The rear geometry has been fitted with Hotrods To Hell hardware as well, including its Centerdrive Truckarm system with custom coil springs and QA1 dampers. Resembling the stuff you’d see in NASCAR, the Hotrods To Hell rear geometry lends exceptional cornering ability to the Camaro, making the most of its simple design. The Truckarm design is also equally capable for drag racing; its ability to move the instant center where it can create maximum bite is hard to achieve with other designs. But perhaps best of all is the Truckarm’s relatively gentle ride—a far cry from the wagon-like behavior of most full-on race cars. Considering live-axle technology is a century old, that’s not too shabby.
Circle Wheels built the custom forged hoops, which are both strong and light. Like many of
Tim commissioned a special set of Circle Wheel wheels based on a forged blank and crafted into 9x17 and 11.5x17 rollers fore and aft. Weighing a paltry 18 pounds each, this running gear eliminates a sizable chunk of rotating mass and helps keep unsprung weight to a minimum. They wear BFGoodrich gForce tires measuring 275/45R17 in front and 315/40R17 aft. Those sizable chunks of rear rubber are spun with a Speedway Engineering GN Super Speedway floater rearend equipped with posi and 3.20 gearing. Obviously the rear fenders have been tubbed to accommodate such meats. The Camaro's spindles are custom Sweet 5-on-5 units hung with Howe lightweight aluminum hubs. The front brakes are based on Wilwood's GT calipers that grip 12.1-inch ventilated rotors with their Dynalite units anchoring the rear. "Hotrods To Hell took extreme care to remove as much unsprung weight as possible," Tim says. "The car is designed to handle high-speed corners and the occasional 'whoopsy-do' over long, fast pavement. The less mass you carry, the faster you can go."
Under the revised sheetmetal hood rests a gorgeous Donavan D500 tall-deck big-block Chevy built by Hotrods To Hell. Filled with a Lunati crank and rods and custom cut JE pistons, the motor’s entire rotating mass was balanced and blueprinted to perfection by the folks at Eddings Engine in Sylmar, California. Boasting 540 ci of displacement, the all-aluminum mill includes a CamMotion cam featuring a Hotrods To Hell custom profile. Bits from Isky and COMP Cams comprise the roller rocker valvetrain while Dart Pro 1 CNC 345 heads flank each side. A Hilborn electronic fuel injection system provides fuel with an MSD igniting the juice at 32 degrees total timing. The Camaro features a Moroso dry-sump oiling system to ensure oil is delivered during high-load situations.
The guys at Morse Muffler in Burbank, California, fabbed a free-flowing custom exhaust beginning with 2.25-inch primary headers and terminating in a setup that appears on only the coolest Hot Wheels cars. Tim warned us numerous times to watch our shins as the monstrous side pipes get "quite warm." It didn't help, and we were rewarded with a nifty branding scar as a memento of the photo shoot.
The Donovan engine was designed to be happiest in the upper reaches of the tachometer with a very flat torque curve. “The power this thing makes is incredible,” Tim says, “and it sure beats anything with forced induction.” Sporting 13:1 compression, the mighty Donovan produces in excess of 800 hp. No fancy turbo, no blowers nor nitrous oxide, just pure, unaltered horsepower.
Tim designed the cabin to include a pair of Sparco Corsa racing seats with RCI five-point harnesses. The dash has been fitted with a full complement of Auto Meter gauges and a FlameOut Halon fire suppression system.
For our photo shoot, Tim met us in a deserted parking lot high above Los Angeles in the mountains of San Bernardino. We heard him coming long before we saw him, a sound akin to the ripping of heavy-gauge canvas. Birds scattered, deer bolted, and rocks fell from the cliffs as he arrived, the Camaro’s light blue paint reflecting in the waning sun. “We’re going to have a shakedown run this weekend,” Tim says. “On paper, we should be well over 200 mph. We’ll see how that pans out.”