Ringbrothers 1969 Camaro “STRODE” Spotted at 2022 SEMA Show
Ringbrothers unveiled their 1969 Camaro “STRODE” this week at the 2022 SEMA Show. A thorough reengineering of iconic American muscle, the 1969 Chevy Camaro is a complete, ground-up build utilizing extensive carbon-fiber construction and components merged with a modern drivetrain, chassis and suspension. With only two parts of the original Camaro used, STRODE took over 6,500 hours to complete and is a testament to the high-end design, engineering capabilities and rigorous build quality of Ringbrothers.
Much of that labor involved meticulously constructing STRODE’s bespoke carbon-fiber body. Not just a reproduction of the Camaro’s original body, Ringbrothers widened the new carbon-fiber version by five inches. The rocker panels are lowered, the center of the roof recessed and a new lengthened and reshaped hood helps push air into relocated intake vents. Further carbon-fiber touches include custom fender scoops, tucked front and rear bumpers, diffusers, valances and a spoiler all covered in BASF Glasurit Ghost White paint. Modern comforts and conveniences come from a fully custom interior by Upholstery Unlimited appointed with a JL Audio sound system, Dakota Digital gauges and a Vintage Air Gen IV climate control system. A hand-fabricated roll cage protects the occupants while a rear seat delete sheds additional weight.
“We wanted to push the limits of what we can do and showcase our capabilities with STRODE,” said Ringbrothers co-owner Mike Ring. “It is a radical rethink of the original Chevy Camaro, expanding its dimensions and levels of performance. With its one-off carbon-fiber body and thousands of hours of custom work, there has never been another Camaro like it. Of course, we must thank our partners Motul, HRE Wheels, BASF, Miller Welding, Flowmaster and others for helping to make STRODE something even Michael Myers can’t catch.”
“The build process of STRODE shows what can be accomplished using cutting-edge techniques, painstaking levels of detail and imagination,” added Ringbrothers co-owner Jim Ring. “We digitally modeled the original Camaro body and rendered a more aggressive version of it in carbon fiber. Custom 3D-printed and billet-machined parts were also manufactured and paired with advanced components to make STRODE extremely capable and comfortable.”
Backing up the newfound aggression of STRODE’s improved visuals and offering significant strides in performance are a modern drivetrain, chassis and suspension. A Wegner Motorsports LS3 topped with a Whipple supercharger provides a healthy 1,010 horsepower with a Holley Dominator EFI system mixing fuel and air. Spent gases exhale through hand-built headers and Flowmaster mufflers. Helping to put the power to the ground is a reworked Bowler Tremec T-56 Mangum six-speed manual transmission and a John’s Industries 9-inch rear end. A Detroit Speed Engineering hydroformed subframe attaches to Roadster Shop FAST TRACK independent front and rear suspension damped with QA1 MOD Series coilovers. The front wheels are moved forward three inches for improved stance and handling. HRE Wheels Ringbrothers G-Code Edition wheels wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires provide grip, while Baer Brakes bring STRODE to a rapid stop.
Ringbrothers offers a host of products for the Camaro, including hood and trunk hinge kits, steering wheels, universal parts and more. Visit www.ringbrothers.com for more details.
Photos by John Jackson & Zach Miller