This past weekend November 7-10, 2013, was the 2013 NHRA Auto Club finals; one of the largest drag racing events of the year, held at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, formerly known as Pomona Raceway. The track is located in Pomona, California and contains a two lane, quarter-mile dragstrip. While we were at the race, we had the chance to catch-up with Northwest Division 6 Hall of Famer, Jim Warter, of Olalla, Washington. Warter owns a 1992 Chevrolet Camaro that he's been racing for more than 20 years. A 5-time division champion, Warter currently holds 35 national records. The Camaro he brought to the race last week currently holds the 2013 record in the F-super modified class with a best run of 8.62 seconds at 156mph that was recorded earlier this season. His son, Ryan Warter, 29, is the driver of the Camaro. Check-out the full scoop on this wicked, Camaro.
So, what makes this Camaro so unique? How about only relying on 301 cubic inches of bowtie iron to hustle down the track. What’s more, it’s all good for 810hp and 460lb-ft of torque. Teasing our interest, we couldn’t help but nail down some more of this Camaros specifics.
After speaking with Jim Warter, he told us they rebuild the engine once a year at the hands of engine builder, Rick Watters. For power, the Camaro relies on a pair of 660cfm, Steve Taylor PRC carburetors, which atomizes C25 race fuel. Mixed with air, it’s sent through an HRE sheetmetal manifold. From there, it’s sent through a pair of aluminum CFE cylinder heads controlled by a Crane camshaft and COMP Cams lifters. Taking all the punishment are 15:1, high-compression pistons connected to a Winbery crankshaft. It’s all sent through a set of backyard-built headers. For fueling duties, the Camaro uses a Jaz fuel sell and Magno fuel pump.
Connected to the small-block Chevy is a Liberty 5-speed which spins a Mark Williams Enterprises (MWE) driveshaft to a set of track-friendly 6.50:1 gears housed in a MWE Ford 9-inch. As a drag car, this 1992 Chevrolet Camaro isn’t concerned with taking harsh turns. Moreover, it’s getting the Camaro to weight transfer to the back tires which reigns supreme. For that, the Camaro relies on a stock-style suspension with Lamb Component brakes that help stop the F-body on the big end behind a set of EMT wheels. Dave Barcelon, of Truck Town LTD, completed the car’s paint and body work.
As a drag car, this 1992 Chevrolet Camaro isn’t concerned with taking harsh turns. Moreover, it’s getting the Camaro to weight transfer to the back tires which reigns supreme. For that, the Camaro relies on a stock-style suspension with Lamb Component brakes that help stop the F-body on the big end behind a set of EMT wheels. Dave Barcelon, of Truck Town LTD, completed the car’s paint and body work.
Of course, don’t take our word for it; we managed to dig up an old video of the ’92 in action.
- 301ci small-block Chevy
- Twin 660cfm Steve Taylor PRC carburetors
- HRE intake manifold
- MSD ignition
- CFE racing heads
- Crane Cams
- COMP Cams lifters
- Jaz fuel cell
- Magno fuel pump
- 15.7:1 compression ratio
- Winberg crank
- Runs on C25 gas
- CSR waterpump
- 460lb-ft of torque
Transmission / Driveshaft:
- Liberty 5-speed
- Mark Williams Enterprises driveshaft
- Lamb Component brakes up front
- Mark Williams Enterprises Ford 9-inch and rear axles
- 6.50:1 rearend gears
Paint / Body:
- Dave Barcelon of Truck Town LTD