Wakanda Forever: Black Panther Chevrolet Camaro SS
Inspired by Marvel’s Black Panther movie, Atlanta-based custom shop FF8 Customs decided to give their 2016 Camaro SS the full Wakanda treatment. Specializing in late model Mopar, Ford and Chevrolet customizations, the husband and wife veteran-owned shop used the Camaro to hone their custom building skills.
When the sixth generation Camaro was released, owner Jay believed that the muscle car resembled a pouncing cat, giving him the idea to run with the theme.
The exterior features a total of four different vinyl wraps including satin metallic purple, dry carbon black, Kryptec Typhon, and black reflective. All over the car, details were subtly laid underneath the vinyl to create embossed designs.
The “pouncing cat” stance is made possible by an Airlift Performance 3P Management system which drops the 2016 Camaro SS over the Illusion Purple Rosso Icon wheels. Nitto Tires make sure the power makes it to the ground, with 255/35/20 Nitto NT555 G2 tires up front and huge, sticky 305/35/20 Nitto NT555R D.O.T. compliant drag radial tires in the rear. Powerstop drilled and slotted rotors work with the OEM brakes to bring the Camaro to a stop.
To compliment the wild look of the vinyl wrap job, FF8 Customs has added a lot to separate the Chevy from its stock look. Morimoto XB LED headlights and taillight assemblies replaced the factory units to add an even more aggressive look while also increasing lumen output.
Pieces from the Camaro ZL1 such as the hood and dive planes utilize OEM options that blend well with the aftermarket pieces. FF8 designed their own ground effects for the car, but utilize a Duraflex wide-body spoiler on the rear.
Although FF8 has kept the Camaro’s engine relatively stock, a Cold Air Inductions intake was added to get fresh, cool air into the V8 engine. An E85 Flex Fuel kit from Lethal Garage insures that the motor can take advantage of the higher octane fuel. A Mishimoto catch can defends the intercooler & intake from blow-by.
Jay says that reception of the car has been amazing. The Black Panther Camaro has been featured on NBC’s 4th season of their Caffeine and Octane television show. He says that the car will continue to change and evolve as he looks to add different services to his business.
One thing is for certain though, the Black Panther theme will live on. Wakanda forever!