There’s been a lot of talk lately about the impending automation of a lot of low skill, low wage jobs and the unemployment crisis it is bound to cause. But it’s not just burger flippers at McDonald’s that need to be worried, as autonomous vehicles threaten tens of thousands of truck driving jobs, and there are already factories in Japan that can produce gadgets and components for weeks on end with almost no human interaction.
But there is a line of work that is under no threat from robot overlords, at least not yet, and that’s the career of being a professional car modifier. The Hennessey Performance Engineering Tuner School is helping the next generation of speed freaks learn the craft of building and tuning . To really put their newfound skills to the test takes a contest of speed, with Team Mustang and Team Camaro lining up for some quarter-mile drag racing.
Both cars have had fairly minor work done, with the Tuner School students installing a full exhaust, cold air intake, and camshafts to the black Mustang and Camaro. While the first two mods are basically bolt-ons, swapping cams in these modern V8s is a much more intimate affair. Done wrong, and you’ve made a 400+ horsepower engine into an expensive paperweight.
Team Mustang and Team Camaro drove each other’s cars as well, and the more-powerful-from-the-factory Camaro SS ended up winning the day with the best time. A Team Camaro member also ended the day with the best time in the Mustang. Maybe it’s just something in the water down in Texas, but the Bow-tie guys seemed to have a serious advantage in the 1320.
As far as careers go though, becoming a professional automotive tuner is fairly future-proof, as we don’t expect robots to be calibrating modified cars anytime soon. If that happens though…well, let’s just say we welcome our new robot overlords.