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Camaro Racing Prototype To Be Auctioned In Monterey

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The World Class Automotive Film and Arts Festival won't be the only new addition to the Monterey automobile weekend. To top off the myriad unique and rare cars at the event will be a one of a kind pre-production 2010 Prototype Camaro up for auction.

The Prototype Camaro was built in 2008 completely in-house by GM's performance group as the official car for Grand American racing. Although that plan fell through, the Camaro is still a beautiful piece of machinery and a powerhouse. Firstly, most factory racecars aren't built completely in-house, so that alone sets this Camaro apart from the rest. Secondly, even fewer of these factory racecars make it into the hands of an private owner. And lastly, this car survived GM's 2009 bankruptcy in one piece, which is a feat on its own.

When the Camaro was being revived after an 8-year absence, the automaker decided to create a racing model to continue the long line of racing history in GM's name. With the moral support of Chevrolet Marketing, GM Racing and Performance Division took the plans to Building 27, where they would soon create a masterpiece, all out of homegrown materials.

GM Performance Engine Center, located in Wixom, Michigan, designed and developed the 6.3-liter LS3 crate motor, while GM Aero Lab zeroed in on the perfect aerodynamic calibrations. Meanwhile, at GM's Proving Ground, the suspension was fine-tuned to perfection. To tie it all together, GM Design Staff designed a blue and yellow paint job reminiscent of Mark Donahue's Sunoco Camaro at the Trans-Am racing series. Once all the individual parts were finished, they joined and finally put the car together at the GM Proving Ground, where it was tested and finalized.

The only thing keeping this Camaro from bursting at the seams with specialty parts is its seam-welded roll-cage. Its LS3 engine is partnered to a Tremec 6060 six-speed transmission. It features springs, Koni shocks, brakes, cooling aids, and more. The exterior is enveloped in lightweight carbon fiber, including the hood, truck lid, doors, fenders, and the front and rear spoilers. Lastly, it hosts a C&R aluminum radiator and a three-inch exhaust system with Coast Fab mufflers.

The Prototype Camaro made its public debut in 2008 at the SEMA show, where it turned heads. Soon after SEMA, GM attempted to make the Camaro the submission car for Grand-American race series, but before that deal was completed, GM filed for bankruptcy. With the Prototype Camaro and the entire program at stake, GM sold it to Riley Technologies. The Camaro, which has never been raced, is still at the hands of Riley Technologies. However, in August, some lucky, and very wealthy, individual will own the 2010 Prototype Camaro.

It is scheduled to be auctioned on Friday, August 16, at 3:45 PM at the Mecum Auction, which will take place at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa.

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Camaro Racing Prototype To Be Auctioned In Monterey

 

The World Class Automotive Film and Arts Festival won't be the only new addition to the Monterey automobile weekend. To top off the myriad unique and rare cars at the event will be a one of a kind pre-production 2010 Prototype Camaro up for auction.

 

The Prototype Camaro was built in 2008 completely in-house by GM's performance group as the official car for Grand American racing. Although that plan fell through, the Camaro is still a beautiful piece of machinery and a powerhouse. Firstly, most factory racecars aren't built completely in-house, so that alone sets this Camaro apart from the rest. Secondly, even fewer of these factory racecars make it into the hands of an private owner. And lastly, this car survived GM's 2009 bankruptcy in one piece, which is a feat on its own.

 

When the Camaro was being revived after an 8-year absence, the automaker decided to create a racing model to continue the long line of racing history in GM's name. With the moral support of Chevrolet Marketing, GM Racing and Performance Division took the plans to Building 27, where they would soon create a masterpiece, all out of homegrown materials.

 

GM Performance Engine Center, located in Wixom, Michigan, designed and developed the 6.3-liter LS3 crate motor, while GM Aero Lab zeroed in on the perfect aerodynamic calibrations. Meanwhile, at GM's Proving Ground, the suspension was fine-tuned to perfection. To tie it all together, GM Design Staff designed a blue and yellow paint job reminiscent of Mark Donahue's Sunoco Camaro at the Trans-Am racing series. Once all the individual parts were finished, they joined and finally put the car together at the GM Proving Ground, where it was tested and finalized.

 

The only thing keeping this Camaro from bursting at the seams with specialty parts is its seam-welded roll-cage. Its LS3 engine is partnered to a Tremec 6060 six-speed transmission. It features springs, Koni shocks, brakes, cooling aids, and more. The exterior is enveloped in lightweight carbon fiber, including the hood, truck lid, doors, fenders, and the front and rear spoilers. Lastly, it hosts a C&R aluminum radiator and a three-inch exhaust system with Coast Fab mufflers.

 

The Prototype Camaro made its public debut in 2008 at the SEMA show, where it turned heads. Soon after SEMA, GM attempted to make the Camaro the submission car for Grand-American race series, but before that deal was completed, GM filed for bankruptcy. With the Prototype Camaro and the entire program at stake, GM sold it to Riley Technologies. The Camaro, which has never been raced, is still at the hands of Riley Technologies. However, in August, some lucky, and very wealthy, individual will own the 2010 Prototype Camaro.

 

It is scheduled to be auctioned on Friday, August 16, at 3:45 PM at the Mecum Auction, which will take place at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa.

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