Engines of Big Red

Embark on an adrenaline-fueled journey through the heart of horsepower with Big Red Camaro’s legendary engines. From “The Peanut,” a roaring testament to 1980s muscle, to the monstrous “Elephant” boasting up to 1,900 horsepower, each engine tells a tale of power, precision, and relentless pursuit of speed. With names like “The Bullet,” “The Monster,” and “The Beast,” these engines propel Big Red into the annals of racing history, dominating challenges from the Silver State Classic to the iconic Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.


The Peanut

  • Built in 1987
  • 850 horsepower
  • 540-cubic-inch Donovan block, AFR reads, Dart intake, Holley single-barrel 1050 Dominator
  • Used at 1988-1989 La Carrera Classica II and II
  • Big Red famously was dubbed the Outlaw
    using this engine


The Bullet

  • Built in 2009
  • 990 horsepower
  • 598-cubic-inch Brodix block, Big Duke heads, Hogan intake, custom carb by Mollicone
  • Used at 2011 Silver State Classic Challenge,
    VARA Big Bore Bash events


The Monster

  • Built in 2011
  • 1,108 horsepower
  • 598-cubic-inch Brodix block and heads, Hogan intake, Braswell custom dual-carb setup
  • Used in Baer Brakes-sponsored Z2Z Challenge, Top Speed mile challenges, 2011 Texas Mile
  • El Mirage, and Mojave Mile


The Elephant

  • Built in 2013
  • 1,440-1,900 horsepower
  • 598-cubic-inch supercharged, Brodix block, heads, and intake, The Carb Shop single four-barrel carb, ProCharger supercharger
  • Used at Mojave Magnum, Arkansas Mile, and Bonneville


The Beast

  • Built in 2017
  • 940 horsepower, 760 lb-ft of torque
  • Brodix block, Holley EFI, Edelbrock manifold/fuel
    injection/waterpump, Racepak, MSD ignition
  • Used at 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb


565 Elephant 2

  • Built in 2017
  • 2,000 horsepower with EFI; 1,750 horsepower, 1,250 lf-ft of torque (with 20 psi boost) with blow-through carb
  • Brodix block and heads, F3A ProCharger (via Component Drive Systems supercharger drive), RCD water pump drive system, Comp Cams belt drive, MSD Ignition
  • Used at Mojave Magnum, Arkansas 1-Mile Challenge, Bonneville SCTA Speed Week (with a blow-through carburetor)