Even if you don’t think you know what a rock bouncer is, don’t worry, you do. Rock bouncers are those wacky off-road vehicles designed to scale up impossibly steep terrain, often bouncing, and rolling over in the process. With that out of the way, we now present to you the Coleworx Camaro Rock Bouncer, in all of its tube frame chassis glory. Yes, it really is glorious.
This off-road rig was built by Coleworx Rock Racing Factory at the request of a customer, Mark Phillips, who came to them with a vision of “the ultimate trail rig built to conquer any trail but also turn heads at the local car show.” That’s an unusual combination, but also a completely delightful one, as the end product showcases.
The Camaro rock bouncer is based on a custom chassis built by the Coleworx fabrication team, which surrounds a 700 cubic-inch (11.5L) Merlin big block, an engine based on a big block Chevrolet V8. Coleworx claims that it’s good for around 1,000 horsepower on pump gas. The big V8 mates to a TH-400 automatic transmission and uses a straight-drive transfer case to send power to both the front and rear axles.
Said axles are Dana 80 steering units, which means this rig has real four-wheel steering. According to the fabricators, this setup should “…allow Mark to make some rollover saves and keep this rig looking good for a long time,” which sounds incredibly badass. Don’t forget the first-generation Chevrolet Camaro-inspired front clip this thing is wearing. After all, it is a “Camaro”… kind of.
Of course, this is about as related to a Camaro as your grandmother’s Camry is related to the car being raced in NASCAR, but who cares, really? It sounds absolutely wicked, with some brutal cam lope at idle. Throughout the video, the Camaro rock bouncer can briefly be seen ripping through what looks like a park, and it’s so loud that the audio in the video begins to distort and break up.
The video notes that the Camaro rock bouncer isn’t finished yet, with it not yet sitting at the correct ride height, which should be higher. Meanwhile, underbody skid plates have yet to be installed and that mega motor needs some dyno tuning before showtime. We can’t wait to see this thing go full throttle up the side of a mountain, flip several times in the process, and go right back up to the top.