SonicInsider Chats With Neil Tjin

While at SEMA, one of our highlights was getting to interview a handful of the Sonic concept vehicle builders. Here, SonicInsider.com's Andy Williamson spends some time with renowned builder, Neil Tjin, of the Tjin Edition Roadshow, discussing his unique race-inspired Sonic sedan.

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When Rob Dyrdek woke up today, he was just another man. Another man with over 6 million Facebook friends, numerous shows on MTV and hordes of fans around the world. You know, just like any one of us. But today, today was different. Today on the 16th of December in the year 2011, Rob became "Super Sonic Rob". He did this by becoming the first man in history to successfully kickflip a car -- more notably, the first to kickflip a Chevy Sonic. Visit http://www.SonicInsider.com for more on the event.





The Tjin Edition Camaro SS SEMA Leak Video
With SEMA quickly approaching, the Tjin Edition RoadShow team, led by Neil Tjin, received their brand new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS with less than 20 miles on the odometer. Having planned out the design well before the arrival, Neil and the team at Real AutoWorks in La Habra, CA got right to work and within a day had the LS3 motor pulled, the interior completely gutted and the rest of the car taken disassembled. On the exterior, the Tjin Edition RoadShow Camaro SS features super slick, yet subtle modifications. The factory black paint has been replaced with a custom DuPont Cromax Pro two-tone green paint scheme; on the outside, the Camaros body has been sprayed in a custom metallic green, while the engine bay and body accents were sprayed in a darker matte green finish. To accentuate the exterior of the car, Revolution Styling supplied a front lip spoiler and vented hood, LightWurkz remodeled the Camaros headlights, taillights and fog lights with LED technology, and Ignited HID provided the lighting for the headlights and fog lights. When the time came for the Tjin Edition RoadShow Camaro SS to be outfitted with its rollers, Neil and iForged worked together and created a one-off set of 22 and 24 iForged Seneka wheels finished with carbon fiber barrels, brushed faces and black bolts. The custom three-piece iForged wheels are matched up with an equally impressive set of Falken FK-452 tires measuring 255/30/22 up front and 275/25/24 in the rear to keep the Camaro on track when on the road. To keep the SS under control, SSBC designed a custom big brake kit especially for the build which included bright purple eight-piston calipers along with crossed-drilled and slotted rotors. Although all of the above upgrades are key, the fully digital air system suspension provided by Air Lift helps to bring it all together. The digital set up will allow the Tjin Edition RoadShow Camaro SS to be lowered or raised with the simple push of a button all while maintaining its stellar handling capabilities. Finishing off the suspension and handling upgrades on the SS, PFADT Race Engineering stepped up and provided front and rear sport sway bars. Real AutoWorks really showed off their creative skills with the transformation of the Camaro interior and in-car entertainment system. Real AutoWorks was responsible for rewrapping the entire Camaro interior in a custom t-tech and suede material, which features purple double stitching throughout to match the purple SSBC calipers. The stock Camaro seats and gauges were replaced in favor of carbon fiber Status Racing / Tjin Edition RoadShow racing seats and a plethora of GlowShift digital gauges. The Camaros in-car entertainment is highlighted by two 12 Realm Audio flat subwoofers, two amplifiers, two components sets, and a Azentek smart mirror which features a touch screen LCD monitor, built in Bluetooth, integrated GPS Navigation, and rear view camera. Real AutoWorks customized the trunk section with custom speaker boxes, an amp rack, NX carbon fiber bottle holder, and an enclosure for the Odyssey batteries and Air Lift tanks and compressors. Finishing off the Tjin Edition RoadShow Camaro is an engine bay that will have people talking, thanks to the guys at Vortech and JE Pistons. Turnkey Engine Supply rebuilt the stock LS3 motor. The block was disassembled, deburred, honed to a 4.070" finished bore size then finally cleaned for assembly. Turnkey then measured each component to verify the clearance was correct for a forced induction application. The engine was then assembled with a K1 Technologies 4.000" stroke forged crankshaft, K1 Technologies 6.125" H-beam billet rods, JE Pistons forged "FSR" Pistons, 8.8:1 compression ratio, JE Pro Seal Rings: 1.2mm steel nitrided top rings, 1.5mm Napier second rings, 3.0mm low tension oil rings, ACL Main and Rod Bearings, ARP Head Studs and Turnkey Engine Supply Pushrods. Once the 415 cubic inch motor was reinstalled, all the fluids were topped off and Royal Purple XPR 5W-30 motor oil was poured into the motor. Next it was time to bolt on the Vortech Supercharger, American Racing headers, MagnaFlow Exhaust, BDL Automotive fuel rails, and Nitrous Express direct port set-up. Vortech not only provided the Supercharger kit, but they were also responsible for the installation, tuning and calibration of the car. A S.P.E.C. twin-disk clutch was installed to go with the new power that can be found under the hood of this Camaro. Aesthetically the engine bay has been outfitted with BDL Automotive clamps, GM Addiction billet caps, and a Unique Auto Design carbon fiber fuse box cover and engine shroud.





Tjin Edition Chevy Cruze | PHOTO M.D.
Wheel Specs: Rotiform TMB 19x8.5 and 19x9.5 on 215/35 and 225/35/19. Rotiform does not release the offsets but the lip sizes are 3" and 3.5". Coilovers: Pedders Bodykit: 3D Carbon Paint: Dupont Vinyl: Wraptivo Lights: LED Light Wurkz Photo M.D. http://www.facebook.com/MIkeyDangPhotography DaYUUM http://www.dayuum.com/ https://www.facebook.com/hot.dayuum Tjin Edition http://tjineditionroadshow.com/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tjin-Edition/160132773605 UTI http://www.uti.edu/ https://www.facebook.com/UTI Youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/PVRMotorsports Vimeo http://vimeo.com/pvrmotorsports Special Thanks to RJ from CarsXHype for help shooting. Soundtrack: Instrumental Core - The Last Mistake http://www.youtube.com/user/TheInstrumentalCore




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