GM North America revealed the new Camaro GS Racecar Concept which it hopes will move the brand further into the 21st century. This particular concept car was inspired by the unique blue-and-yellow Camaro used by Mark Donohue during the Trans Am road racing series.
Donohue was one of the most incredible racers of the particular series, driving all the way to the championship with the #6 1969 model. In order to come up with a tribute to the iconic Donohue model, Riley Technologies worked in partnership with the High Performance Vehicle Operations of GM to recreate both the feel and look of this historical race car.
The result is a car that can more than keep up with the more modern pony car competitors. However the new Camaro is not limited to being a concept car but also serves as the prototype of the Grand Am Koni Challenge GS.
Based in North Carolina, Riley Technologies has been responsible for many of the race cars, in addition to the GS Concept, that have been in competition during the 2009 Grand-Am season. According to Ed Peper, vice-president of GM’s North American operations, the new Camaro is aimed at both the young customers and those who are young of heart.
The Camaro is able to more than complement the amazing driving experience with its world-class design, Peper adds. When this concept car was revealed during SEMA, it highlighted the different features while enticing the imagination of many car enthusiasts.
In order to be certified as a race car fit to compete in the series, the Camaro GS has, among many others, reinforced drivetrain and chassis, and a race-ready suspension. The car has in fact managed to achieve a record number of hours on a racetrack when Riley Technologies was still working on improving the dial-in the powertrain and chassis.
The exterior highlights of the Camaro GS include fenders, doors, hood, and trunk lid made with carbon fiber. The whole body is in white and is seam-welded. At the rear portion, we see the 3-inch exhaust system that has Coast Fab mufflers.
Inside, the Camaro GS has a LS3 V-8 engine that also has solid engine mounts and is paired with the close-ratio gearing Tremec 6060 six-speed manual transmission. Its engine oil cooler has been upgraded as well and the C& R radiator is made from aluminum.
Finally, upgrades were also done on the differential coolers and transmission. GM is proud of the fact that when it was initially exhibited at SEMA, the Camaro GS was recently used on the track showing everything from the brake dust and grime in order to highlight its performance.
Obviously, this is a car that did not spend all its time just sitting inside a workshop. While it may not have a perfect sheet metal, it is more than proud to show all the marks due to competition and treats them as a badge of honor.
Similar to the '69 Camaro used by Donohue, the new Camaro GS also displays the deep blue color scheme with yellow highlights. The interior and the racing wheels come in yellow as well.