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Chevrolet Camaro Pro Street (1968)


Chevrolet Camaro Pro Street (1968)

While muscle cars were indeed fast for their day and indeed still are, in the fastest accelerating motorsport, they look pretty tame. But as soon as the 1960s cars made it out of the showroom, they were put on to drag strips, then stripped and tuned for speed. During the late 1970s the cars took cues from the Pro Stocks classes, which used a stock bodyshell with huge drag tyres fitted underneath to get traction. It developed further, and in the late 1980s and 1990s, these street cars started turning in times that a Top Fuel dragster would have been proud of two decades earlier. This Camaro is typical of the most recent street-racing machines, with a full tube chassis lightweight front and rear racing suspension, 21-inch (533mm) wide slicks on the rear and a huge horsepower engine barely useable on the street. The Jerico gearbox has a lever per gear to aid rapid full-throttle changes.

Chevrolet Camaro Pro Street (1968) Specifications

Top speed:175 mph (280 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):2.6 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:540 ci (8,848 cc)
Transmission:4-speed clutchless manual
Max power:735 bhp (548 kW) @ 6,200 rpm
Max torque:695 lb ft (942 Nm) @ 4,000 rpm
Weight:3,674 lb (1,670 kg)
Economy:4 mpg (1.42 km/I)
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