Famed custom car creators Mike and Jim Ring never bring a knife to a gunfight, and that held true at the 2014 SEMA Show. The 980 horsepower cruise missile constructed out of aircraft-grade alloys and composites and covered in paint befitting a war machine is named “Recoil”. Recoil certainly isn’t your average 1966 Chevelle.
To get down to business “Recoil” gets its muscle from a Whipple-supercharged Wegner Motorsports LS7 engine that outputs 980 horsepower. Special one-off fuel rail covers were precisely constructed for the Whipple supercharger to exactly match the design of the blower’s case. A Holley Fuel Injection System with an Aeromotive fuel cell and pump were installed to keep the 91 Octane fuel feeding the monster powerplant. Flowmaster mufflers assist the roar of the engine while Royal Purple XPR Extreme Performance Racing Oil keeps the engine running at its maximum potential. Power is harnessed by a Tremec T56 Magnum transmission reworked by Bowler matted to a Dynotech driveshaft sends the nearly 1,000 horses to the John’s Industries Ford 35 Spline nine-inch rear end.
Getting the Chevelle in motion are the brand new three-piece forged wheels called “Recoil,” a new model in the Ringbrothers wheel series from HRE that also made their debut at the SEMA Show. Measuring 19×9 and 20×13, these custom rollers and are shod with 275/35/19 tires up front and massive 345/30/20 tires in the back.
Aside from the vast amount of power on display what makes “Recoil” a step above other customer cars is the attention to details. ”Almost every body panel has been nipped and trimmed ever so slightly to make sure it has the the right visual dimensions. An inch off the bumper here; a half-inch off the rocker there. And there’s bits of brilliance like that scattered everywhere” said Mike.
The interior of the Chevelle is completely race-ready and is designed with form over function in mind. The entire interior was fabricated by hand from sheet metal and several interior pieces, including the floor, door panels and seats, were meticulously hydro-dipped to match the carbon fiber found throughout the car. Five point racing harnesses keep the driver and passenger firmly planted in custom crafted seats while a Racepak gauge cluster in a custom Ringbrothers billet housing displays all of the information the driver needs to go fast while keeping tabs on the car’s vital signs.
“Recoil” is finished in a custom Glasurit 90-Line Waterborne paint color named “Sand Storm,” and is adorned with custom, hand-laid carbon fiber panels and trim pieces that show off the highly detailed fit and finish Ringbrothers is known for, including the bumpers, mirrors, hood, trunk and inner fenders.
Mike says “It (Recoil) rides like a new Chevy truck … well, until you get on it… This thing’s like the Tasmanian devil, all tires and motor and hell until third gear,” he laughs. “Especially with my brother driving…”