Video: Bolt-On 5th-Gen 1LE Camaro vs McLaren MP4-12C

Although the fifth generation Camaro platform has officially retired in favor of the all-new sixth generation, we’re pretty confident that when modified, the ’10-’14 Camaro can still make for a respectable contender against the current competition.

Images Source: Rob Mattei

Images Source: Rob Mattei

A perfect example of that ideology is Rob Mattei‘s 2013 Camaro SS 1LE. During the California Airstrip Attack, a half-mile race at the popular SHIFT-S3CTOR event, Mattei is paired against a McLaren MP4-12C in the boxing ring, and he’s not going down without a fight.

Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 10.07.32 AMGRMattei’s 1LE Camaro sports an array of respectable components. The car has been upgraded with the usual bolt-on affairs, such as a FAST LSXR 102mm intake manifold and throttle-body combination, along with a Roto-Fab cold-air-intake system, a pair of long tube headers, an upgraded camshaft, and a custom tuning calibration from Synergy Motorsports. That combination has allowed Mattei’s Camaro to achieve low 12s in the quarter-mile, with hopes of making a high 11s pass with some additional tuning. So how does the car stack up against a McLaren 12C? Quite well, actually. During the half-mile event captured by YouTube channel BayAreaRacing, Mattei and his 1LE Camaro finished the event only 12 MPH down from the alleged supercar.

For a bolt-on naturally-aspirated V8 car that weighs almost 1,000 pounds more than its competition, Mattei’s 1LE held up excellently against the smaller and lighter twin-turbocharged McLaren 12C.

We think it really goes to show how far the LS engine can go when modified, and Mattei’s fifth-gen Camaro is definitely a testament to that. What do you think this Camaro could achieve with forced induction?

About the author

Harrison Noble

Living in San Diego for most of his life, Harrison was exposed to a variety of cars at an early age. His passion for anything that is fast, or has a V8, brought him to Power Automedia.
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