The 2014 SEMA show was a very good one for American muscle, with cars like the Ford Mustang King Cobra and the revival of the famous Yenko Camaro. But the SEMA Muscle Crown, if there is such a thing, goes to a car named “Recoil.” It’s a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle with 980 horsepower and an interior that’s ready for combat. This bad boy is the brainchild of the vehicular craftsmen at Ringbrothers, and they say it’s more than just a sick burnout machine: it’s a “street capable track car.”
Power comes from a Whipple-supercharged Wegner Motorsports LS7 equipped with parts like a Holley fuel injection system, an Aeromotive fuel cell and pump and Flowmaster mufflers. It’s all bolted to a reworked Tremec T56 Magnum transmission.
So, 980 horsepower? That’s all well and good. But even better is the interior, which was hand-fabricated and features five-point racing harness seats, a Racepak gauge cluster, and carbon fibre basically everywhere. The Ringbrothers say the cockpit of a fighter aircraft inspired the inside. Legally speaking, we do believe Recoil qualifies as a weapon of mass destruction it at least a few countries. Cars don’t get much more badass than this.
At last we now know what the mysterious King Cobra Mustang is. It’s a plethora of Ford Racing parts’ packages that when combined make the new pony car very powerful and very fast. This particular car comes loaded with a Drag Pack, Handling Pack and Super Pack supercharger kit.
Equipped with a 2.3-liter TVS/Roush supercharger, the 5.0L V8 gets more than 600 horsepower. And when it has drag radials, it can run the quarter mile in 10.97 seconds. Other tweaks from the three packages include heavy-duty half shafts, a rear sub-frame kit with high-performance bushings, and a one-inch lower ride height due to a revised suspension, a stabilizer bar, high-flow fuel injectors, an intercooler, and a retuned ECU.
That makes it, what, 20 times faster than the 1978 King Cobra, or something like that. As for the body, that’s a snakeskin wrap from 3M, after all, it’s not a King Cobra unless it’s garish as hell.