Dave Adkins’ 3-Second LS-Powered Second-Gen Camaro

If you’re in the same situation we are with this whole virus debacle; then odds are you have battened down the hatches at your house trying desperately to avoid everyone in a five-mile radius. While the Coronavirus epidemic might have challenged the way we live and work, for the time being, it’s also affected how much time we spend on the internet. However, this scenario might not be so bad for your entertainment. While we are spending way too much time looking at the interwebs, it’s allowing us to find some cool stories in the LSX world that might have gone unnoticed otherwise.

One such story that we stumbled across in the wee hours of the morning was about racer “Super Dave” Adkins. Back in April 2018 at the Outlaw Street Car Reunion, Dave reset the 1/8-mile LSX record with a 3.87 at 198 mph with his Jerry Bickel Race Cars 1970 Camaro powered by a potent Baker Engineering LS-based engine. Since that time, Dave has managed to go even quicker, pushing the limits of his combination. His most recent accomplishment that we can find while surfing the web is a 3.75 at 199 mph that was achieved at Duck X Productions’ Sweet 16 race in March of 2019 while racing in Radial Vs. The World class.

The engine in the second-gen Camaro consists of a 427 cubic-inch engine that utilizes a Noonan Race Engineering billet block with a set of Ross pistons. The cylinder heads are also a billet aluminum creation from Baker Engineering that works in conjunction with a Brian Tooley Racing/Cam Motion camshaft, PAC springs, and a Thompson Motorsports billet intake manifold. For boost, the team selected a pair of Garrett GTX5533 turbos, TurboSmart wastegates, and blow-off valves to keep boost levels at bay. An RPM Transmission is used with a ProTorque torque converter. TJ Grimes, engine builder and tuner, controls the car with a Holley EFI system at the track.

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Brian Havins

A gearhead for life, Brian is obsessed with all things fast. Banging gears, turning wrenches, and praying while spraying are just a few of his favorite things.
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