Seibon Carbon: 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS – A Matter Of Pride
National Guardsman Finds Patriotic Inspiration Through 2010 Camaro Build
Nic Ashby’s calling card as an automotive tuner is his ability to turn around a project car, start to finish, in about 45 days. Chalk it up to his military background and the efficiency and planning he utilizes as a superintendent for a construction firm in his native California. Ashby’s tuning business, LDRSHIP Designs, was tapped by General Motors to modify one of eight 2010 Camaros to be displayed at the 2009 SEMA show. With only 45 days to work on it before the premier automotive aftermarket show on the planet, Ashby turned out a car that won three major awards, including two from GM (Most Innovative and Best Parts and Accessories) and the Best Domestic award from Sony’s Gran Turismo video game.
Starting with a six-speed, LS3-equipped SS, Ashby looked to employ the National Guard’s “At This Moment” marketing campaign in his build. The final, supercharged car rolled onto the show floor in Las Vegas resplendent in glossy-black paint and carbon-fiber body panels, with a full-custom leather interior adorned with tributes to the mission of the National Guard.
Ashby sourced components from suppliers all over the world, demonstrating the diversity of the military and its ability to change and evolve with the times. A hand-airbrushed, marbleized blue stripe carries the National Guard logo along each side of the car. Inside the car, the seven Army Values-Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage-are on display.
Airhead Kustoms, located in Corona, California, played a critical role in the creation of the car, essentially serving as the home shop for the build. They handled the paint and interior portions of the build, stitching together six full hides while covering practically the entire cabin in leather. Well-known carbon-fiber purveyor Seibon produced a hood, fenders, trunk and spoiler, front lip, rear valance, and side skirts for the car. In addition, Seibon provided the carbon-fiber seats for the interior. These were torn down to the shells by Airhead and then built up again, covered in leather, and stitched with thread that matches the stock Camaro SS trim exactly.
Many other sponsors used the car to prototype 2010 Camaro parts. Paxton borrowed the car for a while to install a centrifugal supercharger, complete with a menacing front-mount intercooler. They returned the car to Ashby completely buttoned-down and tuned, with dyno results showing 525 rear-wheel horsepower using 91 octane pump gas.
“I was worried about putting that much power through a jointed driveshaft,” Ashby says, noting that the engine transfers power to the rear end more efficiently now.
Another sponsor was BBS, which produced one-off CH-R wheels in an intimidating black shade.
The end result is a car that showcases new components and communicates the National Guard’s message. Ashby appreciated the positive response the car received, particularly from the GM design team.
“It’s pretty amazing to take a car, build it, and then hand it back to the designers who created the car, and having them say, ‘Wow, you improved on what we did,” Ashby says.
“I’m basically an import guy,” Ashby added. “My biggest hurdle was maintaining my tuner status, but building an American car that the hot rod enthusiast would respect.”
“Working on imports is fun, and I have lifelong friends in that world,” Ashby says,” but working on American cars, there’s a different sense of pride-like a Japanese person would have working on a JDM car-this is your heritage.”
2010 Camaro SS
Owner: Nicholas Ashby
Block: LS3, 376 cid
Compression Ratio: 10.7:1
Heads: Stock LS3, 2.165 intake, 1.59 exhaust valves
Cam: Stock LS3, 204/211 duration at 0.050, 0.551/0.525-inch lift, 117.5 LSA
Rocker arms: Stock 1.8 ratio
Pistons: Stock hypereutectic
Crankshaft: Stock nodular iron
Rods: Stock powdered metal
Throttle body: Stock
Fuel injectors: 66 lb/hr
Fuel pump: Stock with Paxton booster
Ignition: Stock coil-near-plug
Engine management: Stock, tuned by Diablo Sport/Paxton
Power Adder: Paxton Novi-1200SL
Boost: 7.5 psi
Intercooler: Paxton air-to-air
Exhaust: JBA 1 5/8-inch long-tube headers, X-pipe with high-flow cats, 3-inch exhaust
Clutch: ACT Performance
Driveshaft: Inland Empire one-piece, 3-inch
Front Suspension: KW Suspension Variant 2 coilovers and sway bar, stock control arms
Rear Suspension: KW Suspension Variant 2 coilovers and sway bar, stock control arms
RearEnd: Stock IRS, 3.45 gear, axles, posi
Brakes: Brembo four-piston front, rear
Wheels: BBS CH-R 20×9 front, 20×10.5 rear
Tires: Hankook V12 245/40/20 front, 275/35/20 rear
Fuel Octane: 91
Body: Seibon carbon-fiber hood, trunk, spoiler, front lip, rear valance, side skirts, and fenders, SEM paint
Interior: Custom leather panels, custom carbon-fiber racing seats covered in black leather, Takata racing harnesses, Memphis Car Audio 6″ component, 6×9 rear deck, 4″ center, two DVC 12″ subwoofers, two 4.55 four-channel amplifiers
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