• Feb 16, 2007

There are a lot of cool looking 1968 Camaros on the street. Head over to Detroit for the Woodward Dream Cruise in August and we're sure you'll see more than you can count. Many are stock, but some sport mag wheels, blowers, heavily modified engines... you name it, you'll see it. Over at Twist Machine, they took a Camaro with a 406 All Iron Small Block Chevy-Carbureted V8 and mated it to a paddle-shifted manumatic 4L60E transmission.

Using your own technology in an expensive hot-rod is a good way to show off your company's mechanical prowess. Considering traditional manuals are falling out of favor, the time to strike is now.

Some other cool mods done to this hot rod include a ten-point roll cage, Baer 13"/12" brakes, and lower control arms and uprights pulled from an '87 Corvette.

We like the idea of equipping a 20th century classic with some 21st century tech, but we don't think it's destined for the I-75 commute any time soon.

Be sure to check out the video of the Camaro in action, but be forewarned, it takes some time to load.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Probably best to just right click the video link and save it to your desktop or something. It's about 24mb.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That was perhaps the biggest waste of time I have encountered all day. I want the four minutes of my life that I squandered on that video back. Okay great, there is a little bit of tire squeal and exhaust roar but mostly it is a video of a big car kinda-sorta hauling butt around a tiny little track. What a lame demo video! How about some specifics on the product, like demonstrating why in the hell I would care that this (cool) old camaro has a paddle shifted automatic? That is great to know, but from the video all I can tell is that it is some nitwit jerking off on a track with a car and a video camera.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Let's see if I can provide some useful information here.

      It's important to understand the difference between today's computer controlled automatics and yesterday's "slushboxes". One of the most important features is a computer controlled torque converter with a lock up clutch. CLUTCH is the operative word. Today's lock up clutches employ greater friction surface because the lock up clutch plays a more important role--similar to the manual transmission's clutch.
      Likewise, the electronic transmission uses electronically applied solenoids for both line pressure control and gear changes. Much like fuel injection vs carburetion, computer technology provides an extraordinary level of control that is extremely useful for a performance application.

      None of this is terribly new. What is new is that Twist Machine and other manufacturers such as TCI, Powertrain Control Solutions and Bowler Transmissions are figuring out how to best adapt this technology to old hot rods.

      Regardless of your transmission type preference, you gotta love it when hot rodders figure out how to make stuff work!

      Thanks for looking
      /Steve
      • 7 Years Ago
      #2 (badnews69): "What the hell's so special about 'paddle shifted automatic'?"

      The Enzo Ferrari used paddle shifters. The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 uses paddle shifters. The Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 uses paddle shifters. Formula One Racing uses paddle shifters. Champ Car Racing uses paddle shifters. Special enough for you?

      Sources:
      http://www.caranddriver.com/previews/2476/ferrari-enzo.html
      http://www.caranddriver.com/article.asp?section_id=19&article_id=10108
      http://autobytel.espn.go.com/content/shared/articles/templates/index.cfm/article_page_order_int/11/article_id_int/2416
      http://autos.msn.com/advice/article.aspx?contentid=4022555
      http://www.tagheuer.com/f1/tag-heuer-and-f1/f1driving/formula-indy-racing/index.lbl
      http://www.autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060731/FREE/60731027/1015/FREE
      • 7 Years Ago
      Plain and simple, a dyed in the wool Pro-Touring car has a good chance of seeing some track time.

      On the track, a paddle shifter is a blessing.

      If you can combine a love of musclecars, the roar of a V8 and match it with some track time and paddle-shifters, that's just a little slice of heaven.

      Good on ya for making that feature accessable for old car nuts who aren't afraid to hit the track!
      • 7 Years Ago
      so does that mean it doesn't have a clutch pedal? Floor shifters are imo more enjoyable.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What's wrong with a torque converter?

      The Porsche 911 Turbo uses a TC in their tiptronic automatic transmission. The Corvette C6 uses a TC in their automatic transmission. The auto may even be faster as discussed here:
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20060923010524AANDSSR

      As long as the vehicle is well engineered who cares if it has a torque converter. The automatic "slushbox" transmission days are long gone!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow.. so many retarded comments.. lol

      I've seen that car haul ass around the track (both drag strip and road course).

      I bet the most "track" action some on here see is a drive to the grocery store to get "feminin hygine" products for the wife. ;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow Marcus #15...posting at 5 AM and already managing to be the most insulting and ignorant person I've seen on here in awhile (and that's really saying something).

      Yea, this thing will move, that's for certain. Let's lay off the hate speech though eh?
      • 7 Years Ago
      #14, Thats the most inspiration speech Ive ever heard.

      "Raw Power if you have not driven a muscle car shut up and go drive one and then maybe you will start liking women again!!!!"

      Priceless.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So can you put it into auto mode and just drive it like a normal automatic car.It would be cool if some one made a smg where you could use a manual trans but shift it with paddles if so desired.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #4: You're right in the sense that those cars are paddle-shifted, but it's a completely different transmission in the Bugatti Veyron and Ferrari Enzo. Those cars have SMG gearboxes (or DSG in the Veyron), whereas this has an automatic w/ toque converter and paddle shifters. Big difference.
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