Motor Trend’s Car of the Year Award Goes to 2016 Camaro

The Chevrolet Camaro has been chosen as the best of fifteen all-new or significantly updated cars that were eligible for Motor Trend’s 2016 Car of the Year award. All Vehicle of the Year contenders were selected by Motor Trend judges and evaluated against six key criteria: advancement in design, engineering excellence, safety, efficiency, value, and performance of their intended function.

2016 Camaro 3/4 Front

The cars were taken to Hyundai’s California Proving Grounds for a week of instrumented testing. After these tests, the field was narrowed down to seven finalists: Audi TT, BMW 7 Series, Chevrolet Camaro, Honda Civic, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Mercedes-Benz GT S, and Toyota Mirai. These vehicles were then driven for hundreds of miles in real-world road trips before Motor Trend’s nine judges voted the all-new Chevrolet Camaro the 2016 Motor Trend Car of the Year.

2016 Camaro 3/4 Rear

Based on General Motor’s Alpha platform architecture, this completely redesigned sixth-generation Camaro is sharper looking inside and out and has the latest in technology, including some interesting gadgets like Apple CarPlay and 4G LTE Wi-Fi. The new Camaro is built for driving enthusiasts, sporting a chassis that is hundreds of pounds lighter than the previous generation and available with three different engines. You can choose from the high-tech, turbocharged 275-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a sporty yet fuel-efficient 335-horsepower V-6, or a menacing 455-horsepower V-8.

2016 Camaro Side View

“Our 2016 Car of the Year, the Chevrolet Camaro, is one of the finest driving vehicles in the world at any price,” said Edward Loh, Editor-in-chief of Motor Trend, “though its price is well within reach of the average consumer.”

2016 Camaro Interior

Former Stig Names Ford Mustang the Ultimate Stunt Car

Ben Collins Mustang Chase 1

Many fans of the hit UK television show Top Gear know that stunt and race car driver Ben Collins was the man behind the wheel on their test track as “The Stig” for 8 years. With all that seat time behind the wheel of supercars, as well as his own time spent racing in Le Mans and NASCAR, you would think his pick for top stunt car would be something rare and ultra-expensive. Apparently that assumption would be wrong though, as he has gone on record as saying the Ford Mustang is the top choice when it comes time to do some over-the-top movie stunts or chase scenes.

Ben Collins Mustang Chase 2

Ben is the star of a new movie called “Ben Collins: Stunt Driver”. In the film Collins uses a Mustang GT Fastback to outrun an assortment of high-performance cars during a very “Top Gear-esque” adventure featuring 48 hours of explosive, high-speed challenges featuring aerobatic planes, helicopter gunships and military vehicles. Collins says “The point of this adventure was to find the perfect car for an epic, high octane, Hollywood-style car chase, and it’s the iconic Ford Mustang that gets top billing, Mustang has starred in many a classic car chase during the past 50 years, and is still the stunt driver’s weapon of choice to leave the bad guys standing in a cloud of tire smoke.”

Ben Collins Mustang Chase 3

Roelant de Waard, the VP of Marketing, Sales & Service for Ford Europe said “Mustang has made more than 3,700 movie appearances and has kept cinema-goers on the edge of their seats in car chases from the legendary ‘Bullitt’ sequence in 1968, to the first movie to feature the all-new Mustang, ‘Need for Speed’ in 2014.” He went on to say “Being named the ultimate stunt car in ‘Ben Collins: Stunt Driver’ further cements Mustang’s place as an automotive and screen icon.”


Road & Track Chooses Mustang Shelby GT350R as 2016 Performance Car of the Year

Yellow GT350R

Road & Track Magazine set out to choose the very best performance car for 2016. The competition was between 8 excellent performance models, and the Shelby GT350R Mustang has come out on top. Not only did they give it their top honors but it won by a landslide, beating the Bentley Continental GT3-R, Cadillac ATS-V, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Dodge Viper ACR, Ferrari 488 GTB, Mercedes-AMG GT S, and Porsche Cayman GT4.

Car of the Year Competitors


According to Road & Track, “The only way the team at Ford SVT could get 526 hp from 5.2 liters – the fabled 100 hp per liter and then some – was to reengineer the whole thing into a bit of an insane race motor.” They go on to say that the “GT350R is the Mustang that all Mustangs have been waiting to become.”

Yellow GT350R On Track


Larry Webster, editor-in-chief at Road & Track went on to say “With a flat-plane crank and Sport Cup 2 tires, the GT350R is a Mustang turned up to 11. Not only does the car have soul and harness so much firepower with such ease, but the real achievement here is that it’s so approachable. It’s a car you can’t help but love.”

GT350R on Display


To be eligible for Road & Track Performance Car of the Year, a car must be new for this year or feature significant functional changes and live at the very top of the street-car performance pyramid with a competitive lap time. Additionally, cars must connect with the driver on both road and track and engage a visceral, emotional reaction in the man or woman holding the steering wheel. Road & Track’s testing process takes place over the course of one week during which the editors and writers evaluate the year’s best cars on both the street and the race track.



2016 COPO Camaro Introduced At SEMA 2015

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2016 COPO Camaro Introduced At SEMA 2015

LAS VEGAS – With assistance from NHRA Camaro Funny Car driver Courtney Force, Chevrolet has introduced the Gen Six COPO Camaro today at the SEMA Show.

After visiting the COPO build center, Force collaborated with Chevrolet designers to create a custom appearance for the 2016 COPO Camaro SEMA show car. It will be auctioned at a Barrett-Jackson sale in 2016, with the proceeds going to United Way.

Chevrolet will build 69 COPO Camaro race cars for 2016, extending the production legacy that began in 2012 with the fifth-generation Camaro. Like the previous editions, the new COPO Camaro is designed for NHRA’s Stock and Super Stock Eliminator classes.

“With the new Gen Six Camaro as its foundation, the 2016 COPO Camaro begins the next chapter of an historic racing legacy,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “It’s great to have Courtney Force on Team Chevy and to work with her on the design of the new COPO Camaro show car. Most important, her effort will help raise money for a great cause.”

The 2016 COPO Camaro benefits from the lighter and stronger body structure of the Gen Six. Extensive computer-aided engineering helped increase structural rigidity by 28 percent, while the body-in-white mass was reduced by 133 pounds (60.5 kg).

Less mass and greater strength, along with the body’s sleeker profile in the wind, will help give racers an edge. It offers greater aerodynamic performance than the fifth-generation Camaro.

The show car features a Red Hot exterior color with Courtney Force-signature graphics and red-accented grille trim. Under its carbon fiber high-rise hood is a concept 350 racing engine with a Whipple 2.9L supercharger.

“I was extremely honored to work with Chevrolet and help design the 2016 COPO Camaro we unveiled today at the SEMA show,” said Courtney Force. “The bright red color and the signature slash marks towards the back on the car bring a part of my Traxxas Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car to the COPO Camaro, which I think is really cool. The proceeds from this car go to a great cause and benefit the United Way Foundation, so it’s an awesome project all around.”

The car’s exterior cues also include wheelie bars and a parachute, along with Goodyear racing tires mounted on Weld lightweight racing wheels.

Inside, the COPO show car features an NHRA-certified chrome-moly roll cage, lightweight racing bucket seats personalized with the COPO logo and Courtney Force’s signature, five-point safety harnesses and a floor-mounted shifter. The instrument panel contains racing gauges and a competition switch panel.

The production COPO race cars will be fitted with racing chassis and suspension components, including a unique solid rear axle system in place of a regular-production Camaro’s independent rear axle. Details include:

Lightweight, adjustable strut-type front suspension
Four-link rear suspension with adjustable coil-overs, Panhard bar and stabilizer bar
Rear axle with an aluminum center section featuring a spool-type differential and 40-spline gun-drilled axle shafts
Lightweight, racing-type four-wheel disc brakes (un-assisted)
Un-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system
Fuel cell with built-in high-pressure fuel pump
Unique racing wire harness.
When it comes to horsepower, racers can select from a variety of supercharged and naturally aspirated LS- and LT-family engines based on their intended NHRA Stock and Super Stock classes, including a supercharged 350 (5.7L), a naturally aspirated 427 (7.0L) engine and an all-new LT-based 376 (6.2L) engine. The engines are backed by a racing-prepped Turbo 400 three-speed automatic transmission.

Each COPO Camaro race car is built by hand starting with production hardware, including the same body in white used for production models.

Racers interested in purchasing one of the 69 2016 COPO Camaro race cars must register at An independent third-party will randomly select purchasers from the pool of interested customers.

Enthusiasts can also follow updates on the 2016 COPO Camaro program at

The new COPO Camaro show car is one of more than 20 Chevrolet concept and production vehicles on display this week at the SEMA Show.


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Ford Performance Unveils the 2016 Cobra Jet Mustang at SEMA


Ford Performance Unveils the 2016 Cobra Jet Mustang at SEMA

Hot on the heels of Ford’s Cobra Jet Mustangs sweeping the NHRA Factory Stock Showdown series, Ford Performance unveils the 2016 Cobra Jet Mustang at SEMA. Just minutes ago, For pulled the cover off it’s latest turn-key race Mustang to a huge crowd at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas.


“The modern Cobra Jet has performed for our customers and put Ford in the winner’s circle consistently since 2008,” said Dave Pericak, director of Ford Performance. “The 2016 car is the only factory 2016 Mustang with a solid axle rear suspension, and the first Cobra Jet built off the all-new Mustang introduced in 2015. We are excited to see it compete.”

The original Cobra Jet debuted in 1968 with a win at the NHRA Winternationals, and Ford revived the model in 2008, with 50 special-production units designed for NHRA Stock Eliminator competition. The program has continued with limited 50 unit builds in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The 2016 model is based off the S550 chassis, but utilizes a live rear axle with a four-link rear suspension. It’s also available in Oxford White or Deep Impact Blue with each color limited to 25 examples. Other options include the popular “Cobra” graphics and a wheelie bar.



Amazingly, about 75-percent of the engine is sourced from the production Mustang GT. And boost comes from a Whipple supercharger. The 2016 Cobra Jet is will be ready to run 8-second quarter-mile times as delivered to the customer. “It was important to use production hardware wherever possible in the engine to ensure parts are readily available and reasonably priced for racers,” said Jesse Kershaw, Manager Drag Racing Parts and Competition. “The production parts are also incredibly durable in passing our rigorous dyno and drag strip testing.”

Not resting on its past, S197-based Cobra Jets have made their own history scoring wins in NHRA, NMRA and NMCA action. Cobra Jets have dominated the NHRA Factory Stock Showdown series, the heads-up playground for the Chevrolet COPO Camaro, Dodge Drag Pak Challenger and the Cobra Jet Mustang.




To ensure consistent winning performance, Ford fitted the 2016 Cobra Jet with drag-race-specific coil-over shocks and springs, lightweight Strange Racing brakes, 8.50 certified roll cage, an Aeromotive fuel system with trunk mounted fuel cell, Corbeau FIA seats, 5-point race harnesses, and a race-prepped automatic transmission.

“Ford Performance engineers were able to tap internal resources taking technology from other parts of the company and adapting them for race purposes. For example, the Cobra Jet engine utilizes an electric water pump from the C-MAX Hybrid that allows cool-down without the engine running,” added Kershaw. “The result is more consistent racing via improved management of engine temperatures. Dyno cells calibrated to simulate drag strip burn-outs and quarter-mile runs were utilized to prove out engine durability.”




And because 75-percent of the engine parts come directly from the Ford parts shelf, the Cobra Jet will be durable, efficient, and well-engineered. You can also select many of the specific Cobra Jet Parts from the Brothers Performance huge catalog of Mustang parts.

Cobra Jet Mustang begin life at the Flat Rock assembly plant in Flat Rock, Michigan and delivery is expected in the first quarter of 2016.

“The 2016 Cobra Jet is sold as a performance part without a VIN. Customers can order a Cobra Jet by submitting a placeholder order for part number M-FR500-CJ through any North American Ford dealer. The MSRP for the base car is $99,990 with optional graphics for $1995 and a wheelie bar at $1995,” Kershaw stated.

2016 Cobra Jet Engine
• Supercharged Ford V8, 5.0-liter (302 cubic inches) displacement
• 92.2mm bore x 92.7mm stroke
• 9.5:1 compression ratio
• 2.9L Whipple supercharger – front entry
• Forged steel crankshaft
• Billet steel gerotor oil pump
• Mahle forged and anodized pistons with Grafal® coated skirts
• Manley H-beam connecting rods with ARP 2000 bolts
• American Racing Headers 304 stainless-steel headers
• Aeromotive fuel rails
• ATI SFI-approved crank damper
• Proprietary engine control software and calibration
• New electric water pump derived from CMaxx hybrid

Ford and Petty’s Garage Working Together to Create King Edition Mustang GT

Petty’s Garage, NASCAR legend Richard Petty’s speed shop, will soon release three models of the 2016 Mustang GT that will be available with as much as 727 horsepower. This makes it a production car that even edges out the crazy output of the Hellcat offerings from Dodge.

Petty King Edition

Richard Petty said “I’ve always liked the look of the Mustang, and the 2016 model gives us a great base car to work with. These new King edition Mustangs are pretty much the way I’d build my own. They are great fun to drive, and have a signature single exhaust.” He added “With the new paint on the Premier edition, that’s how you know we built it. They look pretty sharp.”


These customized Mustang GTs will come in three editions with small production numbers – 243 King models, 43 King Premier and 14 King Premier convertibles. Customers can order the cars through their local Ford dealership.


Petty’s Garage starts with a stock 2016 Mustang GT and adds a Ford Performance supercharger. The supercharger adds 235 horsepower to the stock 5.0-liter V8 engine, for a total output of 670 horsepower. Even with all that power on tap, it’s is backed by a three-year, 36,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. Other powertrain modifications include custom engine calibration, a cold-air intake for better breathing and a MagnaFlow exhaust.

richard petty mustang

Backing up that power are Ford Performance extreme-duty halfshafts, three-way adjustable front and rear sway bars, and a rear axle upgrade. Wheels are a custom staggered set of  matte-black Petty’s Garage/HRE 20- x 9-inch front wheels and 20- x 10-inch rear wheels with Continental Extreme Performance summer tires. There are also a number of interior upgrades to set it apart,  including a custom rear diffuser with Richard Petty-designed center-mounted exhaust, shift knob, sill plates, floor mats, embroidered head restraints and rear spoiler. Richard Petty signs a special dash plate on every car.


The King Premier edition features a slightly different set of HRE/Petty’s Garage wheels, a big brake upgrade kit that includes six-piston front brakes and four-piston rears over two-piece rotors, and custom leather trimmed interior. It also gets a complete Petty’s Garage/BASF custom tri-color stripe package featuring iconic Petty blue, red and white stripes covered in crushed and tumbled glass in clear coat.


Although they are pretty loaded already, there are a few optional add-ons available. Options for all three editions include different bushings to minimize wheel hop, a coil-over racing suspension and a supercharger pulley upgrade that increases boost, bumping the horsepower output from 670 to 727 horsepower.

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Mustang Tire Explodes On The Dyno

Mustang Tire Explodes On The Dyno

We have dyno tested and tuned hundreds of cars at the Brothers Performance Deland facility and we have to admit to an occasional oil spill here and there and a radiator hose burst once or twice – but we have never seen anything like a tire exploding on the dyno!

That’s because we inspect all cars before we test them – we inspect everything under the hood to make sure it is in tip top shape and that includes all belts, hoses and a check for any fluid leaks beforehand.

Probably one of the most important checks we make are the tires – we check for any nails, screws or debris but the most critical are the tire’s speed rating!

We require all high performance cars to have a minimum of a ZR rating which is a tire rated to go to 149mph before we will dyno a car here at Brothers Performance.

When a car is on the dyno, most high cars will hit 150mph very quickly and if the tires are not properly rated then there will be a price to pay – damage to the car and possible injury.

In this video you will see what happens when a tire fails due to prolonged speed on a dyno probably in excess of 160MPH – this is was an expensive dyno test – something we hope to never see at our chassis dyno and installation center here in Deland

This clip from 1320video shows, right around the 35-second mark, the tire goes boom, and takes out most of the rear clip in the process.

The bumper is trashed, and the rim is ready to be scrapped, and the mangled metal inside the wheel well shows just how destructive tire rubber can be. Given there didn’t seem to be any safety precautions in place here, it’s a good thing nobody was hurt when it popped.


Brothers Performance 2015 Car Show Recap

Brothers Performance would like to extend our thanks to all who attended our 2015 Car Show. The weather was great and there were a variety of cars representing all makes. There were many raffle prizes awarded throughout the day and some big payouts for the Dyno Shootout and Exhaust Sound Off winners.


Another big thanks to all supporting vendors including Steeda, Silver Horse Racing, JMS, BBK Performance, Ford Racing, Holley, JLT, Auto Custom Carpets, Grant, MSD Ignition and Maximum Motorsports.

Brothers Performance 2015 Car Show
Brothers Car Show Drone Shot


Forced Induction Dyno Winner

Joe Goodnough won $500 for Highest Forced Induction Horsepower. His 2007 Mustang GT500 has a VMP TVS supercharger upgrade, Dynatech headers and a custom E85 tune. With those mods his car churned out an impressive 739 horsepower and 714 ft/lbs of torque to the wheels.


NA Dyno Winner

Dustin Estrada won $500 for Highest Naturally Aspirated Horsepower. His 2014 Mustang GT has many upgrades including a BOSS intake manifold, BBK off road x-pipe, JLT cold air Intake and a custom tune. All those mods helped his car make a stout 414 horsepower and 368 ft/lbs of torque to the wheels.


Sound Off Winner

Curtis McMillan won $250 in our Exhaust Sound off competition. His supercharged 2012 Mustang V6 registered an eardrum shattering 123.4 decibels!


Show Models


Dodge Challenger Dyno



4th Gen Camaro Dyno


Models Mustang GT



Mustang on Dyno


Camaro Dyno



Mustang GT500 on Dyno


Mustang Group Burnout

We had a great time and look forward to seeing everyone again at the 2016 show.


New Special Edition 2016 Ford Mustang Convertible

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New Special Edition 2016 Ford Mustang Convertible

Are you looking for that perfect gift to give or put on your “Dear Santa” list this Christmas – Well if you have $95,000 and change to spare for your Christmas shopping list then take a look at this unique and rare new official Ford Licensed Ford Mustang from Neiman Marcus.

The annual Christmas Book from luxury retailer was announced just a few days ago and it has revealed a special edition Ford Mustang Convertible that is no ordinary Mustang.

It’s based on the Mustang GT Convertible and tuned to deliver over 700 horsepower! This car will be offered with a standard six-speed manual transmission as standard and will hit 0- 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. The top speed will be 195 mph plus and to ensure owners can get the best experience possible from the car, anyone who purchase one of these very special and rare cars will also receive a three-day driver training course at the Ford Performance Racing School.

There will only be 100 of these special collectible Mustang’s built and everyone will feature a custom tuned supercharger system, a custom Magnalow exhaust, a trick ECU engine calibration tune, 20-inch wheels, uprated Brembo brakes, and sticky Nitto tires. The car also comes with a modified body kit which includes a carbon fiber tonneau cover with ‘speed’ arches, plus a unique livery and aero aids all ‘round.

We know what we want for Christmas this year – how about you ?

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Ford Focus RS brings 350 Horsepower, 350 lb-ft, AWD, Stall Recovery and More!

Ford Focus RS Front ViewHighlights:

  • Powerful 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine producing 350 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and a 6,800-rpm redline. That’s an impressive 152 horsepower per liter, and far exceeds original estimates!
  • New turbo exclusive to Focus RS makes peak boost of 23.2 psi, producing a torque peak of 350 lb.-ft. at 3,200 rpm
  • Innovative Stall Recovery feature automatically restarts engine in the event of a stall, an added feature of the included start-stop system
  • All-Wheel drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring for maximum grip


Look out, STI and Evo drivers. Serious competition is coming. The new Focus RS will be packing a major performance advantage with big power flowing through an all-wheel drive system and sporting many innovative features. Beside the fact it makes a bunch of power, the manual-only Focus RS will debut with an interesting new feature called Stall Recovery. In the event of a stall, it is no longer necessary for the driver to manually restart the engine or move the shifter to neutral as the Stall Recovery simply pushes the clutch back in.


Tyrone Johnson, engineering and vehicle manager for Ford Performance Europe explained “We knew we wanted to put start-stop technology on the RS. So we said, ‘What if we went one step further, and controlled for engine stall at launch using the same technology?’ Well, that’s exactly what we did and it’s just as fast as our start-stop technology.”


Ford Focus RS Gauge Cluster

The Focus RS engine achieves it’s especially high output due to an all-new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger with a larger compressor wheel that delivers more airflow and power throughout the RPM range than the one found on the Mustang. Peak boost is a lofty 23.2 psi. To help it handle all that boost, the RS engine features strong, high-tensile cast-iron cylinder liners and a high-performance head gasket.


A large intercooler is employed to minimize inlet temperatures and maximize charge density. Intake air flows through a low-restriction intake manifold on the front end backed up by a high performance exhaust. The exhaust system includes an electronically controlled valve that optimizes back pressure and volume. Additional space created in the front of the car allowed engineers to deploy a larger radiator than what’s used on other Focus models for enhanced engine cooling.


Production of Focus RS with 2.3-liter EcoBoost will begin later this year.

Ford Focus RS Rear View