The Fifth-Gen Camaro is a great platform from the factory. With an enormous amount of aftermarket support in go-fast parts from all various parts suppliers, the Camaro has become the outfit for many when it comes to upgrades. Such is the case, aftermarket super hero, Livernois Motorsports, wasn’t going to live with just any fifth-gen Camaro. In fact, they decided more was better and didn’t want to rely on the traditional round of bolt-on’s to achieve their goal. So, Livernois dropped out the factory LS3 powerplant and swapped in a Chevrolet Performance 454ci big-block LSX (PN 19244611) for good measure.
In an effort to provide you, the readers, with the most up-to-date progress in the aftermarket when it comes to all-out Chevys, we’ve located this unique swap from Livernois Motorsports from TheBLOCK.com. There we got the scoop including, their theory behind pulling out the factory engine, what makes the 454ci big-block LSX a great candidate and how well it performed on the dyno. We’ve even included some of their build photos along the way.
We can assure you, the Livernois Motorsports 2010 Camaro shop car isn’t your ordinary ride. Check below to find out more on this setup.
According to TheBLOCK.com, “the goal was to have the car maintain its stock-like drivability and sound, while summoning greater power from the LSX454. And when all was said and done with this portion of their build, you can see a substantial improvement in torque over the entire RPM range, with final dyno numbers coming in at 471.09 HP and 465.06 max torque.”
Livernois Motorsports 2010 Camaro had already been through a slew of bolt-on’s, with different stages of modifications. However, their most recent adventure has created a completely reliable fifth-gen Camaro albeit, now sporting the tune and tone of a big-block Chevy. Further investigation proved even more upgrades to the LSX 454. “We installed a Chevrolet Performacne LSX 454 crate engine, but before it went inot the car we removed the camshaft and installed a Livernois-specific, Stage 1C ‘stealth’ camshaft” said, Livernois Motorsports’ Marketing Manager, Rick LeBlanc.
LeBlanc continued, “The plan was to have a car that had stock like drivability with the OEM converter, with little to no change in idle characteristics or sound. We were going to use stock exhaust manifolds, but they wouldn’t fit due to the extra bolt holes on the LSX heads, so we used a set of shorty headers (with stock cats) in their place along with a Corsa catback. It sounds like a stock Camaro with a catback when standing next to it. From the rear there is a small hint of a mild lope, but most people think it’s stock.”
Livernois Motorsports also made sure their LSX big-block could stretch all of its cubic-inches. To accomplish this, Livernois also installed a set of shorty headers, a Corsa catback exhaust system and Rotofab cold air intake system.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t fit all of our finding in just one post. To catch up with Rick LeBlanc from Livernois Motorsports about this particular 2010 Camaro shop car, be sure to pick up where we left off over at TheBLOCK.com.
There, TheBLOCK.com has provided the entire interview about the Camaro as well as discussing some tips and tricks along the way; making the install into your current Camaro project go a lot smoother.
We’ve also included this short video, below the dyno sheet, outlining some nicely edited footage of the Livernois Motorsports 2010 Camaro shop car build. Make sure to turn up your speakers. Hopefully, your smile will be just as big as ours. Even further below sit the photo gallery, just in case you need some motivation to save on your computer desktop.