• Nov 25, 2010
Lingenfelter Camaro dips into the eights – Click above to watch video after the jump

Prepare to have your concept of the laws of physics twisted by the guys and gals at Lingenfelter. The crew have turned their attention to building one of the meanest full-interior, fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro drag cars on the planet. In order to hustle 4,075 pounds of General Motors muscle down the track, Lingenfelter has dropped in a fully built LS9 V8 with an Eaton supercharger and all the guts to match. The heads were fully ported and loaded with titanium intake valves and hollow, sodium-filled exhaust valves for the easiest breathing possible. Throw in a set of long-tube headers, a two-stage nitrous system and twin fuel pumps and you've got a lump good for a mind-boggling 1,243 horsepower.

Lingenfelter has unsurprisingly ditched the stock clutch in favor of an RPS triple carbon piece, and a unique 9.5-inch billet rear differential with a 4.10 gear puts power to both rear wheels.

By some miracle of driving prowess, John Ebert was able to wrestle this machine down the quarter mile in 8.99 seconds at 158 mph. Hit the jump to watch it happen.

[Source: Inside Line]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow! That is truly an 8 sec car. A 1200HP with manual tranny, you must be kiddin me. What an awsome performance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll freely admit that I'm not familiar with the nuances of drag-strip timing, but how does an 8.99 time become an "eight-second quarter mile"? At best, that sounds like a motorized fish tale.

      Regardless, it's a damned impressive feat, but the headline seems to bend the definition of truth-in-advertising.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Got it. In Technicolor. I just find it funny that a sport where a winning margin is measured in tenths, hundredths, and thousandths of a second is OK with calling an 8.99 an 'Eight'. That's all. Geez.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Gotcha. Must be that 'new math'.
        • 4 Years Ago
        same concept. but what second is it in? the 8's or 9's? starts with an eight therefore its an eight.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Gotcha. Must be that 'new math'. :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you're talking about the 8sec 5.0 Mustang, maybe you should peruse the specs of it. I think you'd be hard pressed to prove that the build on that engine is going to cost way less than this Camaro's engine.

      Secondly, as mentioned by others here too, the difference between an 8sec automatic car and an 8sec 6spd manual car is pretty significant.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good to see the bow tie being competitive but at what price. Look at what the Ford tuners have done with the new 5.0, same performance, way less cost.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey cameraman, ... don't shake the camera next time!
      • 4 Years Ago
      8.99 is an eight second run. (its in the eights)

      its not and 8 second FLAT run though.

      • 4 Years Ago
      That's a 9-second quarter mile, guys. No disrespect to Lingenfelter and Ebert, but WTF did you expect with 1,200 horsepower?

      Impressed with any 9-second car, not impressed with a 1,200 horse 9-second car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nope. If you dont know anything about drag racing I suggest not commenting because you sound like a tool. That is, and has always been considered an 8-second pass.

        Educate yourself.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The car needs stiffer rear suspension. The rear end drops down too much at start and shift.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As others said, "eight-second quarter mile" means it's somewhere in the 8s, be it 8.01 or 8.99. It's worded as such because each second is viewed as a performance milestone. People familiar with drag races know this. For example, I saw the headline and just assumed it'd be in the high 8s, like 8.8 or 8.9.

        I'm impressed with getting in the 8s with a manual. Can't imagine dropping the clutch with 1200 hp behind you, wow.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Norreck, we are all dumber for having read your post. Try not to get all Fast & Furious on us with that 10 flat 500hp 4000lb land barge.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well we are talking about a car weighing 2 tons and with a manual. If you know anything about drag racing high HP cars (no I don't mean 500 HP as many cars come with stock these days, I mean cars making the kind of power this car is making) you give up quite a bit of time with a manual trans. DevilishPersona is 100% correct in stating that with a Powerglide or Turbo 400 this car would easily go 8.5 or even quicker.
        • 4 Years Ago
        agreed! cause Nissan can make a 500 bhp (not whp) Nismo tune GT-R R34 do a 10.00 flat 1/4 mile from the factory (and this is a production vehicle on street tires) and they (the camaro on slicks has over 700 more hp and only gain 1.01 seconds...lol I respects it power but they need to strap a wheelie bar to that thing and at least hit low eights or something
        • 4 Years Ago
        The car weighs over 4000lbs! Sub 8 seconds is outstanding.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dude, check out the rear tires. Those have as much to do with the time as the 1200HP.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Since when is a 9sec. 1/4 mile not impressive? Putting 1243hp to the pavement is no easy task. Just watch how it takes off instantly without wasting any energy. These guys did an amazing job.

      Could they have used a different car and different methods to run it faster? Sure, but criticizing them for that is kind of like saying, "Why did that guy use a Civic to run the road course when he could have run it five seconds faster by driving an Enzo Ferrari?"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Impressive? Yes. Worthy of posting on a blog when there are thousands of 8 second cars around the country? No.

        I know AB users hate NASCAR but why does a video of a Lingenfelter Camaro blasting off an 8 second run get posted, but not one mention of Jimmie Johnson winning his 5 consecutive title? I know you can't expect them to post race results every week like they do with the almighty Indy car and Formula One series', but you could at least mention it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess automotive tech has progressed so much in recent years that it causes us to be hard to impress. That said, it's also quite common for tuners etc to dump boat-loads of money on cars to produce some crazy high performance milestones. The days of the average Joe being able to actually connect to these performance levels is over, or at least quickly disappearing. I think that's a bad thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're exactly right, that's why I got out of it in the mid 90's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      wonder what a vette would run with same engine, lighter weight and all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      egh, the new Mustang's already done that, and it didn't need 1200 hp :P
        • 4 Years Ago
        it didnt do it with a manual trans though, and its still traps lower
        • 4 Years Ago
        didn't do it with a manual trans though, and its still trapping slower
      • 4 Years Ago
      would have been an impressive number... if they hadn't used the juice.
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