NEWSWORTHY> Grunewald Camaro SS Test at Laguna Seca

Hankook Camaro Testing from lab17 on Vimeo.

If you remember, back in September of 2009, MotorMavens was the first to break news of Conrad Grunewald‘s brand new, Hankook Tire sponsored, Chevrolet Camaro SS entering the Formula D Championship. At the time, it was still only a concept and was still being built by Luke Lonberger at BLU808. All we had were a few mid-build photos and renderings, but they still had all of the Motor Mavens readers salivating!

Well, she’s come a long way since then! She’s up and running and looking HOT. While we were checking Facebook this morning, we spotted this video of her first drift runs at Laguna Seca during some “cone course tuning.” Can you say BEAST?! Running 305 wide tires and lighting ‘em up in third gear from 1500 rpm all the way to the redline with no problem, they can definitely check “power” off the to do list. I heard some people on Facebook saying that this car had 2300 HORSEPOWER?! Is that really true?! Twenty three hundred?!?!?!

There’s not really much more we can say about it that you can’t see and hear for yourself. Good Luck to CG Racing and BLU808 with this beautiful new competition Camaro SS! We can’t wait for the Pony Wars to get restarted at Formula Drift!

:: Avon Bellamy

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13 Responses to “NEWSWORTHY> Grunewald Camaro SS Test at Laguna Seca”

  1. Section09 says:

    This thing looks bad ass. Cant wait to see him go up against JTP and JR. It would be awesome if the Mopar charger or challenger were still in the mix too.

  2. I agree! I’d love to see what that Challenger can do. We never got to see it in action… I’m sure it wasn’t intended to become a 1/1 die cast collectible.

  3. PLAGUE MURKZ says:

    in typical american style we just try to over power the competition and screw who has the better technique, lol. is 2300hp really necessary in drifting? how much technique do you really need to swing the back out on a car with 2300hp?

  4. ImprezaKing says:

    If that car is really 2300 HP sure the rear’s gonna kick out easy but won’t it be hard to control? Seems to me like all of the skill would be in trying to keep that monster from spinning in circles.

  5. Luke/ blu808 says:

    No. There was a rumor on the dyno readings due to an error. The car is over 600 hp at the wheels.

    More updates coming soon. Thanks Motormavens as usual for the posting.

    Luke Lonberger

  6. Frey says:

    oh!!! thanks for clearing that up, luke! i was about to say… 2300 is just insane!

  7. brapbrapae86 says:

    i think this car actually looks hard/crappy for drifting even though it has a lot of power…it seems like its un balanced and heavy, but im sure with the right skills and money you can make any thing drift good

  8. Jeff says:


    Come on. 2300HP? Not even a REMOTELY believable rumor. You guys should know better what it takes to make 2300HP.

  9. Daredevil says:

    600 HP is more than enough to get the job done but 2300!? That was a freakin’ funny car dyno figure! The car looks beautiful…not that I would be expected to see it…LOL!

  10. Felixxx says:

    Car doesn’t look all that dialed in yet.. Understandable since it’s brand new, but I wouldn’t have shown a video like that to the world.

    Can’t wait to see the pony car battles this year!

  11. ThunderDrift says:

    hahaha yeah, Ross had me thinking for a few minutes about whether the 2300 mark was a joke or not, but I never took it REALLY seriously…

    Props on the build Luke!


  12. Pat Daly says:

    I like seeing the development and putting it through it’s knocks. Definitely looks a bit rough around the edges at the moment but it’ll be awesome to see it perform when the season begins!

  13. Kira says:

    That thing looks like a retarded elephant bumbling around the track. Hope this thing ends up like the Falken Camaro and dies.

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