Warning: The Asphalt-Melting, 950-Horsepower ‘TRON’ Camaro is On the Grid
If this fully-customized, Clu-crushing, Bugatti-eating TRON Camaro pulls up next to you at a light, don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s some tame Disney-built show toy. Beneath the geektastic Light Cycle-graphics lies a snarling, voracious monster capable of melting the asphalt beneath its tires and ripping the very soul out of unsuspecting Euro supercars.
Created to compete in the goldRush Rally, owner Josh Mac wanted to build a car that not only had a shot at taking on the Ferraris and Lamborghinis in the competition, but could turn just as many heads. Mission accomplished.
The 2010 SS has been snapping necks ever since Josh and partner in Camaro crime Colleen, had the idea to turn the stock ride into a TRON-ride-on-steroids after watching the movie. The duo turned to SS Customs in Redwood City for advice on how to achieve the unique effect. “We went through tons of ideas,” Mac told us. “We were even talking about installing EL light wire into the body, so it would glow at night. You can imagine the cost to do something like that!”
They ultimately decided to lay a base vinyl over the entire body of the Camaro, using a brand new line of vinyl wrap that has a raw, brushed metal look to it. The formerly yellow SS was now Steel Metallic Blue. The next step was more difficult: finding an accent color to use to create the glowing light effect. Colleen spent hours in Photoshop trying to come up with the perfect effect that would cause the illusion that the vinyl’s color was diffusing off the sides. When the perfect color was found, the two sat down to design the TRON graphics themselves.
“Once we settled on our colors, we must have watched the movie a dozen times trying to pick up design cues from the movie,” says Mac. “All of the graphics on the car are taken directly from the movie. For instance, the roof graphics are the same as Clu’s suit, and the logo on the trunk is actually from the original TRON movie and is a ‘Tron-ish’ Mickey Mouse.”
Wrapping the car, then cutting and applying the graphics, took 56 hours over 6 days to complete. And was done just in time to get the engine-less, transmission-less car down to Los Angeles where performance auto shop Blu808 Engineering Performance was waiting to install the mind blowing muscle: A freshly built 6.8L LS3 stroker engine complete with twin IPS GT35R turbochargers, a Callies Dragonslayer crankshaft, 12-degree 6-bolt heads, a one-off carbon fiber twin plenum intake manifold, and an Aeromotive A1000 Eliminator Stealth fuel pump and methanol injection.
“They were able to install the new engine, transmission, driveline, and the complete twin turbo system in a little under two days,” Mac says. “Literally that very same night, within hours of everything being buttoned up, we had to drive the car down to Beverly Hills to check in for the rally.”
And with a new powerplant boasting 950 rampaging horses and 1,000 lb-ft of torque, you can bet Mac made it to the line in time. He even got a shot at drag racing a 1,200 horsepower Bugatti Veyron, earning the TRON Camaro the nickname “Bugatti Eater.”
Your move, Clu.