The Detroit Speed Inc. 1987 IROC Camaro DSE-Z project wrapped up it’s first day of track testing at Carolina Motorsports Park last week, and there are videos and pictures of the asphalt assault. The company has been rolling out media this week and we’ve compiled some of them right here.
While track times, data and analysis have yet to be released, the company did tease that more testing at various tracks will be upcoming. The first video show the car teasing around the shop prior to hitting the track, testing where most enthusiasts test: closed private roads with room to stretch the legs.
On-Track with the DSE-Z
The next video is an on-track hot lap with DSE founder Kyle Tucker behind the wheel. No stranger to competitive driving, Tucker has previously competed in the famed and grueling Baja 1000 race.
Destination Garage sat down with Tucker after testing to get his thoughts on the project and it’s on-track manners.
“That was just putsin’ around, it’s got way more left in it,” posted Tucker after testing.
Under the Hood
Powering the Camaro is a General Motors LS7 V8 by Mast Motorsports that spins up to an incredible 8,500 rpm, though the total power output has yet to be revealed. Presumably modified upon the the 700 horsepower Black Label crate engine by Mast, which comes with a hefty price tag of $26,995.
The extensive build has been well documented with photographs on the company web page can be found here.
The upgrades aren’t just limited to suspension and chassis components; which DSE is well-known for in the aftermarket performance industry. A Holley Dominator EFI system, Baer Brakes, CenterForce Clutch and BF Goodrich tires all contribute to the high-end build.
Third-generation F-bodies – particularly Camaros – are often associated with mullets and chewing tobacco enthusiasts. However, the DSE-Z is a strong departure in the right direction for the iconic, now becoming-collectable sports car.
As such, enthusiasts that were coming of age during the 1980’s performance cars era get older, and have more disposable income, it would appear the third-generation F-bodies will see an increase in collectability and continued aftermarket performance parts support and innovation.
While most won’t be able to afford a full build like the DSE-Z, the available technology and components will substantially improve the aging platform over stock equipped contemporaries.