Ed Hamburger and his son David have been building fast cars for over 3 decades. During the mid-’80s, GM’s Camaro and Firebird had great potential, but they were choked by bureaucracy. The Corvette team would not allow a competitor from within. So there was room for more power and torque while still being able to meet clean-air laws. Ed is a veteran drag racer, winning numerous races and building a wealth of knowledge along the way. That is how he and his team were able to reverse-engineer a 1990 Trans-Am, and the Firehawk was born.
Specialty Vehicle Engineering builds street-legal production cars that can be ordered from any GM dealer. I ordered my 2002 Camaro SS with every option, and it still runs like new. So I am thankful that I was able to drive their latest creation at this year’s Amelia Island Concours.
Taking delivery of a new Yenko 1000 Stage II along with their new GMC Syclone, I can truly say I have felt over 1,000 horsepower. I have spent 9 years at duPont REGISTRY driving fast cars and writing about them for you. This one is not like the others. Whatever is inside the supercharger should be kept under lock and key. Cruising along the beach on Florida’s A1A, their torque management program knows when to enable boost. With this much power, you can easily shift 1-3-5 or 2-4-6 without any objection. It is able to get loose in 4th without effort thanks to the hand-built 416 bottom end and their proprietary supercharger. If you want a 9-second daily driver, Don Yenko would approve of the SVE Stage II Camaro.