Mid-Engine Canyon Carver Camaro Concept - February 2010 Camaro Concept

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This month's Camaro Concept may be more fantasy than reality, but it is buildable with some body fabrication and chassis know-how, oh and a fat wallet behind it. The recipe is quite simple really; start with one part Gen IV Camaro, I used a '98 for my design, stretch the wheelbase a foot behind the front seats, and shorten the wheelbase 6 inches in front of the firewall.

Camp 1002 01 O Mid Engine Canyon Carver Camaro Concept 2/2

Next, add an '09 Corvette ZR-1 427ci small-block and its six-speed transaxle, and mount the motor directly to the transaxle and set the whole drivetrain behind the front seats.

Anyone who knows me understands I like deep-lip wheels. To get those deep-dish wheels under the Camaro, a set of bulging fender flares were added. In addition to the flares, I restyled the taillight panel with '84-90 Corvette taillights and cut some wastegates into the rear bumper. Of course an LS1 is an air-gulping machine, so the Ferrari 308-style sidescoops were added to force air into the mouth of the monster.

So if you've always dreamed of building a mid-engine supercar using Detroit hardware, here's an approach you might ponder. Considering the low cost of admission into a base model Gen IV F-body, this may be a way to go.

For more of Keith's designs and artwork go to www.kaucherkustoms.com




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