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This 1999 Chevy Camaro has been transformed by its Heidts Suspension

Jeff Glucker October 3, 2018 Cars You Should Know, Featured 5 Comments

Heidts Suspension, based in Lake Zurich, Illinois, builds every suspension and steering bit you need if you drive any sort of hot rod or muscle car, be it old or a bit less old. To prove that point, the Heidts crew built an autocross weapon using a 1999 Chevy Camaro as the starting point… and it kicks a fair bit of ass.

No, this one doesn’t have the original LS1 under the hood anymore. There’s now a 525-horsepower LSX coupled to a T56 manual gearbox. That’s not the major story here though, even if it is truly awesome.

It’s the suspension work that’s gone and made this a proper track machine. Out back, the Heidt’s Pro-G IRS suspension pairs with front and rear sway bars, Ridetech adjustable shocks, and upgraded upper and lower control arms.

Oh, and the tires are 315s at all four corners.

  • neight428

    Nice setup, turns out they make a similar IRS for my second-gen T/A too. Unfortunately, it would put me on par with a new Camaro SS on cost all-in.

    • Zentropy

      While they don’t offer IRS, Hotchkis makes a system that is a significant improvement over stock.

      • Jeff Glucker

        Another vote for Hotchkis as well. They kick some serious butt

    • They could have aligned the horn button properly, though.

  • I was always a Camaro fan, so my memory may be skewed, but I recall that the contemporary reviews of the Camaro and Mustang had similar conclusions to today’s. The Camaro was the better performer, particularly in handling, but the Mustang was the more liveable package. That said, upgrading one to modern performance standards should be fantastic.

    Interesting side note. After chasing a Mustang GT of this vintage with my 2002 RSX Type S a few months ago, and sticking right with him, I looked up the 0-60 times for each. Both were nearly identical at about 6 flat. The Z28 and SS were low to mid 5s.