Meet, “THE LACROY”, an artistic endeavor by digital car creator Colorsponge, who wanted a muscle car to defy all expectations. Everything about it, from the custom bodywork to the raw look, defies the expectations of a Chevy Camaro fan.
Yet we only need to look towards Chevy’s arch-enemy in the pony car wars to find something similar. That’s right, there’s a Ford that looks just as crazy. Back a few years ago, the Mustang was still one of the most important and beautiful cars of all time, but the custom scene had entered a period of staleness.
Enter Ken Block and his Hoonicorn. “What, AWD, in an old Mustang? You’re not supposed to do that!” everybody thought. But the car could do it all – Goodwood, Pikes Peak, and, of course, Gymkhana. Fast forward to 2021 and Ken turns into an Audi man, leaving his 14-year-old daughter to race in the twin-turbo Ford. Maybe that’s why a Chevy feels like it can challenge it more easily.
We’re only kidding, of course. Because it’s unfortunately not a real race car. But CGI automotive artist Carlos “Colorsponge” put so many details on the build that you’d think it just finished a race. You’ve got scratches, dirt, rivets, and lots of sponsor graphics. Maybe that’s why his PC needs to have 128 GB of RAM. Don’t try this on a potato!
Let’s talk specifics. Even though there are no details in his posts, it’s obviously fair to assume that this started off as a 2nd-generation Camaro. Now, that was made from 1970 until 1981, but we want this to be a 1973 Camaro Z28, easily one of the most beautiful muscle cars of all time.
Not much is left of the original design, though. Like the Hoonicorn, all four fenders have been flared out and sit over race tires with custom suspension. The boxed-in chassis and insane levels of aero would prepare this car for events a normal 1970s Chevy would struggle with, from racing sideways to drag racing 2000 horsepower supercars.
Meanwhile, the custom-fabricated scoop on top of the hood seems like a nod to the early version of Ken Block’s Mustang, Hoonicorn V1, which made “only” 845 hp from its Roush-Yates 410ci (6.7-liter) V8 as opposed to the twin-turbo monster it is today.