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Can You Say LS1, 302, and Camaro Without a Smile?

Tony Kelly Feb 1, 2006 0 Comment(s)

This magazine stuff isn't all bad. We get around to places many people never see, we get to see really cool cars, and we meet some great people. GM's Scott Settlemire, who many of you know as "Mr. Camaro," opened up the treasure chest for us when we visited him a while back. We peeked inside, and after an inordinate amount of time of uttering our oohhs and aahhs, we got down to taking photos so we could share what GM keeps locked up when they aren't taking these cars to shows or special events. We're thankful not only to Scott for opening up the hallowed halls, but to people like him at GM who have jumped in and saved many of these treasures. Over the years, there have been many great GM products pushed out the doors of many facilities being closed, and no one is sure where these cars are now. Fortunately, we now know where a bunch of 'em are, and over the next few months we'll be showing them to you.

This Fourth-Generation car was built as a salute to the original '67-'69 Camaro Z/28, which is why the Westech Automotive LS1 engine now displaces 302 ci--the same as the earlier Z/28, which terrified the competition in Trans Am racing. It's an aluminum block, produces 435 hp at 6,000 rpm, uses a special ratio T-56 transmission (2.97:1 first gear) with a Billet Hurst shifter, mounts LS6 cylinder heads modified by Advanced Airflow Engineering, has TT5 Power System headers, a cat-back exhaust, and computer calibration, with a Center Force clutch and pressure plate, a carbon fiber driveshaft, and heavy-duty 4.10:1 differential and axles from SLP.

It is a driver, having been on the Power Tour, and the suspension has been upgraded with Hotchkis springs, sway bars, rear control arms, panhard bars, strut tower brace, and subframe connectors. Brakes are 14-inch Baer Racing cross-drilled rotors with Alcon calipers. Shocks are Koni double adjustable. That rollbar inside is from L.G. Motorsports, which surrounds Recaro seats and five-point belts.

On the outside is a SLP bow-tie grille, special striping, and "302" badging. Wheels are American Racing 18x10 Torq-Thurst II wheels, rolling on BF Goodrich g-force ultra-high performance tires, size P295/35ZR18. A worthy salute to the original Z/28.

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