Sareni United unveils the Chevrolet Camaro GT race car

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 3, 2012

Sareni United revealed today its newly designed Camaro GT, a brand new GT3 car that promises to make an impression on racing tracks all around the world. For those who don’t know, Sareni United is a company started by Hans Reiter (founder of Reiter Engineering, well-known for its Lamborghini race cars).

New Camaro GT is powered by a 7.9 litre eight-cylinder (V8) engine delivering 650 hp and up to 800 Nm of torque.

The engine is mated to a newly designed HOLINGER gearbox. This gearbox shift system with paddle shift on the steering wheel weighs only 37 kg. As expected, the power is delivered to the ground to the rear tyres.

The new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro pays tributes to the original model -- built from 1967 through 1969 – by sporting a similar design. Its classic proportions are defined with a length of 190.4 inches (4,836 mm), width of 75.5 inches (1,918 mm) and height of 54.2 inches (1,376 mm), with a wheelbase of 112.3 inches (2,852 mm).

Thanks to a long hood and short deck pushed to the corners of the muscular fender forms as well as to 67-degree rake windshield, the V-6 versions boasts of a 0.37 coefficient of drag (Cd) on V-6 models while the V-8-powered SS version comes with a 0.35 Cd – both exposing a superb aerodynamic performance.

Meanwhile, the Camaro’s wheel arch openings reveal 18-inch wheels (standard), or 19-inch or 20-inch wheels (optional), with a consistent relationship between the top of the tire and bottom of the fender on all models.

In addition, the new Camaro is provided with a classic "V" design motif in the nose and a 2.5-inch (63.5 mm) power dome in the aluminum hood. SS models feature a simulated air intake in the upper front fascia and a larger lower air intake. On the other hand, the top section of the new Camaro borrows a styling cue from Corvette to parade a more characteristic Chevrolet presence: the sculpted twin cockpits across the roof.

Since the B-pillar -- designed to provide greater structural rigidity -- seems invisible when viewed from the outside, the Camaro looks like a hardtop coupe. Chevrolet employed a one-piece body stamping to ensure quality during the manufacturing process, thereby resulting to a cleaner and neater side appearance free from gaps, seams and plastic appliqués.

Helping identify the new car as a true Camaro are the "gills" in the front of the rear quarter panel. Customers could choose from ten available exterior colors: Aqua Blue Metallic, Black, Cyber Gray Metallic, Imperial Blue Metallic, Inferno Orange Metallic, Rally Yellow, Red Jewel Tintcoat and Silver Ice Metallic, Victory Red and White.

LT and SS models of the Camaro could be availed with an RS appearance package that includes HID headlamps with integrated halo rings, specific taillamps, 20-inch wheels with a Midnight Silver finish and a rear spoiler on the Camaro LT.

Press Release

Sareni United Chevrolet Camaro GT Race Car

International GT sports will see a spectacular and powerful package in 2012. The German company SARENI United is now offering the newly designed Camaro GT. The US car will make an impression on racing tracks all around the world with its 800 Nm from up to 650 HP. The power is transmitted to the rear tyres from a 7.9 litre eight-cylinder (V8) by a newly designed HOLINGER gear box. The HOLINGER speed shift system with paddle shift on the steering wheel is extremely light, weighing only 37 kg, shifts gears very fast and is designed for high torque. The US engine developer KATECH received clear specifications: close-to-production, low cost, service performance of 10,000 km and maximum power.

The car was developed under the direction of Reiter Engineering in Germany. Founder and owner Hans Reiter got the idea when he went to the USA in 2010. “I was immediately fascinated by the design. The Camaro is a real men’s car, a muscle car, it is designed to be on a race track”, says Hans Reiter who founded SARENI United especially for this project.

A team of 12 developed the new car within one year. The FIA approved the start of the homologation in October 2010.

The first tests with the prototype went extremely well. The leading developer for SARENI United, Franz Russegger, was satisfied. “The Camaro is fast and the lap times are similar to the Lamborghini Gallardo. We had hoped for this result but there is still a lot of work to do”.

Security is another special focus for the Camaro GT. In addition to the mandatory roll cage it provides a newly designed fuelling system which was developed by Krontec and will raise the bar with regard to security. Krontec will launch this system in 2012. There is also a big crush zone in the front and the rear of the car, conditioned by the outside dimensions.

The planned revision cycle for the engine and the gear box is at 5,000 km and both parts are expected to work for 10,000 km. New measurements and impressions after an intensive test programme with the experienced pilot Peter Kox (NLD) and Charlie Geipel (DEU) will result in further improvements before the first cars will be delivered.

The Camaro GT is a new and cost-effective GT racing car which will attract more teams. The developers continue working on the racing car to make it suitable for endurance races.

YACO Racing Team from Germany is the first team to order two Camaros which will be used in the ADAC GT Masters races in Germany in 2012. The cars will be delivered in March, in time for the debut of the Camaro GT in Oschersleben from April 12th – 14th.

Engine: V8, 7,883 ccm cubic capacity, up to 650 HP
Torque: > 800 Nm
Drive: Rear wheel
Gear box: Holinger shift speed system with rocker switch on the steering wheel
Weight: 1,295 kg
Wheel base: 2,886 mm

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