We know that Hot Wheels created lots of toys inspired by Chevrolet cars, but the new Hot Wheels Camaro Concept is out of this world. Unveiled today at the 2011 SEMA Show, the vehicle is inspired by the “Custom Camaro” – the dazzling Spectraflame1:64-scale toy that was part of the original 16 Hot Wheels cars released in 1968.
That project was created by the Hot Wheels Design studio in California in collaboration with General Motors Design studio in Michigan.
The original car featured the metallic Spectraflame paint finish, while the Camaro Hot Wheels Concept comes with a brilliant, chrome-style finish created in a similar manner: a tinted top coat over a shiny base. Moreover, the green color is completed by satin black ground effects (splitter, rocker and rear fascia-side extensions), as well as by the 20-inch satin black wheels featuring a Torch Red stripe.
Furthermore, we find a ZL1 grille with Hot Wheels badging, Hot Wheels badge on the decklid, Euro-style taillamps with new inner smoked lens, Euro-style rear fascia with new diffuser and exhaust bezels, a new ZL1 rear spoiler, new Chevrolet Accessories Modified Satin Black Stripe and Black aluminum hood insert with milled hood vent extractors.
The interior features black leather-wrapped IP and door inserts with Torch Red accents, and cut-and-sew flames, Hot Wheels sill plates, a Chevrolet Accessories pedal kit and Hot Wheels cut-and-sew embroidered logos in the front seatbacks.
Its design keenly resembles the initial concept car, and it continues the tradition of style produced back in 1967 to 1969. It is the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro two-door sports coupe with traditional proportions within its dimensions: a length of 190.4 inches (4,836 mm), width of 75.5 inches (1,918 mm), height of 54.2 inches (1,376 mm) and wheelbase of 112.3 inches (2,852 mm).
The coupe’s powerful, sturdy fenders seemingly stretch the long hood and short deck to the corners, while its windshield is raked sleekly at 67-degrees to improve streamlining. In fact, drag coefficients are 0.35 on the V8 SS models and 0.37 on the V6 models.
Chevrolet Camaro coupe’s wheel arch openings were particularly focused on during development. It is designed so that the top of the tyre to bottom of the fender relationship is constant in all versions, whether fitted with the 18-inch standard, or 19- or 20-inch optional wheels.
The trademark V-shaped nose and the aluminium hood with 2.5-inch (63.5 mm) power dome are seen on all versions, just like the high-performance models of the Camaro. Meanwhile, the SS models are distinguished by upper front fasciae with simulated air intakes and larger lower air intakes.
Even the Camaro coupe’s roof features a Chevrolet signature – the sculpted twin cockpits adapted from the Corvette. Externally, the B-pillars cannot be visually discerned, which results in a hardtop coupe image.
These B-pillars are engineered for more stiffness. High production quality is maintained through utilisation of one-piece body stamping for seamless and gapless side devoid of any appliqués. The coupe also features the classic Camaro “gills” in front of the rear wheel housings.
There are ten body colours customers can choose from: Black, Victory Red, Rally Yellow, Silver Ice Metallic, Red Jewel Tintcoat, Cyber Grey Metallic, Aqua Blue Metallic, Inferno Orange Metallic, White and Imperial Blue Metallic.
The LT and SS models can also be customised with an RS appearance package consisting of HID headlamps with integrated halo rings, rear spoiler (for the LT), special rear lights and Midnight Silver finished 20-inch wheels.