As much as we love the new Camaro, GM hasn’t exactly made it easy to turn the production cars into ballsy drag racers. The problem isn’t that the Camaro doesn’t make enough power, but rather that the new Camaro weighs in at over two tons. It’s a heavy beast, quite frankly, and all that weight works against going fast. It takes a whole lot of down-low grunt to get these Camaros going.
Luckily, Livernois Motorsports knows what they are doing. When it comes to big power drag machines. Their latest effort is a 2010 Camaro SS that has been rebuilt from the ground up and now runs in the 9’s with ease.
Though the Camaro SS left the factory with a 6.2 liter (379 cubic-inch) small-block, Livernois gave this blood red beast a 419 cubic-inch stroker engine built for forced compression. Livernois then topped it off with a Kenne Bell 3.6 liter supercharger, nearly double the stock horsepower to 780 ponies at the rear wheels. At the crank, that number is likely over 900.
But as we already said, the Camaro has a lot of weight to heft around. Even so, this Livernois-built badass was able to run a 9.96 at 142 mph. That’s impressive for any car, even moreso when it is otherwise a street spec, full-weight Camaro. At 4,100 plus pounds, it isn’t exactly a lightweight, nor should it be. The term “muscle car” evokes a big, brawny bruiser, and this Livernois-built Camaro fits the bill.