Just as impressive is the fact that the big LS7 produces 530 lb-ft at just 2,500 rpm. "We could easily pick up another 30-40 hp with a bigger cam, but the compromise in driveability wouldn't be worth it," Mike says. "The motor peaks at a very reasonable 6,200 rpm, and it carries most of it all the way to 6,600 before the power starts dropping off. This car is so tame our customers' wives have no problem jumping in it and driving it around town. The stock clutch has held up remarkably well, so its light pedal and smooth take-up make the driving experience even more enjoyable. It even gets 26 mpg on the freeway."

As anyone who has driven a fifth-gen can attest, perhaps the most impressive aspect of the car is how well sorted the chassis and brakes are from the factory. Tacking on hundreds of extra horsepower doesn't adversely affect the Camaro's impeccable handling balance the least bit and, as such, Mike didn't mess around with the suspension much at all. Other than a set of Eibach lowering springs, the suspension is completely stock. Forgestar F-14 wheels, measuring 20x9 up front and 22x11 in the rear, add some flash and extra contact patch without looking too over-the-top.

Not one to sit idle on his achievements, Mike is already planning his next move. He's salivating over the upcoming launch of the factory-blown fifth-gen Z28 and, if things go according to plan, he'll be the owner of the most powerful production Camaro ever built in the near future. "You have to keep moving on to the newest platforms to stay on top in the LS market and once the Z28 comes out we're going to do this all over again," he says. Of course, the real beneficiaries in all this are the legions of dedicated fifth-gen owners already out there. The Camaro has reached hallowed performance milestones quicker than any other new car platform in memory and, as long as people like Mike keep "practicing" on the latest and greatest the General has to offer, things aren't going to slow down any time soon.

Tech Check
Owner: Mike Whitestone - Pearland, Texas
Vehicle: 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS

Engine
Type: GM LS7
Displacement: 457 ci
Compression Ratio: 11.4:1
Bore: 4.135 inches
Stroke: 4.250 inchesv Cylinder Heads: Factory LS7 rectangular-port castings ported to 400 cfm by West Coast Cylinder Heads
Rotating Assembly: Callies steel
crankshaft and 6.125-inch connecting rods; Wiseco pistons
Pushrods: COMP Cams
Camshaft: COMP 243/254-at-0.050 hydraulic roller; .660/.660-inch lift; 115-degree LSA
Intake: Factory LS7 intake manifold, Rotofab cold-air induction system
Fuel System: Stock
Ignition: Stock coils, MSD plug wires
Exhaust: Kooks 2.00-inch long-tube headers and dual 3-inch mufflers; custom X-pipe and high-flow catalytic converters
Output: 700 hp at 6,200 rpm and 626 lb-ft at 5,200 rpm
Built By: HK Racing Engines (Houston, TX)
Final Tune: Factory PCM tuned by G-Force Motorsports

Drivetrain
Transmission: Tremec TR6060 trans, stock LS7 clutch, Hurst shifters
Rear Axle: Stock GM multi-link independent rear suspension

Chassis
Steering: Stock
Front Suspension: Stock with Eibach springs
Rear Suspension: Stock with Eibach springs
Brakes: Factory 14-inch rotors and Brembo four-piston calipers, front; 14.4-inch rotors and Brembo four-piston calipers, rear

Wheels & Tires
Wheels: Forgestar F-14 20x9, front; 22x11, rear
Tires: Pirelli 275/40-20, front; 305/55-22, rear

Interior
Seats: Stock
Carpet: Black
Shifter: Stock

Exterior
Paint: GM Black
Hood: Stock