This fourth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 has been turned into a hill climb monster thanks to a 600 horsepower engine.
We have the Hillclimb Monsters YouTube channel to thank for this incredible video of a tricked out 1995 Camaro Z/28. The fourth-generation of Camaros were always particularly slick, but this one has been given the full treatment and an engine upgrade so its 5.7-L pushrod V8 now puts out over twice the number of horses as it was born with.
The Z/28 started life with 275 hp, and while we’re not sure exactly what’s going on under the hood, the video has the unmistakable sound of something turning this V8 into a demonic source of noise and power. We would have guessed a supercharger judging by the slight whine, but the video description assures us this baby is all naturally aspirated.
From what we can see, it looks like there’s been an exhaust refit to have the pipes pointing out the sides rather than all the way to the back. It’s wearing Hoosier racing slicks, seems to be sporting a full roll cage, and probably even has plexiglass for the windshields rather than standard automotive glass. There’s also a clear lip spoiler riding on the trunk.
That beautiful vista that plays a backdrop to the screaming Camaro is Knox Mountain in far away British Columbia, Canada. Every year, dozens of tricked-out cars ascend Knox Mountain, put on by Leavitt Machinery Knox Mountain Hill Climb. The course is 2.2 miles long, has 10 major turns, and goes up over 800 feet skyward from the race’s starting point.
Our heroic Camaro was driven by Ryan Jansen of Jansen Ltd. Excavating, and he makes ascending Knox Mountain look easy in his tricked-out machine. The video says there was “plenty of controlled sliding”, which is a funny way of saying he did a few expert drifts on some of the latter turns during the race.
If you’ve still got a mid-‘90s Camaro lying around, consider getting in contact with Jansen Ltd. to see just how they modded their hill climbing Chevy. And then report back with what they told you--we’re all dying to know.