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The WS6 Trans Am is a lot of things, but one thing it certainly is not is bland. Its styling is commonly described as "sinister" and "intimidating." In stock trim, the combination of athletic suspension and a surplus of power allow the WS6 to perform well beyond its price range. Even with all this, does the bark match the bite? Well, 23-year-old Rob Barney and 27-year-old Nate Corwin didn't think so. They felt their WS6s should be just as nasty and mean as they look.
Rob's Mad Vision
Nasty Nate's Performance, run by Nate and Joe Haines, was only in its infancy when Rob brought his '00 WS6 in to have some work done to it. "At the time, Rob was 18 and he had the cleanest T/A I had ever seen," says Nate.
The shop installed a mild cam, and Rob was eager to learn about the procedure. It didn't take long before Rob was over all the time, helping Nate and Joe work on other customer cars, learning as he went.
His project took new life as he began to push the Pontiac further each month. With a couple bolt-ons under his belt, he started to look at the big picture. An Eibach Pro Kit was installed to suck the T/A to the ground by approximately 2 inches. The factory Bilstein HD shocks on all four corners retain performance and comfort, while UMI rear lower control arms, BMR subframe connectors, and a Hotchkis panhard bar make sure the chassis is taut through the corners. A set of CCW 505a wheels were installed to help him take home the gold at any car show he chooses to enter. The 19-inch wheels are 9.5-inches wide in front and 10-inches out back with 275/30ZR19 and 295/30ZR19 Pirelli PZero tires.
Soon Rob demanded more power, so the cam was tossed out for a new custom-spec Crane cam with a 232/234-degrees duration, massive 0.624/0.590-inch lift, and a 112-degree LSA. The stock heads were replaced with Dart 225s that Al Keller at Lingenfelter Performance Engineering (LPE) ported to flow 332 cfm at 0.600 lift. They feature Manley 2.05/1.60 valves, Crane dual springs, Manley 7.40-inch pushrods, and stock 1.7:1 rockers. The compression ratio is 11.35:1. The oil pump is a ported unit from Katech and a Racetronix fuel system feeds SVO green top 42-lb-hr injectors.
Air is inhaled through a 98mm Fast Toys intake lid and an 85mm Z06 MAF. A 92mm FAST throttle body and intake manifold then distribute it to each intake port. Once the air/fuel mixture is ignited, it's released through a set of Pacesetter 1.75-inch headers, an off-road Y-pipe, and a GMMG chambered exhaust.
Richmond 4.10 gears were installed in the factory 10-bolt, but there are plans to replace the rear, as the power level continues to rise. Green Light Motorsports tuned the T/A before it hit the dyno and it put down an impressive 450 rwhp and 395 lb-ft on a DynoJet through the stock T56 trans.
After seeing how well Rob's intake turned out, Nate asked him to paint his for him. The br
The profile of Nate's WS6 shows how finely tuned his ride height is, thanks to the adjusta
Nate's interior is about as stock as they come. The only noteworthy change is the line-loc
Nasty Nate Steps To The Plate
All this time around cars had Nate thinking about getting another T/A. He was currently driving an '03 Grand Am and had a '95 Trans Am sitting at home, but he couldn't get the LS1 T/A out of his head. Then, the fateful day came in October of 2007. "I was working for a used car dealership, Preferred Auto in Fort Wayne, and this Bright Silver Metallic '02 WS6 was traded in," he says. Not only was the car in near-perfect condition, it was his favorite color. Nate nabbed it for a cool $14,000 and drove it home.
The modification process to Nate's car didn't take very long to get started, as the pair teamed up to modify the suspension and driveline. The interior was untouched except for the installation of a line-lock switch. Up front, QA1 double-adjustable shocks and QA1 315-lb-rate springs offer the best of both worlds in comfort and performance. Out back, Wolfe Race Craft adjustable spring perches hold a pair of 2-inch-drop Afco springs to complement the QA1 single-adjustable shocks and BMR lower control arms.