2010 SEMA Show: Chevrolet Camaro SSX Track Car makes its debut

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 2, 2010

GM unveiled today at the 2010 SEMA Show the Chevrolet Camaro SSX Track Car, a new concept that transforms the street Camaro SS into a closed-course track car. The new concept also showcases new performance parts and has purposeful aesthetic, with exterior appointments and suspension modifications.

Some of the modifications include new carbon fiber aero parts, such as front splitter and adjustable rear wing, new lightweight carbon fiber body panels, revised lower grille and unique brake cooling ducts.

The carbon body panels are not the only additions that lower the car’s weight, as the manufacturer also removed the car’s sound-deadening material, carpeting and rear seat.

Just like the Corvette Z06X Concept, the Camaro SSX Track Car comes with a low-gloss Icy White Metallic exterior paint contrasted by the carbon aero parts, door graphics/racing number and red details. In addition, a new set of track wheels wrapped in high performance tires were installed.

With the Chevrolet Camaro SSX, Chris Perry of Chevrolet Marketing stated that the company is testing concept cars that carry both racing performance and safe handling in normal roads.

Perry, who is VP for Chevrolet marketing, also said that the SSX concept all but signals the start of Chevrolet’s efforts to bring performance parts to Chevrolet car owners who also happen to be aficionados for car racing.

Press Release

Chevrolet Camaro SSX Track Car

Ever since the new Chevrolet Camaro’s launch last year, owners have explored the performance potential of the car. The Camaro SSX Track Car is a concept for transforming a street Camaro SS into a closed-course track car, and a showcase for new performance parts.

The Camaro SSX Track Car has a purposeful aesthetic, with exterior appointments and suspension modifications aimed at road course performance. They include carbon fiber aero parts – front splitter and adjustable rear wing – lightweight carbon fiber body panels, revised lower grille and unique brake cooling ducts. The carbon body panels significantly lower the Camaro’s weight, as does the elimination of much of the production car’s sound-deadening material, carpeting and rear seat.

Low-gloss Icy White Metallic exterior paint is contrasted with the carbon aero parts, door graphics/racing number and red details; and this competition-ready Camaro rolls on dedicated track wheels and tires. This concept was constructed with input from Pratt and Miller, Chevrolet partner in Corvette Racing, and Riley Technologies using parts proven in the Grand Am racing series.

VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS

Exterior:

  • Icy White Metallic color with red accents and door graphics
  • Carbon fiber hood, fenders, door and deck lid
  • Exposed carbon fiber front splitter, rockers and adjustable rear wing
  • Unique lower grille and brake ducts

Interior:

  • Carpeting, sound deadener and rear seat deleted
  • Ace suede-covered racing steering wheel and shifter
  • SCCA-approved roll cage and window net
  • Racing driver’s seat with five-point harness
  • Racing pedals
  • Fire suppression system
  • Fuel cell
  • Video camera system mounted on the roll cage

Performance:

  • LS3 6.2L V-8 enhanced with Chevrolet Performance Parts’ camshaft, cylinder heads and dry-sump oiling system
  • Production six-speed manual transmission with Corvette ZR1 twin-disc clutch
  • Low-restriction air induction and exhaust systems
  • Four-wheel disc racing brake system with six-piston front/four-piston rear calipers and drilled and slotted rotors
  • Modified production suspension with Pfadt licensed components
  • 20-inch racing wheels and tires

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