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RINGBROTHERS CAMARO VALKYRJA WINS SEMA BATTLE OF THE BUILDERS 2019

It’s The Most Expensive Build The Brothers Have Ever Made

Ringbrothers Camaro

A young Belgian client with a peculiar taste in paint color and a pile of money to spend may have helped Jim and Mike Ring secure yet another SEMA Battle of the Builders overall win during the 2019 SEMA Show. Called the “VALKYRJA,” the Ringbrothers 1969 Chevrolet Camaro muscle car was crowned the show stopper among show stoppers, with the award being announced yesterday during SEMA Ignited, an event that caps nearly a week’s worth of the world’s biggest automotive aftermarket convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

We were told that this one-of-one Ringbrothers Camaro cost roughly $750,000 to build, and represents the most financially exhausting effort the Wisconsin-based restomod shop. And if you look at it from every angle, whether its up close or from 20 feet away, it’s easy to understand why.

Ringbrothers Camaro
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The custom TOTOPKG Green BASF paint is just the start of things. Every body panel of this Ringbrothers Camaro is carbon fiber, while its footprint is five inches wider in the rear from stock, three inches wider in the front, and the wheelbase is longer by 1.5 inches. Under the hood is the highest quality version of something very familiar: a supercharged LS3-based V8 from Wegner Motorsports. Total displacement comes in at 416 cubic-inches (6.8L), strapped to a 2.9L Whipple Supercharger, and total output for Valhalla vixen comes in at 890 horsepower. A Tremec six-speed manual gearbox overhauled by Bowler sends the power to a nine-inch John Industries rear end, while the soundtrack is piped through a Flowmaster stainless steel Super 44 exhaust. The lowered stance comes from a Detroit Speed Engineering suspension, while a set of Baer brakes provide the stopping power.

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Our exclusive photo gallery exposes a few other details of this Ringbrothers Camaro. The tires are Michelin Pilot Sport 4S wrapped around HRE wheels, measuring a massive 345/30 R20. Meanwhile, the rear diffuser allows for a clear sightline down the underbody, while the door handles and mirrors appear to be completely custom, as is everything else. On the inside, the iconic gauge pack fixated at the base of the shifter is moved up into the center of the dashboard to make way for a clock, while a roll cage and multi-point harnesses will do their best to keep its wealthy occupants alive in the event of something terrible. Meanwhile, the ignition is now mounted in the center, next to the HVAC controls.

Congrats to the Brothers Ring on this incredible build.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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