Way back in 1989, the Big Red ’69 Camaro became famous for running 203mph in the Unlimited Class of the Silver State Challenge open road race. Since then, the car has become somewhat famous in top speed and open road racing, and it was featured in the 2015 NBCSN documentary series entitled, “BIG RED: The Original Outlaw Racer”.
Recently, the creators of Big Red teamed up with SLP, UMI, and Forgeline to create the “Big Red Edition Camaro Z/28”, a Big Red Camaro 5th-gen tribute based on Chevy’s amazing Z/28. The Big Red Edition Camaro Z/28 features SLP engine upgrades (including intake, exhaust, and supercharger), UMI rear suspension upgrades, and Forgeline GX3R wheels finished with Race Gold centers and Polished outers.
The car will be on display at the 2015 SEMA Show (find it in the SLP booth). And it will cross the auction block at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, during the last week of January 2016, with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to Ride2Recovery’s Project Hero cycling program, which focuses on recovery and rehabilitation programs for veterans.
Forgeline is proud to have been chosen to provide wheels for the Big Red Edition Camaro Z/28, and we look forward to seeing this car in person, at the SEMA Show!
Monday, October 5 is our annual employee appreciation field trip! It’s going to be a great one, as we’re heading out to see some military planes and then spending the afternoon racing go karts!
Our annual field trip isn’t just about having fun; it’s also critical to blow off some steam, after an incredibly busy summer, so that we can stay focused and positive. And it is part of our effort to foster the teamwork and cooperation necessary to build the world’s finest custom made-to-order forged alloy performance wheels.
Virtually our entire staff will be participating, so all production and shipping operations will be paused for the day. And we will have very limited office staff on hand, so we will be difficult to contact. If you have business that needs our attention, then please consider sending us an email or be prepared to leave a voice message. Thank you for your understanding and patience!
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Stevenson Motorsports Drives Their #6 Camaro Z/28.R on Forgeline GS1R 1pc Forged Monoblock Wheels to the 2015 IMSA GS Campionship!
Despite tricky, rainy conditions, the #6 Stevenson Motorsports’ Camaro Z/28.R entry earned a hard-fought second place finish, in the final race of the 2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season, at Road Atlanta. With this finish, co-drivers Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell clinched the Driver’s Championship with 286 points, along with the Manufacturers’ Championship for GM’s Chevrolet Camaro. The Davis/Liddell duo has scored four wins this year, including the most recent just two weeks ago, at Circuit of The Americas.
Competing in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge since 2009, Stevenson Motorsports had been inching closer and closer to winning the Grand Sport (GS) championship.
“It was the longest 45 minutes of my life,” stated Davis. “I am very proud of our Stevenson Team and glad we can give Forgeline a GS Championship. Forgeline makes a great wheel, and they are a big part of this championship.”
For the past five years, Stevenson’s team engineers have worked closely with Forgeline Motorsports to develop custom-made high-performance wheels for the Camaro. Forgeline’s advanced engineering capability, forged monoblock manufacturing expertise, and custom made-to-order sales/delivery system enabled us to create a performance wheel for Stevenson Motorsports that is extremely lightweight with very high fatigue strength and deflection stiffness.
“The characteristics of each wheel we produce are unique to the vehicle and application. Based on their exact specifications, we created wheels which meet or exceed their strength and stiffness targets and are four to five pounds lighter per wheel. This translates very directly into more grip, improved acceleration, and better braking. We even consider small design elements that enable quicker pit stops for the pit crew,” notes David Schardt, president of Forgeline.
Winning this race was a hometown victory for Andrew Davis, who resides in nearby Bogart, Ga., just west of Atlanta. Davis closed out the season at his home track with scores of family, friends, and hometown supporters on hand.
Throughout the nine races of the 2015 season, the #6 Camaro of Davis and Liddell earned four wins, seven podiums, and never once finished outside of the top five. It was truly a spectacular performance!
We are very proud of the effort displayed by the Stevenson Motorsports team, throughout the 2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season. And we thank them for trusting Forgeline to carry the load!
The Forgeline TA3 wheel is designed to capture the nostalgic snowflake look of iconic pony cars from another era. This wheel was first launched back in 2006. And though it was a popular design, it was available only in limited sizes and was eventually pulled from our lineup. But now, in the spirit of our new Heritage Series, we have just re-launched the TA3 in a greater range of sizes!
The TA3 is built with true forged 6061-T6 aluminum centers, aircraft-quality ARP stainless steel fasteners (your choice of exposed or hidden), and heat-treated rim sections. The TA3 is available with a flat lip reverse outer in 18-inch and 19-inch fitments and features a standard powder coated center finish with a polished outer rim. But since each wheel is custom built-to-order, Forgeline can also offer special features like custom offsets and a large choice of finish combinations.
Liddell and Davis win GS, Pumpelly and Rodriguez win ST at COTA
Heading into the next-to-last race of the 2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge racing season, at Circuit of the Americas, a close battle for several class season championships meant that the stakes were very high! But Forgeline GS1R-equipped teams rose to the challenge, winning both classes, with Stevenson Motorsports earning the GS class victory, in their #6 Camaro Z/28.R, and Rennsport One winning the ST class, in their #17 Porsche Cayman!
Stevenson Motorsports arrived at COTA clutching a very small lead in the GS class team points standings as well as the drivers’ standings for Robin Liddell and Andrew Davis. In order to retain a serious chance at the season championship, they had to break the 3-race winning streak of the #13 Rum Bum Porsche.
After starting the race in the 5th spot on the grid, Davis had advanced the #6 Camaro Z/28.R on Forgeline one piece forged monoblock GS1R wheels to 4th place, before handing driving duties off to teammate Robin Liddell on lap 21. An aggressive yellow flag pit stop call, on lap #34, (right side tires only) allowed Liddell to jump into second position. Then on lap 37, Liddell passed the #158 Ford Mustang for the lead, and the #13 Rum Bum racing Porsche suffered a mechanical failure. So Liddell was able to hold on to capture the checker and lead Stevenson Motorsports to victory!
The win at COTA gives the Stevenson #6 team a slight 27 point advantage for the GS class season points championship, heading into the 2015 season finale at Road America.
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