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SEMA 2019: RINGBROTHERS REVEALS ‘VALKYRJA’ 1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO

This Camaro Looks Straight Out Of Valhalla

Ringbrothers Camaro

If there’s any high-end shop to anticipate a jaw dropping pro-touring reveal from, it’s Ringbrothers. Year after year, the Wisconsin-based aftermarket company seems to steal the SEMA Show, while taking just about every design award they’re eligible to compete for. This year is no different, with the official reveal of “VALKYRJA”, a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro that was revealed this morning at the BASF booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The body panels of this ’69 Camaro are entirely carbon fiber, and were made using 3D molds, and according to Ringbrothers co-owner Mike Ring, “the most extensive car” they’ve ever done. Visually, it’s incredibly striking, with subtle tweaks everywhere that both seem to modernize the original design, as well as amplify its vintage muscle car looks. It’s an absolute stunner, and it’s looking to take home a Chevrolet SEMA Design Award, too.

The Ringbrothers VALKYRJA Camaro is five inches wider in the rear from stock, three inches wider in the front, a longer wheelbase by 1.5 inches, and under the hood is a supercharged LS3-based V8 from Wegner Motorsports. This is achieved via a higher displacement of 416 cubic-inches (6.8L) and a 2.9L Whipple Supercharger. Peak output is 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 behind a set of HRE Wheels. Then there’s the pair of fuel filler doors – one labeled “Pump”, and the other labeled “Race.” How awesome is that?

The Ringbrothers VALKYRJA Camaro was revealed at the BASF booth because it’s colored in a Glasurit 90 Line olive hue called TOTOPKG Green. The carbon fiber muscle car will be on display there for the duration of the show, where afterwards it will be sent to Belgium for delivery to a special client.

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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