A special Camaro is looking for a special home. The only pre-production, 2010 prototype Camaro is being auctioned at 3:45 PM Pacific, on Friday, August 16th, 2013, at the Mecum Auction, held at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa, Monterey, California.
We’re all aware of the 2009 GM bankruptcy, but what we weren’t aware of was the Camaro race car that evaded the hands of the government. Quickly sold to Riley Technologies, this pre-production, factory race car was built and tested in-house by Chevrolet, was shown at the 2008 SEMA show, and then sold to avoid the cancellation of the Camaro program.
The 8 year hiatus of the Camaro is a sad, but true part of Chevy history that cannot be erased. When the project to bring the Camaro back was enacted, the rebirth of a road race Camaro began. Replicating the days when GM excelled at the Trans-AM series in Mark Donahue's Sunoco Camaro, the 2008 Camaro race car was painted blue and yellow to pay tribute to the Chevrolet racing heritage.
The 5th-gen Camaro was tested in the GM Aero Lab, tuning the aerodynamics in a full size tunnel. The prototype "Race Kit" package includes springs, Koni shocks, brakes, cooling aids, and other chassis modification parts. The 6.3L, LS3 crate engine is coupled with a Tremec 6060 six-speed transmission. A carbon fiber hood, trunk lid, doors, fenders, and front and rear spoilers, a C&R racing aluminum radiator, and the three-inch exhaust system with Coast Fab mufflers, are all attached to the seam-welded, body-in-white/roll-cage structure.
Under the direction of GM Racing and Performance Division engineers, skilled Milford Proving Ground technicians built the car in the well-known Building 27 from pre-production parts. The car was sold privately to Riley Technologies, causing it’s rarity to increase. Few race cars are built in-house, fewer are privately owned.
This car has remained as originally shown by Chevrolet, has not been raced, and is still privately owned by Riley Technologies. Documentation includes the bill of sale and a photo album of step-by-step build details. Be sure to get yourself to the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa, Monterey, California by August 16th if you’re interested in purchasing this historic race Camaro.
Be sure to visit Mecum Auctions to learn more about this car and others like it being sold Friday, August 16th, 2013, in Monterey, California.