1978 Camaro with a Supercharged LS3

1978 Camaro with a Supercharged LS3

When Finnish drifter Mikko Viitala started looking for a new race car he didn’t want to start from scratch and it had to be different. He met both those goals after finding a 1978 Z28 Camaro which had previously competed in Roadsport V8 racing. The car came without an engine and transmission but did have a rollcage, upgraded suspension and brakes.

1978 Camaro with a Supercharged LS3

1978 Camaro with a Supercharged LS3

Mikko didn’t like the late second-gen appearance and changed it to a 1970 RS model. Fiberglass front, hood, doors, trunklid, and bumpers found their way on the Camaro. To complete the appearance change he made the rear window smaller and added a 1970 steel rear panel with signature four brake lights.

1978 Camaro with a Supercharged LS3

1978 Camaro with a Supercharged LS3

1978 Camaro with a Supercharged LS3

The engine has been continuously upgraded over the years as Mikko has sought out more performance. The current setup is a 6.2 L LS3 crate engine with an upgraded Lunati Voodoo cam, Lunati Gold Patriot double spring set, KMS 1210 cc injectors, and a Paxton NOVI-2200SL supercharger. Running on E85 fuel and controlled by a Tatech ECU the engine produces 825 hp and 1000 Nm (737.5 lb-ft) at 15 psi of boost.

1978 Camaro with a Supercharged LS3

1978 Camaro with a Supercharged LS3

1978 Camaro with a Supercharged LS3

Behind the engine sits a Clutch Masters FX500 clutch and flywheel connected to an upgraded Tremec T-56 six-speed manual transmission. The Camaro still retains the factory 12-bolt rear end with Eaton Posi with 4.10 gears and Moser axles.

1978 Camaro with a Supercharged LS3

1978 Camaro with a Supercharged LS3

The front suspension is made from SPC adjustable upper arms, custom lower arms, custom spindles, modified Volvo 240 steering rack, and electric power steering from an Opel Corsa C. The rear suspension is a custom four-link and panhard bar.

1978 Camaro with a Supercharged LS3

1978 Camaro with a Supercharged LS3

1978 Camaro with a Supercharged LS3

1978 Camaro with a Supercharged LS3

1978 Camaro with a Supercharged LS3

1978 Camaro with a Supercharged LS3

Source: DriftWorks (build thread) and Autoviitala Drift Team FB page via ESD reader Piotr

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