The Chevy Camaro ZL1 is an absolute ripper right out of the box, but as is usually the case, some folks simply want more. That’s usually where the aftermarket comes in, but unfortunately, modifying a performance vehicle isn’t without its dangers. That fact is put on display in dramatic fashion in the following dyno video.
Coming to us from the folks at Complete Street Performance (CSP), a speed shop in West Chester, Pennsylvania that specializes in late-model GM vehicles, the video is about 14-and-a-half minutes long, and shows the fateful dyno pull and immediate aftermath.
As the video points out, the folks at CSP were prepping the Chevy Camaro ZL1 (affectionately dubbed the TreeL1) for a demonstration at Camaro Fest. Unfortunately, the transmission had other plans in mind.
Prior to jumping on the dyno for this particular session, the folks at CSP say their upgraded Chevy Camaro ZL1 was making about 850 horsepower at the rear wheels, good enough for a 10.3-second run in the quarter mile with the factory rubber. This particular run is to establish a baseline, while subsequent runs are planned for the next day with tank full of E85.
The first run of the day yields 811 horsepower and 812 pound-feet of torque. The tuner decides to throw a little more timing into it and tries for a second run. That’s when the problems start.
Around the two-minute, 10-second mark, we see the second dyno run begin. As the engine rpm climbs towards redline, we start to see metal fragments falling from underneath the vehicle. The tuner lets off the throttle, and suddenly, a large cloud of white smoke shoots out from underneath the car. The curtain airbags then go off, and suddenly, the bottom of the Chevy Camaro is completely engulfed in flames.
At this point, the individual shooting the video puts the camera down and grabs the fire extinguisher. The rest of the video looks over the damage that was done, including to the car and the tuner, and outlines next steps. Luckily, the tuner wasn’t seriously injured.
Check out the full video right here: