Even a casual perusal of the Ringbrothers portfolio will show you that the shop is well-versed in constructing classic Camaro customs. In fact, they boast no fewer than five of such builds to their name, each one cloaked in an abundance of carbon fiber and tuned to the absolute limit. For this reason, some might think that Ringbrothers have already maxed out the platform’s potential, boxing themselves into a corner with nowhere else to go.
But that’s where they’re wrong.
As part of their four-piece SEMA ensemble, Ringbrothers have built the ludicrous Camaro with a killer past, dubbed STRODE, you see before you (a note on the name: STRODE is a nod to heroine of the Halloween franchise, dubbed by the owner of the Camaro, and a subtle jab at comedian Kevin Hart’s Michael Myers Roadrunner, built by Salvaggio Design). Less a restomod than it is a complete reimagination of Chevy’s emblematic muscle car, it features just two parts from the donor vehicle.
Needless to say, such a project is no small feat; it took the team some 6,500 hours to bring the build to completion. Boy oh boy, was the end result worth it.
Enter the Carbon Camaro
For one, they’ve constructed the body from 100% carbon fiber, sculpting it in the image of the iconic 1969 SS, albeit with a couple of key changes. In addition to being five inches wider, it also sports lowered rocker panels, a recessed roof, and a lengthened hood. Done up in Glasurit Ghost White paint, it’s made only better by subtle – but impactful details – like a set of custom fender scoops, some tucked bumpers, as well as a razor-sharp front diffuser and a flowing rear valance.
Pop the hood and it’s immediately clear that STRODE brings much more to the table than some sophisticated styling. For the engine, Ringbrothers went with a Wegner Motorsports LS3 V8, mating it to a Whipple supercharger and a Holley Dominator EFI system. Add to that a six-speed Bowler Tremec T-56 Mangum transmission and a nine-inch John’s Industries rear end, and you’ve got a setup good for an ethereal 1,010 horses.
(Oh, and before you ask – the exhaust notes are funneled through a set of hand-built headers and Flowmaster mufflers. You best believe the thing roars.)
In order to accommodate the aggressive increase in power, Ringbrothers bolted the block to a Detroit Speed Engineering hydroformed subframe. What’s more, they’ve specced STRODE with Roadster Shop FAST TRACK independent suspension front and rear, dampening the car on a set of QA1 MOD Series coilovers. Considering that the wheelbase has also been lengthened by three inches for improved stance and handling, we’d hazard a guess that this Camaro can corner.
An assumption that’s only reaffirmed by Ringbrothers’ choice of shoes. STRODE rides on a set of staggered HRE Wheels Ringbrothers G-Code Edition wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires for grip. The stopping setup is equally capable – a set of Baer 6S six-piston brakes fore and aft.
Inside the Killer Camaro
Last but not least, let’s talk about the interior. Ringbrothers tapped the talents of Upholstery Unlimited for the installation, outfitting STRODE with some eye-catching orange quilted leather, Dakota Digital gauges, and a hand-fabbed rear roll cage. To give the car some modern creature comforts, they’ve also installed a booming JL Audio sound system and a Vintage Air Gen IV climate control unit.
Customizing Camaros may be old hat for Ringbrothers, but this build proves that they’re good for an encore. With the help of the many players involved in the STRODE project, Mike Ring likes to think of the end result as “something even Michael Myers can’t catch.”
Ringbrothers STRODE 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
- Engine Wegner Motorsports LS3 with Whipple 2.9-liter supercharger
- Transmission Reworked Bowler Tremec T-56 six-speed manual transmission
- Front Suspension Roadster Shop Fast Track
- Rear Suspension Independent rear suspension
- Shocks QA1 MOD Series coilovers
- Wheels HRE Wheels Ringbrothers G-Code Edition
- Brakes Baer Brakes 6S six-piston calipers
- Paint BASF Glasurit Ghost White (VW LB9A)
- Interior Steve Pearson at Upholstery Unlimited