Who knew what kind of twists and turns drifting would have made over the last decade. It went viral and grew from an obscure parking lot event to a major motorsports force in a few short years. Drifting demos put crowds into a frenzy at major open-wheel races like Long Beach and the Grand Prix of Toronto. It even became a household name with ambassadors like Cindy McCain (wife of Presidential Candidate John McCain), getting involved!
With the support of new sponsor Hankook Tires, Grunewald had a world of opportunity to put the best product on the car and ensure the team was well equipped to be competitive.
One of the most interesting twists drifting took over the decade was the fact that domestics could play too. They not only competed, but won event after event and a championship in the first year of Formula D with the Mopar Viper. It was commonly held that domestics were too sloppy, heavy and lacked the response needed to get sideways and have the agility to transition. Well, the domestics were built to perform and have been causing havoc in Formula D since year one.
Conrad Grunewald knows all about the capabilities of domestics. He once campaigned a C5 Corvette, but has now shifted gears and built a stunning 2010 Camaro. With the support of new sponsor Hankook Tires, Grunewald had a world of opportunity to put the best product on the car and ensure the team was well equipped to be competitive.
The process started by acquiring a GM Performance LSA crate motor. This fiery 6.2L doesn’t need much out of the box, but they made some more jam anyway by adding a few tweaks. The LSA motor is delivered stock with a supercharger, 9.1:1 compression and a forged crank. From there a Hennessy Supercharger pulley was added along with a Holley 90mm throttle body to breathe freely. An Aeromotive fuel system supplies the juice and Stainless Works LS Headers mated to Blu 808 custom dual 3-inch stainless exhausts exits the fumes. The ensemble was tuned by Mitch Peterson using the AEM Engine Management System. All the new power was harnessed by the Exedy triple plate carbon clutch and PST carbon driveshaft.
With more than enough power and torque, the next step was to ensure the big domestic could possess the footwork needed to drift. A set of Eibach R2-Pro adjustable coilovers were added for advanced adjustability. Then Blu 808 custom lower control arms were added along with a Blu 808 aluminum front strut bar for rigidity. The rolling gear was given careful consideration, and a set of Forgeline ZX3R alloys were sourced. The lightweight alloys were wrapped in Hankook’s RS-3 tires to maintain the proper balance of slip and grip. The braking was ramped up with Brembo calipers and 2-piece cross-drilled rotors.The exterior treatment was a blend of function and the desire to get noticed by fans to promote the Hankook brand. Seibon stepped in to supply a load of carbon fiber parts including carbon fiber: hood, trunk, doors and even fenders. The paint was completed by Los Gatos Body Shop before the vinyl was applied.
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Inside the cockpit are all of the necessary performance and safety additions. The gutted interior was fitted with a Blu 808 Chromoly roll cage. The seats were replaced with Sparco Evo 2 seats with Sparco harnesses and a Sparco 345mm steering wheel with quick release. The custom carbon fiber dash was added along with an AIM digital cluster.
In the first part of the season, the Camaro has enabled Grunewald to stay in the top 10. If he can keep it up and make a hard charge later in the season, history might repeat itself with another piece of Detroit Iron on the podium. Until then, seeing the new Hankook Camaro in action is enough to keep us satisfied.
Owner: Conrad Grunewald
Location: Green Bay, WI
Vehicle: 2010 Camaro SS
GM Performance 6.0L LSA V8
Hennessey supercharger pulley
Holley 90mm throttle body
Pfadt solid motor mounts
Fluidyne heat exchanger
Fluidyne oil cooler
Jordan Innovations wiring harness
Aeromotive fuel system
Stainless Works LS Headers
Blu 808 dual 3-inch SS exhaust
AEM Engine Management
(tuned by Mitch Peterson)
Exedy triple plate carbon clutch
PST carbon drive shaft
WHEELS, TIRES, BRAKES
Forgeline ZX3R wheels
Hankook RS-3 tires
2 piece Brembo rotors
Eibach R2-Pro adjustable coil-overs
Blu 808 custom lower control arms
Blu 808 aluminum front crash bar
Seibon Carbon Hood
Seibon Carbon Doors
Seibon Carbon Fenders
Seibon Carbon Trunk Lid
Paint by Los Gatos Body Shop
Custom carbon fiber dash
Sparco Evo 2 seats
Sparco 345 steering wheel and quick release
Safecraft FE-36 fire system
Wilwood pedal assembly
Blu 808 custom hydraulic hand brakeBlu 808 Chrome-Moly roll cage