Got your shades on? You're going to need a pair to blend in with this dueling California bred, forced induction Camaro pair. Combining the best of both worlds, one is a silver convertible with a twin-screw supercharger, perfect for blasting up and down the beach. The other is nearly the polar opposite—a black coupe utilizing a remote mounted turbo system, perfect for back alley burnouts between nightlife venues. Take one for each scene, at different parts of the day. The challenge of picking between which one you'd want to drive is not going to be easy. So grab a drink, sit back, relax, and take a look at two unique examples of modification paradise, and decide which one you would rather call your own.
Our story begins with Chris Mangum, President and CEO at DSO Eyewear and Mangum Automotive Designs (MAD), the overall mastermind behind the two sleek beauties featured in this article. Chris has turned countless projects from design renderings into detailed, finely finished products, and his work is highly sought after by numerous manufactures. From cars and trucks to bikes and boats, MAD has been behind some of the slickest, high-quality projects turned products. Chris and company are based in the Southern California area, Costa Mesa to be exact, the perfect setting for our story.
Now that we've introduced the VIP, let's merge the Southern California style with the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) hype, to establish the motive behind the two crisp Camaro projects. Slide back to around '09 when Chris was chosen out of over two hundred applicants to build one of the new fifth-gen Camaros to be debuted in the Chevrolet booth at the '09 SEMA show. Chevy decided to task him with building a 3.6-liter six-cylinder RS, one of only seven fifth-gens available at the time. Needless to say, Chris was obviously up for the challenge, as the build would establish a line of accessories and performance parts for Chevy, MAD, and their key sponsors, made available in time for the '09 SEMA Camaro debut. With a massive undertaking ahead of them and with SEMA approaching fast, Chris and the Team at MAD acted quickly, while keeping a cool, SoCal approach.
With a strong motive behind the brand-new Camaro project, the guys at MAD wanted to set the bar high with a turbo to kick up the stock horsepower. Knowing the '10 fifth-gen RS would need a custom turbo solution; Chris turned to STS Turbo in Utah, for a remote-mounted, twin 48mm turbo system, running 9-pounds of boost. From the intercooler to the wastegate, STS customized the perfect solution MAD was looking for. The fresh setup was tuned by Trifecta Performance, making 545-horsepower and 470 foot-pounds of torque, through a throaty Gibson exhaust. With enough vigor to keep you clubbin' all night long, it was time to completely redo the cosmetic side of things. The SoCal guys wanted to implant a new interior, spice up the car's platform with some wheels, and feel the bass with a state-of-the-art sound system.
Working our way from the bottom, and eventually inside the interior, touching the pavement are 265/30ZR22 and 305/30ZR22 Pirelli PZero tires wrapping custom 22-inch DUB wheels, keeping the BASF Ultra Jet Black bodied turbo RS rolling through the night. Sitting behind the massive wheels are monster Brembo Gran Turismo High-Performance Brakes, featuring 6-piston Monobloc calipers up front, 4-piston in the back, and 15-inch rotors all around. Connecting the car to the ground is a Pfadt Performance Race suspension with an inverted 16-point adjustable coilover system. Transitioning from the sides, the front grille was replaced with a T-Rex Upper Class Series One-Piece Mesh Grille, made of stainless steel, sitting between mean looking Oracle red halo rings. Let's hop on inside and take a look at the inviting interior, keeping you comfy on those late night adventures.
Open the door; the first thing you'll notice is carbon fiber, in the perfect places. The door panel inserts, armrest, dash trim, six-pack cluster, E-brake handle, gearshift handle, and the rear seat side speaker insert panels. Complementing the carbon inserts is a completely reupholstered, suede interior with surrounding red stitching. Grab the steering wheel and you'll quickly notice the custom stitching and even more carbon fiber on the top of the wheel. Now that you're settled in, crank up the volume and listen to the upgraded sound system, thanks to the full Rockford Fosgate treatment. After a long night cruising the town, rocking out to some beats, you'd better switch cars for tomorrow and hit the beach. Chris has the perfect drop-top, supercharged Camaro SS for the day.
Car: 2010 Chevrolet Camaro RS
Owner: Chris Mangum
Block: 3.6L, LLT
Compression ratio: 11.3:1
Rocker arms: Stock
Throttle body: Stock
Fuel injectors: Stock direct, high-pressure
Fuel pump: Stock
Ignition: Stock coil-near-plug
Engine management: Stock, tuned by Trifecta Performance
Power adder: STS twin 48mm turbo
Intercooler: STS air-to-air
Wastegate: STS Turbo
Exhaust system: Gibson
Torque converter: Stock
Front suspension: Pfadt coilovers and sway bar, stock control arm
Rear suspension: Pfadt control arms, tie rods, coilovers, and sway bar
Rear end: Stock IRS, 3.27 gear, axles, posi
Brakes: Brembo Gran Turismo 6-piston front, 4-piston rear
Wheels: DUB.1One 22x9.5 front, 22x10.5 rear
Front tires: Pirelli PZero 265/30/22
Rear tires: Pirelli PZero 305/30/22
Race weight: 3800lbs
Current mileage: 2,500