With prices at the pump still high, turbocharged four and six cylinder engines are quickly becoming a viable performance alternative to fuel-chugging V8’s. So East Texas Muscle Cars came up with an ambitious plan:
Tune a streetable 2010 V6 Mustang to lap the Nurburgring Nordschliefe faster than the Nissan GT-R.
“We wanted to do something a little different,” says company spokesman Mike White. “We’re seeing a lot of interest in something like this for the V6 Camaros.”
Starting with a stock V6 mill, ETMC rebuilds the engine with a forged crank, rods, and pistons, then adds a modified Squires Turbo Systems remote-mount turbocharger kit to boost power output to 500HP.
Next, the “the stock Camaro’s tremendous understeer and cradle walk” are addressed with a host of handling upgrades, including a Baer big brake kit, lightweight 20-inch iForged wheels, and Pedders coil-overs and bushings.
But ETMC isn’t out just for a time slip. They want to do it in a street car, not a stripped-out racer. For that reason, they have plans to retain the stock interior, as well as use street tires to complete the test, despite those rumors about the GT-R and the not-so-OEM rubber.
When all this has been completed, the company will ship the Camaro, along with an acquaintance’s GT-R, to the Nurburging to run some hot laps and hopefully best Godzilla’s time.
For now, this is simply a one-off unit, and win-lose-or-draw ETMC will have their Camaro sitting in the Squires Turbo booth at this year’s SEMA Show. But, should their be sufficient public interest (and we suspect there will be), expect a production model to appear sometime next year.