Photos and Video Courtesy of Pro Line Racing
It has been no secret that Pro Line Racing has been working on complete ProCharger packages over the last two years with its 481X and HEMI combinations. The variety of setups have been powering Top Sportsman, Pro Modified, and Radial racecars to records and national event wins, just like the company’s proven turbo combinations. As they’ve recorded many 3,000-plus horsepower dyno results, Pro Line Racing felt it was time to get a car on track to help showcase the capabilities in a top door-slammer application and they debuted a 1969 Camaro during the Elite 16 race at the Texas Motorplex this past weekend.
The project began this past summer as Pro Line Racing picked up the rolling chassis from Jerry Bickel Race Cars and began converting it to the supercharged combination. The engine is based on the Alan Johnson Performance Engineering 4.900-inch HEMI engine, normally found in Pro Line’s customer cars that compete in NHRA Pro Modified and Radial vs. The World. The displacement comes in at 548ci while a Visner billet intake manifold sporting 16 Atomizer 700 lb/hr fuel injectors sits on top. Other support parts include an Accufab 125mm throttle body and Aeromotive fuel pump.
The car was shipped to RK Racecraft where the 3,500hp engine was slipped between the framerails along with an M&M Racing Transmission TH400 three-speed transmission and bolt together-torque converter. They also fabbed up a set of monster zoomie headers to complete the package. Homier Fabrications handled the wiring of the FuelTech FT600, FT Spark, and other equipment needed to get the car running. The supercharger of choice is the massive ProCharger F-3X-140 and Crank-Drive system, which is rumored to provide over 40 psi of boost to the HEMI. As the competition gets closer, Pro Line has a F-3X-143 and F-3X-146 on the shelf and ready to go!
Right off the trailer the team dropped into the 3.70s with Pro Line’s Eric Dillard behind the wheel and Steve Petty as the crew chief. With more on-track tuning changes, Dillard clipped the clocks in just 3.67 seconds at over 200 mph, marking the Camaro as the quickest and fastest centrifugally supercharged racecar in the 1/8-mile door-slammer world. They also finished runner-up during the Elite 16 Pro Modified race as foreshadowing what the competition should expect from the Pro Line Racing supercharged package. And to think, that was in the car’s first national event competition with two larger superchargers sitting in the wings.