Mike and Jim Ring — of the appropriately named Ringbrothers — turned up at SEMA 2014 with “Recoil,” a 980hp, 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle hybrid street/race car that fuses vintage style with modern alloys, composites and carbon fiber panels. Recoil debuted at the Royal Purple booth yesterday.
(Photos by Ringbrothers, Keith Griffin) In the past, Ringbrothers concentrated on track-ready street cars, but Recoil flips the equation and introduces the automotive artisans as builders of street-ready track cars.
Under the hood, the ’66 Chevelle features a Wegner Motorsports LS7 V-8, breathed on by a Whipple supercharger for 980 horsepower. One-off fuel rail covers exactly match the design of the blower’s case. The fuel injection system comes from Holley, with an Aeromotive fuel cell and pump.
Flowmaster mufflers provide the bark and Royal Purple XPR Extreme Performance Racing Oil keeps the internals spinning.
Between the chairs a stick controls the Tremec T56 Magnum six-speed trans, A Dynotech driveshaft sends power to the John’s Industries Ford 35 Spline nine-inch.
The 19×9.5 and 20×13 wheels are a forged work of art. HRE provided the three-piece alloy rollers that carry the same name as the car. Tires are 275/35/19s up front and enormous 345/30/20s in the rear.
The race-read interior displays the Spartan design ethic, emphasizing function over fussy details. Fabricated entirely by hand from sheet metal, the panels were hydro-dipped to match the carbon fiber components on the exterior. The custom crafted seats point the driver toward a Racepak gauge cluster in a custom billet housing.
Finished in BASF Glasurit 90-Line waterborne “Sand Storm” paint, the exterior features hand-laid carbon fiber trim panels for the bumpers, mirrors, hood, trunk and inner fenders.
Jay Leno just posted a video from Jay Leno’s Garage, where he drives this unholy beast. It’s an awesome video, well worth taking a look at:
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