond comprehension, the Diablo came with a dog leg five speed manual gearbox.  What does dog leg mean?  It means that first gear is left and down instead of up.  You see this on things like the Mercedes 190E Cosworth, and other homoligation specials, not this high dollar beast.  Also, some of the cars had a SUPER tall cowl over the gauge cluster, making it a bit of a challenge for people not sitting on a stack of pillows.

Oh, Anti-lock Brakes, traction control, power steering, and airbags were non-existent on the early cars.

Mercifully, Chad Balloon white car has had a host of stuff from a later Diablo.  Specifically the 99-01 six liter cars.  It has the updated gauges, and seats.  Oh, and one other minor thing.

That sweet ass Diablo GT body!  Available only for 1999, the Diablo GT was there for 80 lucky people who wanted to die like heroes try their hand at racing.  The body is wider than the standard Diablo, has lots of carbon fiber, and had lights in different places.  And being from later car, it also had one key difference from the 1991 car it has been grafted on to.

NISSAN HEADLIGHTS!  Yes, the face lift cars ditched the pop-ups of the early cars and went with fixed headights.  Those headlights happened to be the same ones you’d find on the ’89-96 Nissan 300ZX.  It’s not a knock on Lamborghini, just a fun little tidbit that YOU’LL NEVER BE ABLE TO UNSEE!

It stops as well as it goes, what with the massive Pirelli rubber on all four corners and the giant Brembos.

Chad has been going in depth with this car on his Instagram, and has some cool videos on his YouTube channel.  Check them out, and you can hear this thing in all of its V12 glory.

Here’s a gallery

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21st Sep2017

CAMcast: Do We Like The New Camry?

by Dave Rawley

Hello and welcome to this episode of the CAMcast!  I have a question for you: What happens when one host is in France and the other has been missing for months?  You get Dave and Mike running through the agenda!  And they go off on weird tangents…  But they do talk about some stuff:

  • The Singapore Gran Prix was interesting for a few minutes
  • McLaren and Honda’s break up is weird, and bigger than them
  • We could see French things aside from Gavin!
  • Will we see a 300C Hellcat?
  • Adventures in midsized sedans

And of course your emails, social media comments and questions, and we even get a text!  Thank you for listening!  If you haven’t yet, subscribe, rate, and comment on this podcast on wherever you get this thing.  Check out the site for more awesome content, follow us on social media, and buy a shirt or seven!  We’ll be back next week with more audiological shenanigans!

Music, as always, by Mathusaworm.  Check them out!

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01st Jun2012

The Gentleman’s Hot Rod: 426 Hemi Chrysler 300C

by Trent

fatchance 2.0 Hemi 300C“Holy $#!* that sounds awesome!” Nick exclaimed as we walked up to see John’s Chrysler 300. He wasn’t exaggerating either, the Mopar exhaust on this thing set the tone for the photo shoot. I’d been waiting since November to get a chance to shoot this car. I spoke to John about his car at the SEMA Show, and this was the first time our schedule’s aligned.

fatchance 2.0
By the time I could park my car, a group of teenagers had gathered around the car to ask questions. This thing gets attention EVERYWHERE. We then hopped in the car and toured through John’s hometown of Huntington Beach, CA. The re-done interior is a comfortable place to be as we cruise down the PCH to the photo shoot location. We begin to talk about the car you see here, fatchance 2.0 and the first iteration fatchance 1.0.


You see, John is a pivotal member in the LX(Charger, 300, Magnum) Community as he hosts Spring Fest, a gathering of LX vehicles every year and in previous years he has shown off his newest mods on his original Chrysler 300. Well Chrysler took notice of the attention he was getting and approached him with the idea of building the gentleman’s hot rod.

426 Hemi Chrysler 300C
300C on the PCH
The starting point was a 2011 Chrysler 300C with the 5.7L Hemi V8. Not a bad starting point, but things were kicked up a notch with an aluminum 426 cubic inch Mopar crate motor with a powder coated intake manifold. This gave the beast the power boost it needed to take on the bravest of cars. Mopar also supplied the Cold-Air Intake, fuel rails, strut tower bar, and Cat-back exhaust. As if that wasn’t enough, they added a 3.91 rear gear set for good measure. Despite a conservative tune right now, it will still throw you into your seat back!

426 Mopar crate motor
LX 300C at the beach
Most cars we shoot have the looks that kill, but also the ride from hell. Not so, here. What car would properly crane necks without the right stance? Universal Air stepped in and put an air ride system on it before most dealers even got to see the 2011 Chrysler 300. Accuair provided the air management system with their E-Level remote. This thing rides smooth and lays flat out when parked making fatchance 2.0 the first bagged 2011 Chrysler 300.

Bagged Chrysler 300 at the beach
The car sets itself over a set of USW Forged Uprise wheels measuring 22×9.5″ up front and 22×10.5″ out back wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires. The lips on the rear seem to stretch to the middle of the car. And filling in those wheels are SUV-sized Brembo 6-piston calipers and 15″ rotors. The rear rocking an equally massive 14″ rotor and 4-piston caliper.

FC 2.0 300
The body kit was designed by Xenon specifically for this car and Lanzini Bodyworks applied the white hue. Rounding out the modifications is a plethora of Billet Technology underhood pieces, BF Xenon foglights, Samco Silicone hoses, and Hilco Fasteners. Nothing was left untouched on this car in pursuit of perfection. The result, a car in it’s own class.

Hemi 300 driving
Chrysler 300C Airbag setup
Special thanks to John, and to Nick for helping me out on this shoot. John would like to thank Brett, his build partner.

Slammed Chrysler 300
fatchance interior

Words, Photos, and Video by Trent Bray

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08th May2012

Rally Sport Direct Eat, Greet & Swap Meet

by Michael Chandler

It was that time of year for Rally Sport Direct to conquer their street and let their customers, fans, well wishers, and people who wanted pizza to come and hang out.  This is a big draw every year, and thankfully RSD’s neighbors let them use their respective parking lots.  Everything from Hondas to Mazdas to Nissans and even a Chrysler 300C SRT8 came to join the Subaru and Mitsubishi faithful.  Check out the gallery, and check out the meet next year if you’re in town!

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-Michael Chandler

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