I remember watching Trans Am back in the day when Tommy Kendall was dominating. In 2019, Lawrence Loshak won the first two races in the Burtin Racing Camaro. Teammate Tomy Drissi followed with a second place at the second race. Oh yeah, they qualified 1-2 for both races too. They invited us to hang out at the Laguna Seca round and we’re not one to turn down an opportunity to check out what it takes to make a winning combination of humans and machines.
If you haven’t kept up with Trans Am, we’ll give you the quick rundown on the TA class cars the Burtin team races. The quick and dirty is: tube frame chassis with a live-axle rear, 800+hp carbureted V8s, 5-speed transmissions with reverse, basic aero, and no driving aids. So yeah, they are basically full-size 800+hp go-karts that I bet are a riot to drive!
Trans Am cars have a minimum weight of around 2840lbs which in the motorsports world, is on the heavy side. Therefore, both of the side bumper openings are used to feed cooling air to the brakes.
This is the backside of the bumper (duh) where you can see the brake duct hoses attached.
Massive vented 2-piece rotors with Alcon 6-piston calipers convert the kinetic energy to heat in hauling the car down from speed. Trans Am TA class cars use a single wheel nut as opposed to the multi-lug of their distant NASCAR stock car cousins. Note the center lock hubs, just the thing for fast tire changes.