In 2007, Jarrod Jacobs was searching the Internet for a picture of a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro when he came across a Camaro concept. Even though production hadn’t yet been confirmed, this Camaro lover was hooked. Since he first laid eyes on the fifth generation Camaro, Jacobs knew it was going to be in his garage one day…
BoldRide: How did you acquire your ride?
Jacobs: After saving for three years it was time to order my Camaro. All the dealers close to me were asking $5-10,000 over MSRP. A forum friend of mine told me got his for a great price in Southern California; the next thing I knew I was landing in Southern California. I picked up my car and attended three events with over 20 cars and ended up putting 800 miles on my Camaro before I made it home.
What drew you to it when you bought it?
The styling cues, power and MPG (yes, really) were what pulled me in. The styling cues are taken from the first generation Camaro which, for as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted. The power is great, I have always wanted a car with more than 100 hp at the wheels. All my previous cars were import econoboxes and, being a gearhead, I have always longed to drive a car that gave me an adrenaline rush. This car accomplishes all of that. I love the fact I can get up to 30 MPG on the highway, which is a huge bonus, especially with a supercharger and full exhaust.
Does your Camaro have a name?
My wife has dubbed the car Blue Rush. She originally wanted to give the car a first name, and it had to be a woman because of the gigantic posterior. I started looking at vanity plates in California. We couldn’t get any of our nicknames, so I tried to come up with a secondary word for the color (i.e. white lightning, blue thunder, etc.). After describing the powertrain modifications I planned on doing, my wife decided that Blue Rush was appropriate based on the rush of adrenaline she and I would receive when I stepped on the pedal. The name stuck and I was able to get a variation of the name on my license plate.
What do you feel like when you drive it?
A trillion dollars. Chevy has a term they say comes with the car when purchased, it’s called “Permagrin.” With the addition of the pedders coilovers, I now have a S.E.G. or s*** eating grin.
What would you change about your car?
There are not many things I would change; all are small details such as a power passenger seat and a louder stock exhaust. Even my wife, who isn’t a car person, gave me a hard time for having all that power and lacking the sound to match.
What have you done to make it a bolder ride?
Cosmetic – AAC Oracle concept style side markers, AAC Oracle blue interior lighting, AAC Oracle plasma P13w DRL bulbs, Full dash ambient lighting, True afterburner taillights, Gloss black with white pinstripe painted front bowtie emblem by RPI designs, Emblempros custom “Supercharged LS3″ badge, One-off LED door projectors, RK Sport ram air hood with carbon fiber blister, Seibon ST style carbon fiber trunk lid, Hand-made quad tip diffuser, Undercover Innovations under-hood show panel, Undercover Innovations dash plaque, DSV customs carbon fiber/leather steering wheel, True carbon fiber stripe with black to clear fade on the hood and IBM to clear fade on the underside of the spoiler, 20% side/5% rear window tint and Street Scenes lower grill with ducts
Powertrain - Procharger P1sc supercharger, Procharger stage II intake system, Procharger 4.25″ pulley, Stainless works long tube headers (2″ primaries, 3″ collector), and Custom Flowmaster hybrid Hushpower cat-back exhaust system with fabricated dual tips on each side
Suspension - Pedders xA coilovers, LSR Performance 3-way adjustable sway bars and PFADT Racing adjustable end links
Wheels/tires - USW Forged Proto monoblock wheels (22×9.5, 22×11) (Set 1 of 2 worldwide) and Pirelli Pzero Nero tires (265/30/22, 315/25/22)
Next on my mod list: a new bumper and vented fenders, a new set of bushings and some carbon fiber interior pieces. I hope to finish these modifications before the Camaro5Fest this summer.
Dream accessory you’d love to get for it and why?
My dream accessory is a full custom carbon fiber hood. I’d like to incorporate heat extraction vents and ducts that fit into my ProCharger Stage II intake tube. It’s a very niche piece that wouldn’t be profitable for a company to mass-produce, so it’s very expensive. It would really set off my car and finish my theme of “could-have-come-from-the-factory.”
Engine: 6.2L V8 LS3 (376 c.i.)
Overall length: 190.4 inches / 4836 mm
Wheelbase: 112.3 inches / 2852 mm
Height: 54.2 inches / 1377 mm (stock)
Width: 75.5 inches / 1918 mm
Curb weight: 3860 lbs / 1755 kg (stock)
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