Fireball Performance Cars has been known to make the fastest sixth generation LT1 Camaros in the world. Once again it has managed to walk the talk as it hit a new record running the Thunder Valley Speedway located in Noble, Oklahoma. Fireball unleashed a customized 2017 Fireball 900 Camaro which went for 149 mph and reach a quarter of a mile in 9.006 seconds.
Clearly the question on everyone’s mind is how they managed to tweak a stock 455 hp Camaro SS into what may well be the fastest Camaro there is. The quick answer is that it was a combination of expert tuning, straight-forward modifications, and of course, skillful driving.
The company already has the Fireball 900, a Camaro SS with a 990 hp engine and paired to an automatic 8-speed transmission. This could already make a run in the mid-9s but it was obvious Fireball wanted to do more. Thus, the LT1 headers were supercharged and ported in order to enhance the flow. Though already powerful, this was not enough to set a new world record and it needed some extra modifications.
As such, Fireball upgraded it to the Procharger F1a-94 supercharger. There were also a number of additions like the forged rod and pistons, custom camshaft, and the CNC ported cylinder heads. Added as well were a new exhaust, Procharger intake, and a shot of nitrous. There was even a custom tune courtesy of Calibrated by Karger. Clearly, this updated version is not the same Fireball 900 that you can get at your local dealership.
Fireball however knows that even if they hold the record for this model, other performance shops are likely coming up with their own versions with the hopes of beating it.
Commenting on this modified version, Fireball Performance Cars Co-Owner Russ Harrison revealed that they wanted to be the first to be able to run a 2016 Camaro SS so they knew they had to go back to the strip and do the same for the 2017 version. The company has learned a lot when it comes to the LT1 engine and by putting in some new improvements, it wanted to make it more powerful and faster, he added.
Co-Owner Ryan Martin, who was also the one who drove the Fireball Camaro, meanwhile revealed that their goal was to take into the eights a sixth generation Camaro, something no one had done before. However on the last run of the day, he continued, they keep encountering problems like experiencing a slip when reaching 1,500 rpm or blowing the drive shaft.
While the company did replace the drive shaft, he added, they also partnered with Circle D Specialties in order to come up with a triple disc torque converter in order to address the slip issue. Martin revealed that he hopes these various improvements will allow them to finally break to the eights and hopefully hold such a record for a long time.