Check Out “Recoil”, An Insane 1966 Chevelle Built By The Ring Brothers

Check Out “Recoil”, An Insane 1966 Chevelle Built By The Ring Brothers

When we were asked to be at the Royal Purple booth here at SEMA yesterday for the unveiling of a new car from Ring Brothers, we were most certainly excited, but we had no idea just how bad ass this Chevelle was going to be. And lets be clear here, we are early A-body fans, and have specifically built more than one 1966 Chevelle, so there was some hesitancy to see this thing for fear that the iconic front end, or some other key feature would be customized so much as to make us not like it. It still needed to have the heart and soul of a Chevelle as far as we were concerned.

Luckily, it does. But what about that paint color? I have to say, on paper, or by description, this doesn’t work. Who in their right mind would paint a car this color? I stood and talked with the Ring Brothers about that very subject immediately following the unveiling, and told them the very same thing. But what I told them, and I’ll tell you too, is that somehow it DOES work on this car. “I would never have believed it if you called and talked to me about it on the phone” I told Jim Ring just after the car was unveiled. “I know Chad, I was so nervous. Do you really like it? I was so worried that the new owner Chris, who’s never even seen a photo of the car, wouldn’t like it.” “We’ve had some people come in the shop and see it and ask what the hell we were thinking.”

It may be polarizing, but I like it. I think they did a great job, and we’d love to show you our own photos of it, but since everyone else also thinks they did a great job there is zero room to get photos of the thing right now. Instead we’ll let you take a look at all the ones we got from Jim and Mike, and let them tell us all about the Specs.

Study the photos, there is plenty to get lost in here.

Photos and Text by Ring Brothers

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Mike and Jim Ring never bring a knife to a gunfight, so they brought a 980 horsepower cruise missile constructed out of aircraft-grade alloys and composites and covered in paint befitting a war machine. Named “Recoil,” the ’66 Chevelle made its official debut in the Royal Purple booth at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, surrounded by some of the rarest, coolest and most powerful custom vehicles ever assembled.

“Recoil” is a departure for Ringbrothers, who usually build track-ready street cars – as it is really a street capable track car, complete with a modern art meets fighter jet cockpit and a driver data center complete with power and speed test data.

“Recoil” gets its muscle from a Whipple-supercharged Wegner Motorsports LS7 engine that outputs an astounding 980 horsepower. Special one-off fuel rail covers were precisely constructed for the Whipple supercharger to exactly match the design of the blower’s case. A Holley Fuel Injection System with an Aeromotive fuel cell and pump were installed to keep the 91 Octane fuel feeding monster powerplant. Flowmaster mufflers enhance the roar of the engine while Royal Purple XPR Extreme Performance Racing Oil keeps the engine running at its maximum potential. Power from the massive LS7 is harnessed by a Tremec T56 Magnum transmission reworked by Bowler and filled with Royal Purple Synchromax Manual Transmission Fluid to keep the transmission working at its peak efficiency. Finally, a Dynotech driveshaft sends the nearly 1,000 horses to the John’s Industries Ford 35 Spline nine-inch rear end.


Getting the Chevelle in motion are the brand new three-piece forged wheels called “Recoil,” a new model in the Ringbrothers wheel series from HRE that also made their debut at the SEMA Show.  Measuring 19×9 and 20×13, these custom rollers and are shod with 275/35/19 tires up front and massive 345/30/20 tires in the back.


The interior of the Chevelle is completely race-ready and is designed with form over function in mind. The entire interior was fabricated by hand from sheet metal and several interior pieces, including the floor, door panels and seats, were meticulously hydro-dipped to match the carbon fiber found throughout the car. Five point racing harnesses keep you firmly planted in the the custom crafted seats while a Racepak gauge cluster in a custom Ringbrothers billet housing displays all of the information the driver needs to go fast while keeping tabs on the car’s vital signs.

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“Recoil” is finished in a custom BASF Glasurit 90-Line Waterborne paint color named “Sand Storm,” and is adorned with custom, hand-laid carbon fiber panels and trim pieces that show off the highly detailed fit and finish Ringbrothers is known for, including the bumpers, mirrors, hood, trunk and inner fenders. The carbon fiber cloth used on the parts for “Recoil” is from the Mirage® line of materials that are custom designed by Composite Envisions. The material is woven in a 2×2 Twill style which is the most popular weave style among automotive enthusiasts in the U.S. This material is a hybrid of high strength, aerospace grade carbon fiber and a beautiful pure silver plated copper wire. Adding the wire to the carbon fiber provides the ability to retain the high strength that carbon fiber is known for while also giving a high end cosmetic appeal that creates an exclusive part while saving time and money with no post finishing required such as painting. The unique combination provides a very exclusive, ultra-high end cosmetic part with strength characteristics that far exceed aluminum and steel parts while providing a significant weight savings.

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Vehicle:  Ringbrothers 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle “Recoil”

Theme: Refined race car – race interior; show car exterior


Engine: Wegner Motorsports Inc. LS7 980 hp RHS Block and Head

Forced Induction: Whipple twin-screw supercharger

Meziere Intercooler Pump

Engine Oil:   Royal Purple XPR Extreme Performance Racing Oil

Engine Oil Weight:   5W30

Engine Extras: Holley Fuel Injection System

Transmission: Custom Tremec by Bowler

Transmission Oil:  Royal Purple Synchromax Manual Transmission Fluid

Rear End Manufacturer:  John’s Industries

Rear End Type:   35 Spline 9” Ford

Drive Shaft: Dynotech

Differential Oil:   Royal Purple Max Gear

Differential Oil Weight:   70W90 SAE

Additional Details: MAXFILM® Multipurpose Synthetic Lubricant


Type:   Rack and Pinion

Manufacturer:  Ford

Steering Column:  Ididit

Power Steering Fluid: Royal Purple – Max-EZ Power Steering Fluid


Seats:  Custom by Ringbrothers

Upholstery: Upholstery Unlimited

Gauges: Classic Instruments Boost Gauge, Racepak gauge cluster

A/C System:  Vintage Air

Stereo System

Head Unit:   Pioneer

Speakers: Kicker

Amplifier: Kicker

Wheels and Tires

Wheel Manufacturer/Model:  HRE/Ringbrothers Recoil

Front Wheel Size:  19×9.5

Rear Wheel Size:  20×13

Tire Manufacturer/Model: Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Front Tire Size:  275/35/19

Rear Tire Size: 345/30/20


Paint Manufacturer: BASF Glasurit Waterborne

Paint Color:  Sand Storm

Paint Booth: Global Finishing Solutions Ringbrothers Performer Booth

Tail light lens:  AM Hot Rod Glass

Carbon fiber material from Composite Envisions

Carbon fiber parts by Gemini Racing


Fuel Type: 91 Octane

Fuel Pump: Aeromotive

Fuel Tank/Cell: Aeromotive

Fuel Management:   Aeromotive

Fluids:  Royal Purple Max-Clean Fuel System Cleaner & Stabilizer


Front Manufacturer: Baer

Front Caliper Specs: 6R 6-Piston

Rear Manufacturer: Baer

Rear Caliper Specs: 6R 6-Piston


Battery Location:  Trunk

Battery Manufacturer:  OPTIMA


Header Manufacturer: Flowmaster

Header Details:  Customized by Ringbrothers

Exhaust Manufacturer: Flowmaster Stainless


Radiator: AFCO

Fans:  SPAL

Fluids:  Royal Purple – Purple Ice Radiator Coolant Additive


Chassis:  Roadster Shop Custom


Front Suspension Manufacturer:  Roadster Shop

Front Suspension Type: C5 Corvette Independent

Rear Suspension Manufacturer: Roadster Shop

Rear Suspension Type: 4-Link

Shock Manufacturer: AFCO

Sway Bars: Roadster Shop


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AM Hot Rod Glass

ARP Automotive Racing Products

Baer Brakes

Bowler Transmission

Composite Envisions


Dynotech Driveshafts

Gemini Racing

GFS – Global Finishing Solutions

Heat Shield Products


HRE Wheels

John’s Industries


Miller Welding


OPTIMA Battery

Vintage Air

Wegner Motorsports Inc.

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15 thoughts on “Check Out “Recoil”, An Insane 1966 Chevelle Built By The Ring Brothers

  1. GT

    Great clean custom work. and then it got painted Ford tractor grey … a bright red car will look great next to this back ground

  2. cdub

    Don’t get me wrong, the workmanship on this is just amazing. I mean blow your mind “how did they do that” amazing. I just can’t get used to this kind of treatment on a muscle car…too eurocar or something to me. My preference is more of a classic street machine look with some chrome here and there.

    Cool car that I have crazy respect for as far as the amount of work done, just not my cup of tea.

  3. Scott Liggett

    As usual, Ring Bros put together another top level build. There are always great details in the build and I enjoy looking over the car at all their custom one off work. But, for me, there are many things I wouldn’t like in my own car. And, non adjustable seats that don’t look the slightest bit comfortable in a permanent ghetto recline? Um, no.

  4. Nick D.

    I lost my taste for the RingBrothers after that first Mustang they built because the got successively more and more overwrought. But this, this one isn’t bad

  5. Grrr.

    Great workmanship, but butt ugly. The wheels are horrible and look like cheap knock offs from wheel emporium. The interior is more about being cool than about reality.

    I get why builders are build the cars the way they are now but seriously they are getting to be boring. The bomber seat thing was cool ten years ago and now they are in everything and the look out of place. The front end looks like a cross between a charger and a horse. The whole package isn’t what I’d like to see and I imagine I’m not alone. It’s gray which is every other car out there in the world next to white. Oh well follow the trend. Twenty years from now this will be pastel colored prostreet……..

  6. HotRod

    Here I thought that someone finally built a car for SEMA that can be street driven. Then I saw the seats. Those things can’t be comfortable.

  7. orange65

    Nice car- interesting details. The things you can do when the sky is the limit.

    Thankfully not just another red Chevelle!

  8. Barry_R

    Much better than many of their efforts – a huge step up from the butchery they did on last year’s Pantera (they managed to take a clean and iconic 70’s design and turn it into a 90’s era kit car looking cliché bundle of gitchy-goo add ons).

    I got used to the color pretty quickly and kinda like it. The overall effort is pretty understated considering the number of modifications. The seats are rather goofball but I can understand they are trying to make a statement. Some statements are best left “unstated”.

    The wheels could be cool – the rear is cool, but the front offset causes the “hoop” to overwhelm the view. Pulling the hoop back two inches would have made all the difference.

  9. Glen

    The cosmetics of this build are great but what really makes the statement about is the engineering and detail. Im not a Chevrolet fan but all I can say is bravo to a great Chevelle. Well done Ring Brothers.

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