Project Corn Star came to us as your run-of-the-mill “cam only” fourth-gen. It had a slew of bolt-ons, but not much in the way of serious power. In other words, the typical LS-powered fourth-gen out there right now. But we wanted this to be an exercise in what it takes to make a fourth-gen a serious threat on the streets and the strip.
The first order of business? Add E85. Project Corn Star was aptly named because of its extensive use of ethanol-based fuel. We have never done an E85-powered vehicle on LSX and that needed to change. And, since we were adding a very knock-resistant fuel to the equation, it only made sense to see what the car could be capable of when combined with a little boost.
Several power adders were considered before landing on turbocharging-yet another first for the magazine. The project will explore the limits of both turbocharging and E85, as well as the fourth-gen Camaro’s driveline capabilities. The culmination of which will be an all-around street monster capable of half-mile racing, quarter-mile racing, the occasional autocross day, and fatty burnouts. In essence, we want our Corn Star to be well rounded-and potent.