24th Sep2012

Underdog

by Michael Chandler

Say you’re out one night, driving around in your whatever it is. You pull up next to a black Cobalt at a traffic light. You look over and you see a skinny kid behind the wheel, and he has a grin on his face. Perplexed, and angered, you slide it into first and wait for the light to change.

Green light.

You both take off. He’s right there with you. Into second, and he’s still there. Then he starts pulling away. Try as you might you aren’t catching him. Until the next light. And there he is, grin and all. This is what happens when you meet 300whp and 400lb/ft crammed in to an unassuming package.

 

Does Nick, the guy who owns this Cobalt SS, do this? Beats me, but it made for a good intro for this story. While the events might not be true, the numbers this thing lays down are. At JDP Motorsports it put down 304whp and 405lb/ft of torque. And it didn’t take a lot to get there.

 

Starting with a stock Cobalt SS, Nick added a chunk of the ZZP Performance catalog to the engine bay. The OEM charge pipes went in the dumpster, along with the catted downpipe and the intercooler. ZZP pieces replaced all of them. Behind that catless downpipe is a three inch straight pipe exhaust, which sounds so very mean. A ZZP blowoff valve relieves pressure from the stock turbo, and a K&N Typhoon intake feeds air to that hair dryer. JDP Motorsports strapped it to their dyno and worked their tuning magic on the Ecotec.

 

The only things on the exterior of this car that would lead you to believe that you’re dealing with anything beyond an econobox are the front mount intercooler, the eyelids, the Brembo calipers and the gold, 9.75” wide XXR 527’s.

 

This thing is very understated. And even listening to it you wouldn’t think it’s about to blow your doors off. Tommy didn’t. Then Nick offered to take Trent, Tommy and myself on some 2nd gear pulls. Sh*t gets real when this thing hits the top of 2nd. Tommy stopped calling it a Slobalt after his ride.

 

So if you ever pull up next to a black Cobalt SS coupe on gold XXRs with a skinny kid behind the wheel, you might want to think twice about racing him. You wouldn’t want to be embarrassed by a Slobalt would you?

Words and Photos by Michael Chandler

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24th Oct2011

2001 Camaro SS: A Lasting Legacy

by Michael Chandler

F-Body Camaro CAMautoMag

Forty-four years ago Chevrolet, blindsided by the runaway success of Ford’s Mustang, debuted the Camaro. For thirty-five years they battled on drag strips, from stop light to stop light and on road courses across America. But then in 2002 Chevrolet pulled the plug on the Camaro. Thankfully they built Billy Moody’s 2001 Camaro SS (#1469) before putting the car on an eight year hiatus.

Camaro SS Corvette Wheels

This F-Body, for lack of a better word, is awesome. Everything that made the car good in stock from, has been made better by Billy’s modifications. Modifications that aren’t limited to making the car a drag machine. This thing can handle! This new found ability to turn has been helped by Bilstein shocks and Strano springs at all four corners. Strano also provided the hollow sway bars that are at either end of the car.

Billy tapped the massive catalog of BMR Suspension for a healthy amount of the suspension. The A-arms, panhard bar, lower control arms, and cross member have been replaced with BMR units. They also provided relocation brackets to help keep everything in line. However, most of these you don’t see. You do however see the bright red UMI sub frame connectors. A SLP Strut tower bar (also bright red) helps stiffen up the front portion of the chassis. Speaking of the New Jersey based muscle car part powerhouse…

 LS1 Intake

They are the makers of the intake that brings fresh air into the LS1 laying under the hood of the SS. Also providing power adders are MAC Performance, via their long tube headers, and Borla’s adjustable cat-back exhaust. The whole organization is orchestrated by the ECU tune Billy got from Tuned By Frost.

4th Gen Camaro SS

 Camaro Borla Exhaust

Outside there’s not much to differentiate this black SS from another, aside from the red subframe connectors. The wheels are C6 Corvette pull offs, wrapped in sticky Toyo rubber. Behind the shiny, shiny five spoke wheels are drilled and slotted rotors. Like I said, nothing to draw much attention aside from the subframe connectors…and that distinctive Chevy V8 rumble.

 2001 Chevy Camaro

Chevrolet re-introduced the Camaro in 2010, but it was an entirely new beast with new engine and transmission packages and a new platform. Billy’s Camaro stands as a tribute to the thirty-five year legacy the F Body Camaros left.


Words and photos by Michael Chandler, Video by Trent Bray

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11th Aug2010

Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: 2010 Camaro SS with 912WHP

by Trent

Many things come to mind when you hear a Camaro crank over it’s motor and stumble to life. I have heard many, many Camaro’s start up and rev their motor, but I was not prepared to hear Aric’s Camaro. This is no ordinary 2010 Camaro SS, it looks stock, it has Air Conditioning, it has bluetooth, and it has a motor transplant that makes grown men weak in the knees. (more…)