When the very first steam powered buggy at long last rolled out of its garage you can bet someone was on hand to say – "This would really look hot with a chrome-covered steam flange, tuck-and-roll seats, and sparkly paint." Souped-up cars are America's automotive art form and no one does it any better. You need to look no further than the 2012 SEMA show to see some of the premier examples of that art form on display once each year. One definitive case in point is Brent and Heidi Schubring's 800 horsepower 2001 Camaro SS.
Schubring's 800 horsepower Camaro SS at SEMA
Brent works as a Program Manager in the OE (original equipment) auto industry, so right off the bat he shares a unique automotive perspective. His connection extends to Joe Parks, the General Manager of Pilot Transport, and a long time friend and car enthusiast. The red banner on their website declares, "We haul cars." Pilot Transport is in fact North America's largest "company driver" delivering over 35,000 vehicles each year to and from plants, ports, rail yards, auto shows, research and development centers, special events and dealerships. Brent was therefore working with a far larger automotive palate than most when he set out to create the Pilot Transport Camaro.
"Pilot has participated over the past three years, and it took some patience and a checkbook over the past two years to get this car ready for SEMA," remarked Brent. "The theme of the car was simply to build a late model boulevard bruiser with a unique power plant combination that was considered a little outside the box."
The most obvious "outside the box" modification to the Camaro is definitely the engine.
The average fourth generation Camaro community member expects a fast intake configuration, on top of a variety of cubic inch displacements ranging from the stock 346, to a GM Performance LSX 454. "To my knowledge and Kinsler's (Kinsler ITB intake) this is the first of their intakes put under a modified 4th gen cowl," reported Brent.
The SEMA featured Camaro SS exterior is stock except for a few styling cues to the front fascia
Brent lists his total trust in the brand name as his first reason for choosing K&N, adding "Obviously, the supporting components and investment between the fenders is another reason. Taking a shortcut in a less than adequate valve cover breather didn't make sense. K&N's is a top quality piece."
The Schubring's next major car event for their SEMA Camaro SS is the Hot Rod Power Tour next June
Brent first started using K&N products back when he was just 16-years-old, driving his first car, a Buick Grand National. "I've been going fast and using K&N ever since and have never looked back," he declared.
K&N News is the first major exposure the Schubring's Pilot Transport Camaro has received being that the car was only completed three weeks prior to the SEMA show.
"We have a private photo shoot set up for early spring of 2013, as winter slowly sets here in Michigan," adds Brent. "In the future though it would be nice to get some magazine coverage."
The next major event for Brent and Heidi and their custom SS is the Hot Rod Power Tour in June of next year. By then he says they should have the bugs worked out of this build, and they look forward to many show/go events nationally after that.
The intake manifold on this SEMA show car was made by Kinsler Fuel Injeciton and is certainly one of a kind
"I first took the car apart eight years ago, but life got in the way," admits Brent. "Then during a conversation with my wife one afternoon, she proudly suggested, ‘Well…..if you're going to finish this thing….do it right.' That was pretty much all I needed. The last two years I have been in a full court press to complete it. Missing one completion milestone after another due to a variety of build issues. It's never easy with custom pieces. We were proud to make the '12 SEMA event, and we are looking forward to a wild 2013!"
Brent and Heidi Schubring's Pilot Transport Camaro modifications:
Brent lists his trust in the K&N brand name as the foremost reason in choosing them for his SEMA Camaro SS
Other K&N equipped SEMA Show camaros include the East Bay Muscle Cars' 1967 Camaro, 1969 "Hellcat" Camaro, Christian Van Lewen's Custom Camaro SS, Performance Supply Innovations' Custom Chevy Camaro SS, RCH Designs' 2010 Chevy Camaro SS, RealWheels Maui Jim 2010 Camaro and the 1969 twin turbo Camaro.
- The exterior minus a few slight styling cues to the front fascia is stock.
- Suspension: Control arms, k-member and rear components are all UMI.
- Shocks: Bilstein
- Springs: Eibach
- Axle: Midwest Chassis 9" (3.70 narrowed 1" per side)
- Wheels: 18" Fikse Profils
- RHS block – 460" (800hp N/A – flywheel)
- Callies crankshaft
- Lunati rods
- JE pistons
- Mast Inline heads
- T&D rockers
- Crane cam (prototype)
- Kinsler ITB intake
- Kooks exhaust (2" headers and dual 3" exhaust system)
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