One Bad Street Car: Dustin Warren’s Eight-Second 2016 Camaro

Project cars always seem to grow in scope and that can lead to a car that is never finished, or something that exceeds expectations and is a riot to drive. Fortunately for Dustin Warren, his 2016 Camaro falls into the latter and has become one of the fastest six-generation Camaros in the country. Warren’s car packs a whole lot of boosted power under the hood with a sprinkle of nitrous to take things to a new level on the horsepower fun-scale.

Before Warren began his current build, he was absent from the sport of drag racing for over 30 years as he built his own business and raised a family of six. When he got back into racing, he was just running at local test and tune sessions, along with the occasional Saturday events at tracks in the Carolina region. When he decided to start branching out to bigger events like the TX2K series and Street Car Takeover, the time came to beef up his chariot to be a threat on race day.

Warren wanted a car that that was able to run in the nine-second zone or quicker, while still being driven on the street.

“The greatest thing about this car is that it still can be driven on the street with no problems. It still has every factory option, climate-controlled seats, and even navigation. All the classes we run require the full interior, full exhaust, stock-style suspension in the stock location, along with minimum weight requirements, plus the car has to be fully street legal,” Warren says.

To reach his single-digit goals, Warren built a 376 cubic-inch engine that uses the stock block and crank, with a set of forged CP Carillo rods and custom pistons. Texas Speed and Performance supplied the heads and cam package. To fuel the car a set of Injector Dynamics 1300x secondary port injectors are used and controlled by a plug-and-play Haltech Elite 2500 package. A full Stainless Works exhaust system, including headers, expel all the exhaust gases from the engine.

For a power adder package, Warren opted to add an F-1A ProCharger along with a Nitrous Outlet plate system to the Camaro. Taking the abuse from these power adders is a 42Autosports-modified 8L90 transmission, Circle D billet converter, Driveshaft Shop driveshaft, and axles. The stock differential works with a Carlyle Racing 15-inch wheel conversion that rotates a set of Mickey Thompson radial tires.

Originally after the build was complete the Camaro was running 6.0-second eighth-mile passes and a lot of 9.20 passes at over 155 mph in the quarter-mile. Not being enough for Warren, he added a G1Pro air-to-water intercooler and a new custom piping setup for his ProCharger. The new intake system along with some transmission tuning changes netted an 8.88 pass at 157 mph; that makes Warren’s Camaro the second fastest sixth generation car right behind the Fireball Camaro shop car.

To reach such a milestone took a team effort from those who support Warren.

“I would like to thank my wife for being more patient than most in allowing me to follow my dreams, as well as this season beginning her own journey into drag racing. My hard-working crew, Tracy Heart, Cody Kinder, Corey Adams and my tuner Steven Rankins. I also want to thank for the build that just keeps on keeping on and is getting quicker every pass and takes a relentless beating every weekend with minimal issues.”

With another season of data under his belt don’t be shocked to see Warren push his car deeper into the eight-second zone and become the quickest sixth generation Camaro in the world!

About the author

Brian Wagner

Spending his childhood at different race tracks around Ohio with his family’s 1967 Nova, Brian developed a true love for drag racing. When Brian is not writing, you can find him at the track as a crew chief, doing freelance photography, or beating on his nitrous-fed 2000 Trans Am.
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