Bill Panouses' "Evade" '68 Camaro
"Is there anything better than rocketing down a straightaway in a modified first-gen Camaro with your foot buried to the floor? Perhaps one thing: turning at the end of it. Lift, brake, downshift, turn. g-forces press you into the side of a highly bolstered seat. Then it's back on the gas. Hard. We're having some fun now!
When we saw Bill Panouses' '68 Camaro at our National Collector Car Day Open House in Tampa, we were instantly drawn to the craftsmanship, the highly modified-but-tasteful red interior and the overall sinister look. We loved that he drove it to our office a fairly long distance, despite a dicey weather report that promised he could be spending days cleaning it up afterwards.
As we drooled over every inch and marveled at its numerous one-off touches, we gave him the old, "Boy, we'd love to drive this on a road course and test it for the magazine," to which Bill essentially replied, "Sure. When?" Gee, that didn't take much convincing.
We arranged for a track day and photo shoot on the road course at Auto Plus Raceway in Gainesville, Florida. We're happy to report that Bill's car performs as advertised. It's a g-machine that can pull some serious g's.
The Speedtech front clip uses a Unisteer rack and stock GM spindles with Speedtech tubular A-arms. QA1 coilover springs and adjustable shocks are aided by a Speedtech 1.25-inch sway bar. Brakes are Wilwood Dynapro 6 calipers and 12.19-inch rotors (front and rear). Bill chose Chassisworks' complete Camaro g-bar Canted 4-Bar Suspension System for the rear (PN 5804-F10). There are multiple adjustments available with this system, allowing you to tailor the suspension to your liking.
"Rolling stock consists of bold Forgeline VR3P wheels with grey centers, 18x8.5 front and 19x10 rear (5.90 inches of backspacing at all four corners). The tires are Michelin Pilot Sport 2s (245/40ZR18 and 275/35ZR19).
Power comes from a 6.0-liter LS2 with a set of Livernois Motorsports Stage 2-ported LS6 heads. The cam is also from Livernois, with 0.595-inch lift (intake and exhaust) and 232-degree duration, and the rockers from Jesel. A FAST 92mm intake and throttle body are in charge of induction, while a Walbro GSS340 electric pump and 42-pound injectors supply the dyno juice. Exhaust is handled by Stainlessworks 1-3/4-inch stainless headers and 3-inch exhaust. A Vintage Air black anodized LS front-runner drive system turns the accessories. Evade made 450 rwhp with this mild combination.
The trans is a Tremec T56 six-speed with a Centerforce DYAD dual-disc clutch. We found it to be an ideal combination. We never came close to missing a gear on the track and the clutch itself had good feel, but was not too heavy."
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