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2000hp 266mph BIG RED 1969 Camaro. The Greatest Pro Touring Car Ever Built?

Feb 27, 2020
welcome back to bill biology today we have a legendary car here that sparked quite a movement let's see what happens RJ hey high five john good to see you what did you bring today I brought a

1969

Chevy Camaro that is known as big red and it's a project my dad and I have been working on since 1987 so humble so humble this car is legendary and it's huge it's huge the space tell us more about it it's known for starting Pro Touring and it's known as number one Pro Touring Car originally what We put in the locker-era classic in Mexico and a lot of people weren't expecting much from it because it's just a 69 Camaro but we beat all the Ferraris and Lamborghinis and really made a name for ourselves. for the car and we actually went over 200 miles an hour and we were banned from that race and we started the Silver State Classic we were the record holders in that averaging 198 miles an hour over 96 miles dude really It started its life as a road race car right now I'll bring it to you and it's set up for top speed racing and this is what we'll do at Bonneville so what we run Mojave mile Texas mile we've had the car more The fastest it

ever

went in the Mojave Magnum was 260 6.2 miles per hour but we're also very proud of the fact that we put it in many different types of events Virginia City Hill Climb to Pikes Peak we did 1108 and we got to the top of the hill and we do a lot of the airport events like Texas smile like the Arkansas mile like Mojave we keep trying to push what we do with the car and you know trying new events and keep trying to ba pull new records we just got the record at Bonneville at 2:58 point we also want to go back we think we can actually make the car go even faster often found on the side of the road broken down and need tools but no way to load 'em up yeah ladies and gents orders $50 or more at hoonigan comm you'll get these roadside repair bags you can even put stuff in them too Pups go for roadside repair bags and animal transporters get theirs today pain and calm while supplies last all orders $50 or more sick so let's go for a spin around the outsides we've spent a lot of time on the front air dam you can see that's not available we actually carry it to wind tunnels and we tested it to get the shape right because that's a very important part there, how the air comes in and hits it and actually for this little girl to call da here makes the wind go around the tire yeah you could use these huge front tires it's a 315 yeah 335 back we've tried to keep all the little details on the car like the z28 and the Camaro we've been in the rain gutters, it really gives it value.
2000hp 266mph big red 1969 camaro the greatest pro touring car ever built
Look, the aerodynamics of the car make it challenging for the high-speed stuff that we do, but we make up for that as best we can, mainly with horsepower, but also by putting a special rear wing and little details like even this little ledge in the back can make a big difference to aerodynamics you can see we actually have a little bit of tweaking we can do obviously the more you put it the more you lift it the more traction you get at the rear , but the more it slows down. lower it so you know we'll try to lower it as low as we can for speed until it gets shaky more the shape of the rear of the car than the front and this is also for the top speed sign yes that's strictly for top speed stuff this is something that the hood you know the people at SCTA and Bonneville wanted us to put in just a stabilizer to try to keep it straight at high speeds and it has steel bumpers and it has double shots because when it's going that fast, yeah this is open to 250+ they'd like it to have two shots not just one case one misses and just having to slow you down a lot faster it's just not registering my chance as a fairway yeah it actually still has the VIN number and we still register it and we still pay for the registration and you know the tube chassis was

built

into the car that was bought as a 69 Camaro and it's still the same card from the p beginning.
2000hp 266mph big red 1969 camaro the greatest pro touring car ever built

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No, that's fair enough, so let's check out his office, so just to reinforce the windshield. Coming at me, they

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these very slippery braces in the middle and then, this is a Nascar design for a cage. But the difference really was, you know, we wanted the '69 Camaro, so he started with a '69 Camaro and then added the bars. This is really more of a custom Camaro than NASCAR styling. I think we covered the outside. On the inside, I think we're probably ready to go engine. Are you going to leave and you know that at this point I will turn you over to my team?
2000hp 266mph big red 1969 camaro the greatest pro touring car ever built
They really are the experts on all the details of this car which there are many and I've given them the story and enjoy amazing thank you so RJ came out and he was out of here Mark and Tim to talk about all the other stuff with the car, let's talk about reality and people will be very excited. about this to be honest its a unique carb from bourbon ik brothers carb shop run the correct powered pro charger thru a CD S unit that has like quick change shifters in the rear and thats how we will overdrive or sub we will drive the fan we always laugh when we say the carrier makes three pro chargers one can put a tennis ball in when you can put a baseball in and one that can wear as a hat we have the baseball so we still have room for grow if we need it and you say you can change the gear inside it by building a quick shifter set ar gears on it so we just have a box full of gear sets and what

ever

final drive we want on the blower we just swap the gear sets so no pulleys are changed, no pointed bell, no belts, nothing, the system ema fuel we have a thirteen and a half gallon Enderle pump belt driven mechanical pump a couple of Dave Ward custom built methanol tanks especially for the five miles at Bonneville we have done about 16 we ended up using about a nice five and a half five miles so we actually got some fuel economy in our class we drive with this setup right now we are not allowed any electronic engine management we can acquire all the data we want but nothing can control anything in the engine or the transmission which adds several arguments about so again Dave Ward the genius took a vacuum advanced manifold and backtracked it around a canister which is actually a boost manifold because as these things increase we need to take the timing off the engine and Dave came up with a distributor that actually times based on Boo's reference sh that sounds like street racer magic right there, it's like old school stuff, you know, i just mean, when you look at yourself, you just say, how does your brain work now? it's for the cooling system on this you'll notice there's no radiator we run methanol again to kill them they came up with this cam powered bar tri CD unit that runs mechanical KC tree pumps like you would see in a race car and the whole joy of this thing is there's 55 gallons of water in the trunk of this thing which is mind boggling that if the fuels are in the front because they only need five and a half gallons okay the 55 gallons i'll call it a tank today yeah because it's capable of holding 55 gallons of water it will pump water through the stuart electric pumps at the bottom of the tank here through the motor to the ksc pump the ksi will take it pass it by the engine and they'll bring it back here to the tank and that's ours the cooling is also a couple hundred pounds of ballast over the rear axle you know I know all these kids these days think burnouts are just king, p but we don't like to see tire smoke because that's mph that's taunting us 18:18 quarts of oil, you know, and dry sump system when this car transitions back into race mode in highway or open road race mode this bladder comes out of here and becomes a fuel cell so we have a couple of lines here that go up to the rocker panels to the engine right now they vent the fuel tanks when we go back to road racing mode which is a supply and they come back here so they come back here they go back to the tank up in the in the front they go back to injection inject multitasking yeah depending on what we're doing we try to make everything in this car do two things besides go fast i mean this car really can do anything it's a do everything car how many times we've been to places and people walk up to you a and see c How many of these cars actually have, there's only one, say a 555 displacement, 555 X-width and then generally by boost, how many compressions are running in the engine, how many CFM does a carb flow, or is this all top. secret things.
2000hp 266mph big red 1969 camaro the greatest pro touring car ever built
I am not willing to give that answer. I'll just tell you that it's a giant Dominator carb that's even had a little extra work done on it and we tried to get it to run between 17 and 23 pounds. It's probably done as much as 26 when we were, you know, throwing a Hail Mary at it anywhere between 1400 and 2000 horsepower depending on what we're doing and the track conditions and that kind of thing Wow Holly does all the managing data that does the racing package all the eg T and O two I run a flywheel for LA tt6 a terminator six that Karl has been working on with us since we bought it Oh point seven five overdrive and we really don't have to worry for changing transmissions well i think its time to put it on the lift and check what you are going through is basically a 1983 Trans Am car with a 69 steel body on the chassis its very straight forward double wishbone front coil rack-and-pinion with a forward-facing strut bar which point in time they were kind of a switch to Chevelle-type rear-steer cars, but because of the big block and setbacks or the engine there was no way to do it without getting in the way of the heads and stuff so it's a '69-up Ford style suspension it's a Ford style lower arm typical stock stock arm stuck its sway bar type and strut ride no room left on this car at all we have used every square inch of each place to put things but these are still the original 69 Camaro floor pans and this is the frame 2x3 rail from the Trans Am car so you can see it was cut and the body fit well the chassis was fully built and the body was split and placed on it the body is fully welded to it they are married deer dont come apart we have two different style transmissions for pikes peak speed and racing highway and straight speed stuff from the 80s 4l for much shorter speed ones this was more exotic because the transmissions further back like the driveshaft front fully enclosed and this is actually supported by the frame at the rear this style the rear suspension is very much a four link drag race style two bars going to each side one bar long panhard in the middle and if you notice here, here's the alternator back here.
Oh, because there is no in the front. we even realize that so far and we can see the time voltage go off start to pick up speed then start to load and just enough to keep the ignition on and then at the rear we still have our double adjustable Penske shocks with nitrogen canisters and we have Baer brakes on all four corner brackets they have been great great for us for years these are all 14 bikes and big 3/8 rotors all six piston calipers when we rebuilt them they came on board and I have been there since this is their second generation 6 piston and it was the first set they made and they were kind enough to put their name on the caliper we still use this lower style link we still use the brackets here mm- hmm but all three links are mounted here on top of the axle housing in this empty hole oh yeah and it comes back into this hole here so we have the stabilizer bar ra which we use in straight line setup and some road racing. combinations we can still use the same sway bar you can see the tailpipes are full length they go from the manifold along the back of the car or it helps this turbulence that's going on back here like it blows when this thing is running on boost you can't put your hand on it's power that 4000 lbs and this setup here 3600 w/driver 2 Road race we went to bonneville downshifting 4600 and when we come back in october we expect to be well finished 5600 this car actually will got into you want to talk about it when thecar gun caught fire in 2016.
I want to see us cry on camera. I mean it was heartbreaking because I remember seeing pictures on the internet from the only year after the car was back in service. Yes, for months it was. for months yeah for months we ran Mojave after the fire yeah and the fastest we had ever been before when it all happened we were all heartbroken and long faced and all those things throwing up fit exactly yeah because we didn't know why for rebuilding that and then the fire made a big mess on the car all the sheet metal is exactly the same except for the trunk lid but all these fenders all the balances the doors the roof everything stayed the same the fire made a big disaster Outside the car, the fire was caused by a fuel leak.
Our second engine was going through the dyno. They found the problem on the test bench. It was a small sheet metal stand. and it was given from this just the motor harmonics we don't know but it did the exact same thing in the exact same place needless to say it's not five six quarter inch bolts anymore they're all bumps welded through bolts and yeah now they're on cut instead of pull yeah instead of tension they're on double cut so four months later we went back to Mojave and broke our own record and this is what you see now.
We were very lucky that there wasn't much more damage than there was. To be honest you would never know if you look at this car right now and thank you very much for bringing this bike. This car really is. an icon that has influenced so many cars around the world everyone is so happy to see it everyone is glad they are moving on and yeah i look forward to the 300 300 300 miles per hour 300 like we say go go go go big now great great thank you guys for coming I appreciate it thank you very much traveling

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