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Ringbrothers 900-Horsepower Winnebago… You Had Us At 900 Horsepower w/ Video

Ringbrothers, an aptly named shop founded by bothers Mike and Jim Ring, show what a small team with big ideas can accomplish. The shop, located in the small hamlet of Spring Green, Wisconsin, has risen to the ranks of the elite in the car building realm. This can plainly be seen in their three innovate and eccentric 2016 SEMA cars.

The brothers Ring only build a handful of custom cars each year, so they are a “quality over quantity” type of operation. In fact, the shop serves as a typical collision and repair facility where locals can get “normal” body work and paint jobs done.

In recent years Ringbrothers have wowed the crowd at SEMA, winning the General Motors award for “Best Chevrolet of Show” at the 2014 show, numerous media-selected SEMA accolades, as well as back-to-back Goodguys Street Machine of the Year awards.

The brothers are up to their old tricks this year with a trio of innovative, unexpected, and impressive creations. The Happy Camper, a 1972 Winnebago RV, the Madam V, a melding of Cadillac ATS-V powertrain and a 1948 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe body, and G-Code, a hopped up 1969 Camaro.

For those who like big and bold, the Ringbrothers ‘bago should hit the spot. A blown LS 408 supercharged V8 provides the good times in the Happy Camper. The engine, built by Wegner Motorsports, generates around 900 horses, making this one fast way to relax and recreate. The V8 is backed by a built General Motors 4L80 transmission. As you can see from the video the inside is done up in a vintage diner vibe with all kinds of trinkets and signage scattered about. The RV was a hit at a Goodguys show back in 2014 and its legend grew, earning the big brute a trip to Sin City for the SEMA Show.

Madam V made its world debut at the SEMA Show. The Ringbrothers built the car for acclaimed collector Wes Rydell, who has won top tier trophies like the Ridler Award and the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award… so the brothers had high expectations to meet. This vehicle is the conjoining of three individual cars, a used 2015 and a new 2016 ATS-V and a 1948 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe.

One of the ATS-Vs was chopped and its chassis stretched a whopping 14 inches to better accommodate the old ’48 Series 62 body. All the underpinnings, interior, and the powertrain are from a 2016 Caddy. This means the car runs the ATS-V’s 364 horsepower twin-turbo V6. Yes, the Madam V is quite a ride.

The G-Code Camaro features a supercharged LS3 small-block that has been punched out to 416 cubic inches and is said to put down right around 1,000 horsepower. The power is funneled through a Tremec six-speed transmission. This Camaro handles like a dream thanks to an all-encompassing aftermarket suspension setup from Detroit Speed. All-important stopping power has been addressed with a Baer Brake Systems package featuring 15-inch rotors in the front and 14-inch rotors in the back. The paint scheme is a catchy design dubbed “Blue Print.” As expected the body work is pristine with the highlight being the hand-laid carbon fiber trim on the hood.

Ringbrothers is an elite builder for sure… but we’re wondering how long can the company continue to outdo themselves? They way they thrive under pressure it may be a while. As we like to say around here, “Innovation has no shelf life.”

Have fun in your garage!

 


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