James Goad has never been one to pull his punches or hide his intentions on Discovery Channel’s mega-hit Street Outlaws, he’s always wanted to be the fastest, period. That intent goes beyond what you see on TV and bleeds into his adventures racing at the biggest No Prep events and radial tire races. Now, Goad is ready to unleash a new 1969 Camaro creation that will be a triple-threat machine full of innovation and parts that are unlike anything the racing world has seen.
Long before Goad made his appearance on Street Outlaws, he was racing anything he could get behind the wheel of and always looking to go faster. The idea for this new car was hatched based on a simple premise, dominate every type of racing. “We’re making the car a three purpose car so it can No Prep race, radial race, and street race. The Camaro will have all kinds of one-off parts that should help it be good at all three types of racing,” Goad says.
This new Camaro is a legitimate 1969 car with a VIN and title, but it has been transformed into something that would make the original Camaro design team do a double take. “It has a carbon fiber body, but the car has a steel roof and quarters. The body is from Glasstek with their front end, doors deck lid, and hood, plus it has Optic Armor windows. Brent Austin at Bad Boy Metal Shop built the chassis, all the other fab work was done at Dirt Road Customs by Chris Goad,” Goad explains.
The reason for such a radical build is simple, weight. Goad wanted to create a car that is light as possible, and be able to have weight moved around as needed to help the car work on any surface they race on from the track to the street. “Right now the plan is to get this car down to 2,350 pounds with me in it. TMS Titanium provided all the titanium stuff for us that was used to cut the weight out. Everything on this car is either carbon fiber or titanium from the gas pedal to the wheelie bars, every latch, and every fastener,” Goad says.
Having a featherweight car is great, but you need some big power to make use of that advantage and Goad has that base covered. Powering the Camaro will be a 632 cubic-inch monster motor built by Troy Green from Boyd’s Machine. The engine is based on a five-inch bore space Brodix block that is filled with custom JE Pistons, GRP connecting rods, and a 4.5-inch stroke Callies crank. Bringing the air into the motor is a custom Hogan’s Racing Manifolds intake. The heads are a set of PB-500 units from Brodix that will feature a Howards Cams valvetrain, T&D billet chromoly rocker arms, and Trend pushrods.
An engine like this takes a lot of oil to keep lubricated, so a custom Moroso oiling system had to be fabricated to get the job done. Keeping the engine cool is a custom GC Cooling radiator and fan setup to speed up the turnaround time between runs. Everything was plumbed by Roadrunner Performance fittings to ensure all fluids will stay in the correct locations when the Camaro is running down the track.
A big motor wouldn’t be complete without at a giant blower right? Hanging off the front of the Camaro’s engine will be a new F-3X -143 from ProCharger. Kyle Kirker form New Era Racecraft built a special drive unit for this blower that incorporated the Aeromotive fuel pump and Moroso vacuum pump. “We’re helping ProCharger test this new blower and are in the final stages now with this engine. We need to tame it down because it’s violent, and the boost is just insane,” Goad explains.
Behind the motor will be a custom Neal Chance Racing Converters billet torque converter that is built to specifically work with this engine and the custom ATI Performance Products transmission. Putting the power down is a Chassis Engineering chrome moly Fab-9 rearend that’s filled with a Strange Engineering center section, axles, and topped off with Strange brakes. Santhuff struts in the front and shocks in the rear will handle all the dampening duties for the Camaro.
The most unique thing about Goad’s new Camaro could be the way fuel is delivered into the engine. Tuner Travis Quillen has developed a new electronically controlled, mechanical fuel injection system that could change how racers approach bringing fuel into their powerplant. There are similar systems on blower cars currently that use lean out or enrichment valves, but Quillen’s system brings a new level of control to the process.
“This setup is a 100% mechanical system that I have developed a device for that allows fuel delivery to be controlled by an electronic fuel injection system, in particular, the Holley Dominator EFI fuel injection system. This all works because the Holley system has some tools that allow the system to be configured to work with how everything is set up. The fuel is introduced into the runner with two different nozzles. One nozzle is there to use on startup and have the car run on, the second nozzle comes on as boost comes up and has a larger nozzle jet and introduces the bulk amount of fuel. We can control the rate the fuel comes in and how much fuel comes with the Holley ECU,” Quillen says.
The entire purpose of this new system is to keep things simple and provide control over how fuel is brought into the engine. “What I’ve done is designed a single valve that controls the mechanical fuel injection system for the entire run, from the second they start the car, to when they pull the chutes at the end. It gives you the control of electronic fuel injection with the simple nature of mechanical fuel injection,” Quillen explains.
At this time the Camaro has only seen testing on the dyno to get a base tune in the car. Goad has been very tight lipped about any additional details of the build and if the car will even make it to “The List” or not. “If you want to get the whole story you’re going to have to tune into next season of Street Outlaws. You will get to see the entire build there and see everything that happens,” Goad Says.
One thing is clear, the next season of Street Outlaws is going to be the fastest yet with the possibility of new cars coming on, rivalries heating up, and much more on the line. If you want to see what happens with Goad’s new wild Camaro you’ll need to tune in when season 10 drops!