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Ringbrothers Debuts 1966 Chevy Chevelle at 2014 SEMA

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1966 Chevy Chevelle Front Three Quarter© Provided by Hotrod 1966 Chevy Chevelle Front Three Quarter

When it comes to the SEMA show, subtlety is not a virtue usually found, either in its display vehicles, its parts or the models that pose with the cars and products. The bigger, brighter the car or bolt-ons, the more they fit in. So when Ringbrothers debuted the Recoil ’66 Chevelle, it was shocking in its color choice.

"Recoil" is finished in a custom BASF Glasurit 90-Line Waterborne paint color named "Sand Storm," and is adorned with custom, hand-laid carbon fiber panels and trim pieces that show off the highly detailed fit and finish Ringbrothers is known for, including the bumpers, mirrors, hood, trunk and inner fenders. The carbon fiber cloth used on the parts for "Recoil" is from the Mirage line of materials that are custom designed by Composite Envisions. The material is woven in a 2x2 Twill style which is the most popular weave style among automotive enthusiasts in the U.S. This material is a hybrid of high strength, aerospace grade carbon fiber and a beautiful pure silver plated copper wire. Adding the wire to the carbon fiber provides the ability to retain the high strength that carbon fiber is known for while also giving a high end cosmetic appeal that creates an exclusive part while saving time and money with no post finishing required such as painting. The unique combination provides a very exclusive, ultra-high end cosmetic part with strength characteristics that far exceed aluminum and steel parts while providing a significant weight savings.

1966 Chevy Chevelle Interior Dashboard© Provided by Hotrod 1966 Chevy Chevelle Interior Dashboard

While it may be subdued in its color choice, the rest of Recoil is rather bold. Mike and Jim Ring installed a 980 horsepower Whipple-supercharged Wegner Motorsports LS7 in the ’66 Chevelle. Special one-off fuel rail covers were constructed for the Whipple supercharger to exactly match the design of the blower’s case. A Holley fuel injection system with an Aeromotive fuel cell and pump were installed to keep premium pump gas flowing. Not surprising since the car debuted in the Royal Purple booth, the LS uses Royal Purple XPR Extreme Performance Racing oil.

The nearly 1000-horse beast is backed by a Tremec T56 Magnum transmission reworked by Bowler. Finally, a Dynotech driveshaft sends the power to a John’s Industries 9-inch rear end.

1966 Chevy Chevelle Ls7 Engine© Provided by Hotrod 1966 Chevy Chevelle Ls7 Engine Getting the Chevelle in motion are the brand new three-piece forged wheels called "Recoil," a new model in the Ringbrothers wheel series from HRE that also made their debut at the SEMA Show. Measuring 19x9 and 20x13, these custom rollers and are shod with 275/35/19 tires up front and massive 345/30/20 tires in the back.

The interior of the Chevelle is completely race-ready and is designed with form over function in mind. The entire interior was fabricated by hand from sheet metal and several interior pieces, including the floor, door panels and seats, were meticulously hydro-dipped to match the carbon fiber found throughout the car. Five point racing harnesses keep you firmly planted in the the custom crafted seats while a Racepak gauge cluster in a custom Ringbrothers billet housing displays all of the information the driver needs to go fast while keeping tabs on the car’s vital signs.

1966 Chevy Chevelle Interior© Provided by Hotrod 1966 Chevy Chevelle Interior
VehicleRingbrothers 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle "Recoil"
ThemeRefined race car – race interior; show car exterior
EngineWegner Motorsports Inc. LS7 980 hp RHS Block and Head
Forced InductionWhipple twin-screw supercharger, Meziere Intercooler Pump
Engine OilRoyal Purple XPR Extreme Performance Racing Oil
Engine Oil Weight5W30
Engine ExtrasHolley Fuel Injection System
TransmissionCustom Tremec by Bowler
Transmission OilRoyal Purple Synchromax Manual Transmission Fluid
Rear End ManufacturerJohn’s Industries
Rear End Type35 Spline 9" Ford
Drive ShaftDynotech
Differential OilRoyal Purple Max Gear
Differential Oil Weight70W90 SAE
Additional DetailsMAXFILM® Multipurpose Synthetic Lubricant
TypeRack and Pinion
Steering ColumnIdidit
Power Steering FluidRoyal Purple – Max-EZ Power Steering Fluid
SeatsCustom by Ringbrothers
UpholsteryUpholstery Unlimited
GaugesClassic Instruments Boost Gauge, Racepak gauge cluster
A/C SystemVintage Air
Stereo System
Head UnitPioneer
Wheels and Tires
Wheel Manufacturer/ModelHRE/Ringbrothers Recoil
Front Wheel Size19x9.5
Rear Wheel Size20x13
Tire Manufacturer/ModelMichelin Pilot Super Sport
Front Tire Size275/35/19
Rear Tire Size345/30/20
Paint ManufacturerBASF Glasurit Waterborne
Paint ColorSand Storm
Paint BoothGlobal Finishing Solutions Ringbrothers Performer Booth
Tail light lensAM Hot Rod Glass
Carbon fiber materialComposite Envisions
Carbon fiber partsGemini Racing
Fuel Type91 Octane
Fuel PumpAeromotive
Fuel Tank/CellAeromotive
Fuel ManagementAeromotive
FluidsRoyal Purple Max-Clean Fuel System Cleaner & Stabilizer
Front ManufacturerBaer
Front Caliper Specs6R 6-Piston
Rear ManufacturerBaer
Rear Caliper Specs6R 6-Piston
Battery LocationTrunk
Battery ManufacturerOPTIMA
Header ManufacturerFlowmaster
Header DetailsCustomized by Ringbrothers
Exhaust ManufacturerFlowmaster Stainless
FluidsRoyal Purple – Purple Ice Radiator Coolant Additive
ChassisRoadster Shop Custom
Front Suspension ManufacturerRoadster Shop
Front Suspension TypeC5 Corvette Independent
Rear Suspension ManufacturerRoadster Shop
Rear Suspension Type4-Link
Shock ManufacturerAFCO
Sway BarsRoadster Shop


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