- Nathan Gibbs

Rally crossing a current gen muscle car just looks like pure fun

Nathan Gibbs takes his 2.0 liter turbocharged Gen 6 Camaro 1LE rally crossing.

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The muscle cars from Dodge, Ford, and Camaro with the Challenger, Mustang, and Camaro are a simple formula. Cool looking chassis, bunch of power, and send to the rear wheels gives you pure fun. One particular Camaro owner thought he would take that fun to a unique place - a rallycross course.

Nathan Gibbs owns a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four 2019 Camaro RS 1LE. Gibbs equipped his track package Camaro with an off road wheel/tire set and off he took it to go rallycrossing.

Nathan Gibbs

Nathan Gibbs

“Rallycross was the end result of a slippery slope of modifications and adventures. It all started with my realizing that the factory 20” wheels weren’t well suited to SoCal’s gnarly roads. I thought I should get a daily-driving set of wheels, and found that Falken made an A/T tire that’d fit on 18” wheels on the Camaro. (Wildpeak A/T Trail, 235/55/18). I though, what the heck, might as well. Next thing I know, I saw a rallycross event local to me. Thought again, what the heck, might as well. It turned out to be really fun!,” says Gibbs.

Nathan Gibbs

Nathan Gibbs

As you can see in the video above, the Camaro looks at home on a rallycross course.

Gibbs told DriveTribe “The 2.0 Turbo Camaros have a few things in their favor at rallycross. First, they’re decently light for their size at around 3,200 pounds. Second, that weight is distributed 50-50 across the axles and handling is quite predictable. Third, lots and lots of torque from the 2.0-liter engine is really helpful. Finally, and most importantly, all manual-transmission Camaros include a limited-slip differential as a standard feature. It puts power down quite well for a RWD car on dirt.”

The Camaro has the following upgrades: Black Rhino Boxer wheels (18x8.5” +12 offset), Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail tires, Rallyarmor mud flaps, and ZL1 Addons jack pads for easier wheel/tire swaps. Gibbs told us a Mishimoto silicone induction hose on the way to free up airflow in the intake.

Can we agree that we need more current gen muscle cars shredding in the dirt? Until you follow suit, Gibbs will continue to pave the way.

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