What if we told you one of the coolest second-gen Chevrolet Camaros hails from Finland? Well, you better believe it – Mikko Viitala from Finland has a 1978 Camaro – converted to look like a 1970 Camaro – with a destructive 825 horsepower that he uses to compete at drifting events. Unorthodox for a traditional muscle car, no?
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the art of drifting, it’s essentially controlling the oversteer of a car so that it allows you to slide through corners while billowing clouds of smoke like a nuclear reactor. As LSXTv explains, good drifting satisfies all of the following; line, angle, speed, and show factor. All of which you’ll see on display when you view this entertaining video.
But let’s focus on the superstar of the short film, that beastly Camaro. Those 825 ponies are courtesy of an LS3 fitted with a steel crankshaft, Wiseco forged pistons, and Callies/Compstar 6.125-inch rods which equate to a compression ratio of 10.3:1. The LS3 also features Lunati cams and a Paxton Novi 2200 SL supercharger. All that power is transmitted by a Tremec T56 coupled with a Clutchmaster 8.5-inch twin-disk clutch.
This car isn’t just fast, though. Viitala took the time to build it to the specs required for both drifting and traditional racing. The Camaro utilizes S13 coilovers, a slightly modified Competition Engineering four-link rear, SPC control arms mounted to custom spindles, polyurethane bushings, powerful Wilwood brakes, and a rack-and-pinion steering column out of a Volvo (go figure). Viitala custom-built the control arms to complete the front-end setup.
Impressive to say the least, now go ahead and watch the video to see some American muscle swingin’ its booty in tandem.