Project “Black Dog” Has Its Day: 1,500 HP Wide-Body SS Completed

If you think Project “Black Dog” is just another 5th Gen with some bolt-ons, you’re seriously barking up the wrong tree. As you’ll remember from our previous updates on Black Dog, the 2011 Camaro SS convertible belongs to the CEO of CrossFit Fitness, Greg Glassman, who commissioned the guys at Lamb Performance, in Prescott, Arizona to transform his stock 5th Gen into something truly unique – both from a visual and performance stand point.

The car is finally finished, and needless to say, the guys from Lamb delivered in a big way.

Dave Severson from Lamb Performance tells us, 'With the size of the tires and all power, the car 's acceleration is insane.'

When we last left the saga of “Black Dog”, the guys at Lamb were working on giving the wide body 5th Gen plenty of “bite” to back up its “bark”. Black Dog’s teeth come in the form of a twin-turbo 427ci LSX built by Beck Racing Engines (B.R.E.). The engine features an LSX Bow-Tie block topped off with a set of Chevy Performance LSX-LS7 cylinder heads and a FAST LSX-R intake manifold. The boost created by the dual Precision turbos gets regulated by a set of Tial wastegates and a ProCharger blow-off-valve, and cooled down by a big front-mount intercooler and a water-methanol injection unit.

The engine was making so much torque that it was actually hazing the rollers, even with those massive rear tires. However, the guys at Lamb tell us that thanks to a few changes and some tuning, now they’ve really got Black Dog howling. “With removing the 15-pound wastegate springs for 12-pound, adding water methanol injection to the car, we reached 1,480 horsepower after final tuning on the chassis dyno.” says Dave Severson from Lamb Performance. “We could have surpassed our 1,700 horsepower goal with the 15-pound springs, but even at 1,480 it’s still a crazy amount of horsepower.”

Black Dog's Twin-Turbo 427ci LSX is just a few ticks shy of making 1,500 horsepower at the rear wheels.

From a visual stand point, the completed Project Black Dog isn’t exactly a sleeper, or anything close to what most folks would consider “subtle”. The rear fenders were stretched over 8-inches on each side before being sprayed with a sinister black paint job at Prescott Autobody, while a set of 24 x 14 Asanti 3-piece wheels wearing 405/25/24 Pirelli tires take up every square inch of the rear wide-body flares.

The rear quarters on the Camaro were stretched 8-inches on each side to fit the massive 405 Pirellis.

“We made a change on the rear fascia so the exhaust tips were too far in, when we took the car back to Billy Boat Exhaust to lengthen the tips we just decided to delete the mufflers altogether,” Severson says. “With the turbos it’s very quiet, and we wanted it to sound as mean as it looks. So now the car looks mean, sounds mean and has the power to back it up.”

Moving to the interior of the car, it’s top-quality leather as far as the eye can see, and a thumping Kenwood stereo system from Audio Adrenaline. Severson tells us, “We weren’t planning on doing anything more with the stereo other than the Kenwood head unit and backup camera, but we decided to add 1800 watts of power, upgrade all the speakers and add subwoofers for the rare occasion you wanted to hear music not exhaust. Even with the small space we had to work with the stereo just cranks!

If you’re curious about some hard track numbers out of Black Dog, don’t expect them anytime soon. The guys at Lamb and Glassman are being very realistic about how this car will be used. Severson tells us, “There have been lots of people wanting to know track times, but since this was built for the street and not the track we have no plans on getting any track times.”

Even so, if you see a wide-body 5th Gen with a bull-dog stance rolling up in your rear-view mirror, you might want to make way – Black Dog is coming through.

About the author

Clifton Klaverweiden

Clifton has been a car fanatic since his late teens, when he started the restoration of his '67 Camaro. He considers himself a student of automotive science and technology, and particularly loves all things LSX. And, although he has an appreciation for everything, from imports to exotics, his true passion will always be for GM musclecars.
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