Muscle cars and drag racing are about as intertwined as any vehicle and a form of motorsport. And while all of Detroit’s automakers will gladly sell you their take on the segment, these stock cars simply don’t cut it for drag-racing die-hards. That was the case for the owner of this particular Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, which was sent to Vengeance Racing in Cumming, Georgia. With a little help from Whipple Superchargers, this Chevrolet puts down a nearly 900 horsepower at the tires. Here is what you need to know about this build.
Vengeance Racing specializes in building high-performance late model muscle cars powered by GM V8 engines. This particular Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 had been previously fiddled with by the team, during which time it received their upgraded LT4 Supercharged Package. The owner has since decided they need more power out on the drag strip, and sent the car back to Georgia for the new Whipple Superchargers street package. The build starts with a new 2.9L blower from Whipple Superchargers, which is 1.2L larger than the stock unit. From there, the team fit a 103mm throttle body, their own CNC ported LT4 cylinder head, their 30% GDI injector set, and their own flex fuel kit.
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering also supplied the team with a Big Bore DI High Pressure Fuel Pump, which works alongside a DSX Tuning auxiliary fuel pump. Other engine modifications include a DSX Tuning 9.45’ lower pulley, an AEM Performance Electronics wideband sensor kit, and a Monster Clutch Co. LT1-S triple disc clutch. On pump 93 octane fuel, this modified Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 laid down 811 horsepower and 667 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. Toss in some E85 and those figures come out to 877 horsepower and 705 lb-ft of torque at the tire. Certainly enough to get the tires warmed up before making a pass down the strip.
If you have started to find the 650 horsepower LT4 V8 engine in your Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 a bit boring, we are glad to report that this package from Whipple Superchargers can solve that issue. Whether or not you can keep yourself out of jail with nearly 900 horsepower at the rear tires is a personal question, however. Then again, when a car sounds so good running through the revs, who really cares?