LSX Podcast #8 – 2012 Hot Rod Power Tour Update and a Recap of the Race #2 in the LSX Challenge Series!

A CTS running the strip during the 2012 Hot Rod Power Tour! It's not Tony's...but it's still cool. Image: Hot Rod Magazine

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1) Tony Whatley joined us LIVE while driving the 2012 Hot Rod Power Tour! He gave an up to date report on the cars there, the GM Tech Center, and whether or not the “Power Tour” was again becoming the “Shower Tour” (I.E. nothing but rain).

2) Are Chevy fans jumping ship over to the  2013 Shelby GT500?



1) John’s recap of the Chevy High Performance Nationals (Race #2 in the LSX Challenge Series)! The good news is – it was fun. The bad news is….he lost the first place crown (but wants it back)!

2) Rob is headed to Chevellabration in Nashville, and to the Road Course and Autocross event: Optima Faceoff at Road America – June 22-24 (Same weekend as the NASCAR Nationwide Race at Road America!)



1) John’s 2010 Camaro SS (aka “Heavy Chevy”) needs some love. He wants to get it down to a 12.5 run @111 so he discussed his plans to install a cold air intake; ported OEM throttle body; Powerbond underdrive pulley; and JBA mid-pipes with high flow cats. It may or may not require a new tune, but if it does he will:

-Raise the idle
-Turn on the fans sooner
-Delete AFM
-Reduce the factory torque management

Supposedly tuning alone is worth 2 tenths.

I’m shooting for 12.5@111, down from 13.1@106.

2) Rob’s Chevelle is getting the electrical treatment from Ron Francis Wiring. We’re going to use their items for everything electrical in the car (fuse panel, relays, wiring, etc.) and to hide the engine computer in the trunk. Good idea?


Listener Mail!

Feel free to e-mail in your questions, and we’ll do our best to answer it. We’ll also be covering a lot of the topics thrown out in the forums in each show, and the next one already looks jam packed. You can contact us with questions for the show as follows:

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-Rob, John, and Tony




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