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Old 09-20-2014, 09:52 PM   #1
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Pirelli World Challenge/Trans-Am Camaro Build Thread

Welcome to the build thread for our new Camaro race car. This car will be built as a Pirelli World Challenge GTS car as well as in Trans-Am race series as a TA3 car.

I currently run a Mini Cooper in World Challenge on Breathless Performance Pro Racing Team. Last season was my first ever race season and I finished in 5th place over all. This Camaro is an awesome step up from the Mini Cooper. I will be running both of these cars next season.

If you would like updates on the build please subscribe to this thread. I will try to update it frequently as things get done to the car.

If you would like updates on my racing please take a look at my racing page on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/jfichterracing

As of right now sponsorship opportunities are available for both of these cars. If anyone is interested, or you have any suggestions of sponsors I should pursue please PM me.

We are also looking for some design ideas if anyone is good with photoshop. We are looking to stick to the same colors as my other car.

This is my car I run now.


We bought the car as a theft car. The car had the engine and transmission stripped as well as most of the interior.
Its not much now but it has a lot of potential.

Sorry to keep everyone waiting.

The Arrival






The white beauty is my street car





Here is one set of racing rims that we have bought so far just to get the car rolling. The original set if rims was from an old firebird and they didn't fit over the brakes.




The Damage

Because we bought the car sight unseen we apparently missed an important detail, it had a sunroof. They also neglected to tell us that once the car had the engine and tranny removed the driveshaft was left in place while it was towed. This means that the driveshaft spun as the back wheels did and tore apart the transmission tunnel. We aren't complaining because this is the fun in building the car.

Here are some pics of the damage to the transmission tunnel. You can see the it not only destroyed the inside, but also the lip on the tunnel and the outside of the tunnel.




This is half of the shaft. The first half of the shaft fell off while we were pushing it because it was so damaged.


Here is a picture of the biggest problem right here.


The Fix

We began stripping the rest of the interior out. There wasn't a whole lot left so it didn't take long. The dash and all the bars were pulled so everything behind the dash could be removed.


The first attempts for the body shop to fill in the roof were unsuccessful. Luckily they blamed themselves and fixed it for the original price. They eventually decided it was better to replace the entire roof rather than to fill in the sunroof.

The First Attempt


The Second And Final Attempt




Transmission Tunnel Fix
It has been welded and reworked to look factory. Sorry I forgot to get pictures before it was fixed.



Tomorrow the car comes back from the body shop and thats when the real fun begins. Once it is back there will be no more repairs, only racing improvements. I promise the fun is only just starting.

The transmission pieces were delivered to the builder 2 weeks ago meaning it should be done in about a week and a half.

The pieces for the engine builder have just started arriving.





Update 1:

Steering Wheel Has Arrived


All of the wires have been removed. This is only 1/4 of it.





The doors have been trimmed down to fit the roll cage door bars. They will be trimmed much more later on.


Front crash bars have been removed and will be custom fabricated to be lighter
We are in the process of putting some heat reflecting material on the firewall and the transmission tunnel. This is what we have done so far.


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Old 09-20-2014, 10:06 PM   #2
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Seat has been mounted. It is ready to go to get the cage put in tomorrow.



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Old 09-20-2014, 10:07 PM   #3
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Old 09-21-2014, 07:53 AM   #4
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Old 09-22-2014, 04:41 PM   #6
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Jason, cool pics. thanks

What are the rules for WC GTS?

Are you allowed to mess with the suspension much, like pick up points, and geometry? apparently the CTSCC cars are not allowed to do much with suspension geometry. I wonder if you guys will raise RC after lowering the car, or just leave it lower and use a bigger bar?
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Old 09-22-2014, 04:59 PM   #7
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Jason, cool pics. thanks

What are the rules for WC GTS?

Are you allowed to mess with the suspension much, like pick up points, and geometry? apparently the CTSCC cars are not allowed to do much with suspension geometry. I wonder if you guys will raise RC after lowering the car, or just leave it lower and use a bigger bar?
The rules are very similar to CTSCC. To my knowledge, we aren't allowed to do any of that stuff.
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Old 09-24-2014, 09:38 PM   #8
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Good luck in the new class Jason. It's good to see that your street car is a Camaro too! I get the feeling that a lot of drivers don't care what car they are in, as long as they can race.

I'm assuming that you'll replace the engine with a stock LS3? Do you have to run restrictors, or will you be able to boost the HP?

As for the livery, you could always do some sort of contest on the Forza forums. Some of those artists are extremely creative and talented.
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Old 09-24-2014, 10:19 PM   #9
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Good luck in the new class Jason. It's good to see that your street car is a Camaro too! I get the feeling that a lot of drivers don't care what car they are in, as long as they can race.

I'm assuming that you'll replace the engine with a stock LS3? Do you have to run restrictors, or will you be able to boost the HP?

As for the livery, you could always do some sort of contest on the Forza forums. Some of those artists are extremely creative and talented.
Thank you. I had the option of getting a mustang or a Camaro. It was an obvious choice. The car will have a race ls3 engine built. It will make about 430 hp. In World Challenge I will have to run a restrictor. In trans-am i will also have to have one but i can choose to run a bigger restrictor and more weight or a smaller restrictor and less weight.

The forza idea sounds great. Im sure plenty of people will want to design the car. Thanks for the advice
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:42 PM   #10
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Update

Not sure why some pics are upside down. Sorry about that.

The cage was put in last week as well as the window net and steering wheel.
This weekend the dry sump was mounted and a custom box was fabricated to cover it up. We also made a floor pan with a custom dead pedal. Next thing is to have the radio delete panel built. Also a panel needs to be made to cover up the access from the passenger compartment to the trunk. The tranny is completely built and ready but the engine has taken slightly longer than expected to build. Hopefully it will be done in 2 weeks.
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Old 10-28-2014, 04:03 PM   #11
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Wow, I'm really excited to see this come together, thanks for letting us follow along. About what weight are you shooting for?
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Old 11-08-2014, 07:25 PM   #13
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Nice thread.

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Old 11-09-2014, 07:26 PM   #14
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Update

Car is getting closer to being ready for next season. Still some minor issues with the tranny and engine being built but hopefully it will be done this week. We should be done painting tomorrow.

All of the glass was pulled from car to get ready for paint


Excess metal was removed and bondoed



Car was prepped for paint



Cage was painted black

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Old 11-13-2014, 12:04 PM   #15
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Update: Car is painted and today begins the wiring fun.




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very nice and I looking forward to seeing it finished.
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Old 12-12-2014, 07:26 PM   #17
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Update:

Interior of the car is about 90% done just needs a few other things done. Engine and tranny were put in and the driveline is complete. Only minor things on the engine have to be finished up for it to run.






Full color Motec display was installed and is amazing



Racing wheel studs were installed


Most of the oil lines have been run to the tranny


Custom radiator was mounted
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Today was the first day testing the car. Everything went great with only minor hiccups. It still needs a new aero kit and a few other miscellaneous pieces. We will be testing heavily the next few weeks before the start of Trans Am.





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that looks so mean, I know the aero will be a big benefit, but the way it sits now, as a street car that's been not-so-obviously turned into a racecar is really cool.
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Very cool to see a fellow palm beacher!
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Old 01-06-2015, 08:39 AM   #22
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that looks so mean, I know the aero will be a big benefit, but the way it sits now, as a street car that's been not-so-obviously turned into a racecar is really cool.
I think it looks good now but once the aero kit goes on it will be a lot meaner.
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Very cool to see a fellow palm beacher!
Yup. Anytime you see us out there feel free to stop by and say hello.
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Old 01-07-2015, 07:21 PM   #24
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that is fantastic! boy do I envy you, I do some kart racing, but don't even know how to begin getting up to that level. I go to St Pete every year, will you be running this March on Indy Weekend??
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that is fantastic! boy do I envy you, I do some kart racing, but don't even know how to begin getting up to that level. I go to St Pete every year, will you be running this March on Indy Weekend??
I won't be running the car but I may be there with the team if they run one of their cars. If you see us feel free to stop by.
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