Generally speaking, you want a half mile drag car to be slippery enough to hit high speed, but also have some decent stability from the aero and tires. What you don’t want, for example, is you fifth gen Chevy Camaro with an estimated 3,500 hp to suddenly snap sideways at the end of the run at 200 mph. If that sounds oddly specific, that’s exactly what happened to one Clark Rosenstengel, captured in a video by the YouTube channel 1320Video.
It started life as an average fifth generation 2010 Camaro, but the owner picked this one because it had an engine fire, lowering the costs and avoiding modifying a good example. The owner ended up ripping out the original engine in favor of a 525 cubic inch Steve Morris SMX Water Jacketed race engine. Crazier yet, he bolted on two 94 mm Garrett turbos.
Other than that, it looks like a relatively stock Camaro, save for a few exterior details. The front end has a full aero blocker, while a rear wing extends out back flat to provide stability. Then, of course, there are the front fender exit exhausts, and massive rear drag radials.
The first run is where things got a little squirrelly. The Chevy Camaro accelerated well, but caught a major twitch just after the speed trap that sent it sideways at 200 mph. The car snapped just as the parachutes unfurled, which probably saved Rosenstengel from a far more severe outcome. Managing wheelspin in a vehicle with an estimated 3,500 hp at high speed is no easy task, so hats off to the owner for getting the situation under control. Ironically, he was most displeased with the 201 mph trap speed, not the slide.
In the end, the best closing speed was an impressive 203.06 mph. By comparison, that’s dangerously close to what a Cadillac CTS-V Wagon ran in a video we covered a few weeks ago, with a 200 mph best speed. Can’t feel to great to have a Caddy Wagon nipping at the heels of a Camaro.