If you have ever attended the SEMA Show before, you might have noticed that certain models of cars tend to dominate the show floor. Mustangs and Camaros (particularly first-gen Camaros) can be found at every other booth, so it takes a lot to really stand apart from the crowd. While wandering the floor at SEMA 2015, I happened upon this 1967 Camaro at the K&N Filters booth.
This car was built by East Bay Muscle Cars in Brentwood, CA. Like most of the cars at SEMA, it has been built as a pro-touring car with big power, big handling, and modern comforts and amenities for dominating the autocross course. What caught my attention was the clean and simple lines of the car, and I drew in for a closer look.
The nickname “Snowblind” seems appropriate as you look at the body, which is sprayed in PPG Honda White with a gloss clear coat. The trim and drip rails have been shaved while the bumpers have been pulled in and painted to match, giving the whole car a “body in white” look like a concept car. However, the two-tone Rushforth wheels indicate this is a street-ready machine.
The exhaust is integrated into the rear bumper, which sits just below the custom rear spoiler on the trunk lid. The sheet metal around the rear wheel arches was lowered another 2 inches, giving the car an aggressive stance. The doors are from a ’68 Camaro in order to eliminate the factory vent wing windows. Up front, a carbon fiber hood and custom blacked-out grille and front air dam are as functional as they are pretty.
Of course, there’s more to this g-machine than just appearances. Under the hood is a twin-turbo LS3 V8 engine that puts out approximately 750 horsepower at the rear wheels. East Bay Muscle Cars fabricated their own stainless steel headers, along with custom piping for the water-to-air intercoolers. The inner wheel wells are carbon fiber and provide a resting place for EBMC’s power steering and coolant reservoirs. On the smoothed firewall, you will see oil separators for each bank of cylinders with a coolant overflow tank in the middle. With so much attention to detail under the hood, it is no wonder this car won a GM Design Award for “Best Underhood” at SEMA 2015.
But all of that power would be useless without precise handling. The car features front and rear subframes from Art Morrison Engineering with a triangulated 4-link and mini-tubs in the rear. Wilwood brakes bring everything to a stop with 6-piston calipers in the front and 4-piston calipers in the rear. This car has plenty of power to get moving!
We’d like to congratulate EBMC on their build and on their GM Design Award! We hope to see more great cars from them in the future.
Engine and Driveline
Twin turbo LS3 V8 engine from Turnkey Engine Supply
T56 Magnum transmission
Dual disc clutch
Inland Empire Driveline custom 3.5″ aluminum driveshaft
Suspension, Brake, and Wheels
Art Morrison front and rear subframes
Mini-tubs in the rear
9″ Ford live axle
Wilwood 14″ slotted and vented rotors
Wilwood 6-piston (front) and 4-piston (rear) calipers
Front: Rushforth 18″x10″ wheels, Nitto 285/35-18 tires
Rear: Rushforth 19″x12″ wheels, Nitto 325/30-19 tires
Body and Exterior
Carbon fiber inner wheel wells
Shaved and smoothed firewall
Shaved drip rails
Extended rear wheel arches 2″
Custom rear valence with exhaust
Custom rear spoiler and bumper
Corbeau racing seats
Custom 3D printed instrument cluster
Dakota Digital VHX Gauges
Custom center console with LED lighting
New short-pile carpeting
GM Design Award “Best Underhood” SEMA 2015
Top 3 design and engineering at Optima Ultimate Street Car invitational