Pics and Video credit: James Hrovat
Rick Bottom has been in the game a long time. In fact, if you’ve ever been to SEMA in the last 20 years, you’ve more than likely seen a car Rick has built. In the last few years though, Rick has been making a name for himself in the Gen. 5 Camaro community, first with his “2Go Camaro”, a 1,000+HP Vortech V-7 YSi Supercharged SS coupe, and now with the “XTC 800” 2013 Camaro 2SS/RS Convertible. This 6.2L LS3 6-speed Manual transmission Camaro was awarded to Rick Bottom Designs as a GM SEMA Partner Vehicle, and was on display in the North Hall during the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
Since Rick is not the type to mess around, he knew the way to get right down to business was to take the car to Jannetty Racing in Waterbury, CT. Ted Jannetty and his crew set to the task of making this drop top into a beast. Starting (of course) with a Vortech V-3 supercharger system with air-to-air front mounted intercooler in polished finish, Jannetty Racing then upgraded the kit with a smaller pulley for 11psi of boost and dual Vortech Maxflow Race Bypass Valves. In the engine, Jannetty installed a Jannetty Racing “Rough Idle Blower Cam”, Comp Cams dual valve springs, retainers and keepers, and a Jannetty Racing Rocker Arm Fulcrum Upgrade.
The stock exhaust was removed and replaced with American Racing Headers stainless steel long tube equal length headers (1 7/8″ diameter tubing with 3″ collector and 3″ hi-flow cats) flowing into a Billy Boat Performance Exhaust (3″ ZL-1 dual mode exhaust system with quad tips). Injector Dynamics ID-850 matched injector set coupled with a Lingenfelter Performance dual fuel pump kit with CTS-V fuel pump controller handle the additional fuel requirements from the increase in power. Other underhood goodies include Granatelli Motorsports shielded plug wires, and an RX Catch Can. The car was tuned using SCT software by Ted Jannetty himself, to the tune of 806 horsepower and 730 torque!
With all the extra power, drivetrain upgrades were also a must. A whole myriad of parts were thrown at the Gen. 5, including Centerforce DYAD twin disc clutch and flywheel, Driveshaft Shop one piece aluminum driveshaft, Driveshaft Shop 1000hp Axle assemblies, Eaton TruTrac differential with Lingenfelter 3.70 gears, and a Hurst Shifter with Brushed Titanium billet handle. Putting it to the ground are 3 piece Axiom Forged Wheels (22″x9″ & 22″x11″) wrapped in Pirelli PZero Nero tires (245/30 & 305/25). The suspension got the full Pedder’s “Justice Camaro Package”, and stopping power is granted through Brembo brake calipers with Granatelli Motorsports rotors.
Obviously, a lot of time and effort were spent on the extrerior and interior of the car as well, with the Screamin’ Yellow Pearl paint, 3dCarbon body kit and spoiler, Showstopper Accessories heat extractor hood, Showstopper Accessories LED mirrors and side marker lights, Gary’s Customz vented fenders, Camaro Collection billet door handles, Defender Worx chrome driving light bezels, Carriage Works custom billet grille and Matching grille for lower bumper opening, “Mail Slot” and hood vents coming together to set the outside of this SS/RS apart from the rest of the pack. The interior treatment finds Roadwire leather upholstery with double diamond cross stitch pattern in the seats, Woodgrain accents by Steve Ellis at Raymond Performance, Other upholstery by Trent’s Trick Upholstery (arm rests, console lid, tonneau cover etc.), Door panel inserts by Stitchcraft, Door panel chrome trim and speaker rings by Defender Worx, Chrome sill plates by American Brothers Design, and a heap of audio components to top it off.