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Monte Carlo Intimidator

The Monte Carlo Intimidator concept car hints at the future styling ofthe Monte Carlo street car. Named after 7-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt, theIntimidator is designed to appeal to the NASCAR fan and anyone else who likes stock carracing. Theoretically, you could drive this car to work or to pick up a quart of milk.Chevy says it's street-legal, but just barely.

Like a NASCAR stocker, the Intimidator sports a real low front airdam,an intimidating nose, flat side flanks and a proper decklid spoiler. But under the hood,instead of a 358-cu.-in. V8 you'll find a GM 3800 V6 coupled to a 4T65-E 4-speed automatictransaxle. They're mounted transversely, of course, because this is still afront-wheel-drive car. Peak horsepower is set at 297 and torque output plateaus at 282ft.-lb.

As befits the winningest car in NASCAR history, this Monte Carlo bringsplenty of racing flavor to the cockpit. The Intimidator sports machine-faced aluminum AutoMeter racing gauges on a leather-wrapped instrument panel, front and rear black Recarobucket seats with 5-point racing harnesses, a full tubular steel padded safety cage andon-board fire extinguisher, custom aluminum pedals, a Momo steering wheel, side exhaustand 17-in. Goodyear racing tires.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Body Style:

4-passenger, 2-door coupe

Engine:

3.8-liter (234 cu.-in.) modified 3800 Series II ohv V6

 

Horsepower: 297 @ 6000 rpm

 

Torque: 282 ft.-lb. @ 5000 rpm

 

Bore: 97.03mm

 

Stroke: 86.36mm

 

Compression Ratio: 13.0:1

 

GM ported cylinder heads

 

Manley stainless steel valves, intake: 1.880 in.,
exhaust: 1.520 in.

 

Pacaloy valve springs

 

Titanium valve spring retainers with 10 locks

 

GM LS1 V8 rocker arms, 1.7:1 ratio

 

Erson reground camshaft, OE specs

 

GM OE crankshaft with nitrided journals

 

JE forged pistons and pins

 

JE piston rings, top: 1/16-in. moly, middle: 1/16-in.
cast, oil: 3/16-in. 3-piece stainless steel

 

Wheel To Wheel roller timing set

 

Modified lubrication system with baffled oil pan

 

Wheel To Wheel aluminum tuned-port intake manifold

 

Accel dual 58mm throttle bores

 

1997 Corvette LS1 intake bellows

 

K&N 9-in. conical air filter

 

Wheel To Wheel 1-3/4-in. tubular stainless steel exhaust
manifolds, ceramic-coated red, 3-in. stainless steel
intermediate pipe, dual 2-1/2-in. side pipes, 3-in.
Walker Dynomax Ultra Flo muffler, 1 x 9-in. rectangular
polished stainless steel exhaust tips

 

Bosch high-flow fuel injectors from GM L67
supercharged 3800

 

SX Performance adjustable fuel pressure
regulator set at 43.5 psi

 

Aeroquip braided stainless steel fuel lines and fittings

 

Superior Radiator heavy-duty aluminum radiator

 

Earl's air-to-oil engine oil cooler

 

Earl's air-to-oil transmission fluid cooler

Transmission:

GM 4T65-E 4-speed automatic transaxle assembled
and blueprinted by GM Powertrain Hydra-matic
Motorsports for heavy-duty use. Gear ratios:
FIRST 2.92 SECOND 1.57 THIRD 1.00 FOURTH 0.70:1

Drive:

Front-wheel drive, 3.68:1 final drive ratio

Wheelbase:

110.5 in.

Track, f/r:

64.4/64.8 in.

Weight:

4014 pounds

Suspension, front:

Independent strut with A-arm, Eibach coils-over-Bilstein
racing struts, lowered 1-3/4 in., increased negative camber,
Wheel To Wheel billet aluminum upper spring mount,
Addco 32mm solid stabilizer bar

Suspension, rear:

Independent strut with A-arm, Eibach coils-over-Bilstein
struts, lowered 1/2 in., Wheel To Wheel aluminum
upper spring mount, Addco 19mm solid stabilizer bar

Brakes, front:

Coleman 12 x 1.375-in. directional-vane, vented, cross-
drilled discs, Wilwood Grand National III aluminum
6-piston calipers, Wilwood Polymatrix D brake pads,
Wheel To Wheel caliper mounting plates, stainless steel
overbraided Teflon hose and steel hose ends

Brakes, rear:

Coleman 13 x 1.25-in. directional-vane, vented, cross-drilled
discs, Wilwood Superlite III, aluminum 4-piston calipers
with integrated drum parking brake, Wheel To Wheel
caliper mounting plates, Wilwood Polymatrix D brake pads,
stainless steel overbraided Teflon hose and steel ends

Wheels:

Boyd's custom design, aluminum, 17 x 10 in., 115mm bolt
circle, 26mm offset

Tires:

Goodyear with prototype tread pattern and yellow lettering,
275/50ZR17




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