Powered by a 6.5-liter, big-block V-8 in its range-topping, SS396 trim, the 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle was one of the most well-remembered muscle cars of the 1960s. But although it was far from being as powerful as the LS6 454 of the early 1970s in standard form, there’s at least one 1966 Chevelle that can put modern supercars to shame. It goes by the name "Recoil" and it was crafted by the folks over at RingBrothers, known for building some of the most spectacular restomods out there.

Finished in BASF Sand Storm paint complemented by exposed carbon-fiber surfaces and racing stripes, the Chevelle "Recoil" boasts a supercharged, fuel-injected Wegner Motorsports LS7 V-8 powerplant that sends a massive 980 horsepower to the rear 20-inch wheels. Its race-ready interior is inspired by fighter jets and features more carbon-fiber than most modern-day sports cars. Voted Best in Show at the 2014 SEMA Show, the Chevelle "Recoil" just made a trip to Jay Leno’s Garage for a proper introduction that only a passionate gearhead like Leno can deliver.

Jay also invited James and Mike Ring, the masterminds behind RingBrothers, to tell the story behind their latest project, which, as it turns out, was very close to being name "Contraband" rather than "Recoil." Find out more about and watch Jay Leno put the insanely powerful Chevelle through its paces in the video above. Make sure you pump up the volume from the 18-minute mark onward for some amazing supercharged V-8 noise.

1966 Chevrolet Chevelle

1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
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Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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