Pro touring pioneer and Chevrolet engineer Mark Stielow unveiled his all-new Hellfire Camaro at the SEMA Show last month, just ahead of his appearance at the 2014 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational. The heavily modified first-gen is one of Stielow’s many builds which use modern day powertrain, suspension and brake components to deliver performance on par with contemporary sports and supercars.
Stielow’s Hellfire Camaro features a 7.0-liter LS7 crate motor that has been topped off with CNC-ported LS9 heads and a supercharger. The engine makes an incredible 953 horsepower and 970 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the ground via huge 355-wide rear tires. There’s also a carbon fiber front end, which has saved over 120 lbs alone, a carbon fiber hood and Brembo carbon ceramic brakes.
You’d be forgiven for thinking Stielow just builds these pro touring monsters for fun. He put this project together so he could drive it as hard as possible in the Optima Street Car Invitational, which pits some of the world’s most high performance road legal vehicles against each other. Stielow was out at Gingerman raceway performing some shakedown laps in the Hellfire prior to the Optima event in Nevada early last month, which LSXTV managed to dig up video of. Check out the clips below, and keep an eye out for Stielow and the Hellfire Camaro at next year’s Optima events.