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Old 10-10-2012, 08:43 PM   #1
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Camaro SSX Concept - 1LE beginnings?

What the 1LE "could have been"...


http://www.netcarshow.com/chevrolet/2010-camaro_ssx_concept/


"The SSX concept explores taking Camaro's excellent street performance and extending it into a road course context," said Chris Perry, vice president, Chevrolet marketing. "The car expresses Camaro performance while also signaling Chevrolet's new commitment to developing and offering a portfolio of performance parts for racing enthusiasts."


The Chevrolet Camaro SSX Track Car has a purposeful aesthetic, with exterior appointments and suspension modifications aimed at road course performance. They include carbon fiber aero parts - front splitter and adjustable rear wing - lightweight carbon fiber body panels, revised lower grille and unique brake cooling ducts. The carbon body panels significantly lower the Camaro's weight, as does the elimination of much of the production car's sound-deadening material, carpeting and rear seat.


Low-gloss Icy White Metallic exterior paint is contrasted with the carbon aero parts, door graphics/racing number and red details; and this competition-ready Camaro rolls on dedicated track wheels and tires. This concept was constructed with input from Pratt and Miller, Chevrolet partner in Corvette Racing, and Riley Technologies using parts proven in the Grand Am racing series.




Exterior
  • Icy White Metallic color with red accents and door graphics
  • Carbon fiber hood, fenders, door and deck lid
  • Exposed carbon fiber front splitter, rockers and adjustable rear wing
  • Unique lower grille and brake ducts
Interior
  • Carpeting, sound deadener and rear seat deleted
  • Ace suede-covered racing steering wheel and shifter
  • SCCA-approved roll cage and window net
  • Racing driver's seat with five-point harness
  • Racing pedals
  • Fire suppression system
  • Fuel cell
  • Video camera system mounted on the roll cage
Performance
  • LS3 6.2L V-8 enhanced with Chevrolet Performance Parts' camshaft, cylinder heads and dry-sump oiling system
  • Production six-speed manual transmission with Corvette ZR1 twin-disc clutch
  • Low-restriction air induction and exhaust systems
  • Four-wheel disc racing brake system with six-piston front/four-piston rear calipers and drilled and slotted rotors
  • Modified production suspension with Pfadt licensed components
  • 20-inch racing wheels and tires


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Old 10-10-2012, 11:52 PM   #2
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Thank God we got the 1LE instead. Seriously.

Most of the changes on the SSX could not be factory installed on a street legal OEM vehicle (engine mods, roll bar, race seat, etc). Of the few remaining items (brakes, CF body) those would have pushed the car dangerously near the ZL1 price point. Fail. What's left that we didn't get onthe 1LE? A horrendously styled rear wing and some aftermarket suspension bits.

Again, thank God we got the 1LE instead!

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Old 10-11-2012, 08:11 AM   #3
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The only thing I regret not having on the 1LE is the six piston ZL1 calipers and two piece rotors. Maybe after a few track days I'll know more of if I really need 6 pistons or if the 4 pistons are suffiecient for my needs.
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:07 AM   #4
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I want those stripes, rocker panels, chin spoiler and wheels for my car! I can definitely do without that wing though...
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:40 PM   #5
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SSX sounds good. Too bad there's no video of it running on a track


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Old 10-11-2012, 02:12 PM   #6
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Nice videos... this is definately a Trans AM series package car. GM would have had many buyers.

I especially like the stance of the SSX.
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:25 PM   #7
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I that wing is functional, but not needed for street and would look way off. Streetwise and occasional track use, an aesthetic/functional spoiler would be much better.
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:41 PM   #8
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If GM had many buyers the SSX would have been built. They brought it to SEMA and evaluated the potential as a club racer. What the prospective buyers thought the car was worth and what it cost to build were so far apart it was clear it wouldn't work. The SSX is not a Z/28 it is a club racer and not street legal.

Let's see what people in this thread would pay for the SSX with the equipment as listed looking as sexy as it does. What would you pay for the SSX?
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:50 PM   #9
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:15 PM   #10
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No VIN on these club racers, but I suppose you could borrow a plate
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:26 PM   #11
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Did the twin disk clutch carry over to the 1LE?
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:37 AM   #12
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The lighter weight items, that part sounds great for the Camaro
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:18 AM   #13
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The lighter weight items, that part sounds great for the Camaro
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:46 AM   #14
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Did the twin disk clutch carry over to the 1LE?
Nope. Another part that would be a great addition, but would bump up the cost.
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How much do you think the SSX Camaro would cost if produced?
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:51 AM   #16
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I love the idea of the SSX concept, but I want and need the flexibility of a street and track car, not track only with no VIN. Plus, my guess is it would cost, if identical to the concept, about the same as the COPO drag cars, around $100,000.
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:53 AM   #17
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I love the idea of the SSX concept, but I want and need the flexibility of a street and track car, not track only with no VIN. Plus, my guess is it would cost, if identical to the concept, about the same as the COPO drag cars, around $100,000.
If memory serves me correctly I think the target price was $130,000.
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:08 PM   #18
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This was a really amazing project to be involved with. Almost our entire lineup of Camaro components at the time is installed on that car. Every time we see it in person it definitely grabs our attention.

Along with development on the SSX we were also involved with the Z06X. Unfortunately neither vehicle actually made it into production, but we still occasionally take phone calls about both cars!

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Old 10-12-2012, 05:53 PM   #19
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The SSX was built by a highly respected firm that has a great pedigree with many winning race cars. The SSX paint work is so over the top it never hit a track. I guess you could say development stopped when the pieces went in the paint booth.
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