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PfadtRacing 11-01-2010 04:54 PM

GM builds race-ready SSX Camaro and chooses Pfadt Race Engineering suspension
Reporting live from the invitation-only GMPP (General Motors Performance Parts) event at Spring Mountain racetrack here in Nevada, we have some fantastic news for everyone! Take a look at the pictures and read our press release below!

Much more detail and SSX info and MORE pictures! at this website as well:

Today GM announced the release of the General Motors Performance Parts Z06X Corvette and SSX Camaro. These uniquely track-equipped versions of the Corvette and Camaro are built by GM and Pratt & Miller Engineering (of Corvette Racing and Camaro race car fame). Pfadt Race Engineering was selected as the exclusive and premier manufacturer for the suspension equipment on both vehicles. The Performance oriented packages will be available to the public through every GM dealer as part of the GMPP (General Motors Performance Parts) catalog. Boasting of select carbon bodywork, lightweight components throughout, increased horsepower, upgraded brakes, wheels and tires; this Camaro SSX is the real deal performance machine. Click the link above for full details!

The GM Track Pack cars are true beasts. GM has pulled out all of the stops, launching enthusiast vehicles that are factory built and ready for the road-course club racer. Interested customers can order their Corvette or Camaro package through their local GM dealership. The race cars are built by Pratt & Miller Engineering, the current constructer for GM’s highly successful ALMS/Compuware Corvettes. Customers will be able to take delivery of their race prepared packages for Corvette or Camaro and immediately have a capable race car, ready for competition at their local road course. Each vehicle will be equipped with a full compliment of tuned Pfadt Race Engineering suspension. Since the introduction of the C5 Corvette in 1997, racers have transformed the street cars into capable race cars and competed successfully against the likes of Ford, Dodge, BMW, Porsche and Ferrari. More recently, 5th Generation Camaro owners have enjoyed the same experience.

Proper Suspension. When it came time for GM and Pratt & Miller Engineering to equip the GMPP track pack cars with the best suspension products, they called Pfadt Race Engineering to get the job done. GM and Pratt & Miller could have chosen any of the existing companies to partner with, but chose Pfadt Race Engineering because of our engineering focus, our experience racing, and our commitment to the Chevrolet brand. Pfadt has the experience and products necessary to make both of these cars a success on the track; we have proven so for years with our highly successful suspension, powertrain and chassis products for the Corvette C5/C6/Z06 and 5th Generation Camaro.

Official GMPP Licensing. All Pfadt products that are included in the GMPP Track Package cars (both Corvette and Camaro) will carry the official GMPP licensing, and will be the ONLY option for factory-backed performance suspension packages that incorporate a certification from your GM dealer (off road use only). Again, this is fantastic news as ordering a Pfadt suspension package will be as easy as picking up the GMPP catalog from your local GM dealership. This isn't just one set of coilovers, this is the entire package of products for both Corvette and Camaro. GM and Pfadt Racing have you covered.

GM Commitment. GMs intentions are clear regarding their position within the motorsport industry. Industry insiders often talk of competing companies who pledge to support racers by offering viable performance and track options. With the introduction of the Track Package cars, GM is taking a firm stance by launching two platforms to suit different budgets and competition levels. GM is not only providing options to their enthusiast base, they are also presenting the performance products in an la carte manner through the GMPP sales network, allowing customers to purchase individual components, or the entire package.

Built to win. GM is taking the competition seriously, putting its best foot forward on the Z06X Corvette and SSX Camaro. GM has partnered with the most prestigious race car builder for the fabrication and preparation of these vehicles by choosing Pratt & Miller Engineering. Pratt & Miller is responsible for the handling of these identical duties on the factory extremely successful Corvette Racing and Camaro Racing programs. By selecting Pfadt Race Engineering as the suspension partner, GM has a winning combination. The Track Pack vehicles are built with the tested and tuned products that have already earned their pedigree with success in club racing. GM knows in order to improve their already fantastic platforms for racing, they need to turned to more specialized companies to handle the performance upgrades. These companies have different objectives that align more with the interests of racers and performance enthusiasts.

GM SSX build includes the following from Pfadt:

-Inverted Coilovers
-Front Camber/Caster plates
-Full Racing Sway Bar kit
-Solid Rear Subframe Mounts
-Rear Trailing Arms
-Differential Mounts
-Full Poly Kit
-Front Trailing Arm Street Spherical

AND STAY tuned for more updates. We are literally at the GM event right now and will get more info as needed!

SSchase 11-01-2010 05:29 PM

so sweet. i have the pfadt coilovers and sways on my SS and they rock. congrats on getting the contract.

BigBlock427 11-01-2010 05:41 PM


Indpowr 11-01-2010 05:48 PM

Now, that is a front splitter I like. But, knowing GM that is a 1.5k dollar part.

Bourgui 11-01-2010 05:51 PM

Fantastic-looking camaro!

Can you find out when those wheels (and the bowties!) will be available? Or will this be revealed at SEMA?

Thanks for sharing!

RLHMARINES 11-01-2010 06:01 PM

I see that the SSX is wearing Michelins tires on 20 inch wheels. Aaron what size wheels are on the Camaro SSX Track Pack ?

Erik@Torq 11-01-2010 06:05 PM

Amazing! Yet another reason my Pfadt Racing is our preferred supplier of all suspension parts for the 5th Gen Camaro and Corvette's here at Torq!

And having their parts on my C5 race car and 2010 Camaro makes me proud!

Good job guys!

Ps. Now I want an SS/X over the Z28...


radz28 11-01-2010 06:43 PM


2010_5thgen 11-01-2010 08:10 PM

that thing is awesome! so is this something that will be offered as a turn key race car? i want one! Im getting my SCCA license next year, this would be great to have on the track!

GTAHVIT 11-01-2010 08:21 PM

Nicely Done Pfadt! :headbang:

Andro 11-01-2010 08:27 PM


Ovenmitt 11-01-2010 08:31 PM

The highlight of the SSX is a gm-built ready-fit ZR-1 clutch for the camaro. No more having to source more expensive custom things from katech/lingenfelter, maybe this will make the clutch more affordable (although katech/lingenfelter both make an outstanding product)

linkwpc 11-01-2010 09:25 PM

Info on the wheels PLEASE!!

Mr. Wyndham 11-01-2010 09:26 PM

Holy ..... :drool:

Talk about intimidating. Awesome news, Pfadt - and DAMN, GM!!! :laugh:

SC2150 11-01-2010 09:30 PM

Congrats! Have always loved the results of the builds I do using the Pfadt products. :thumbsup:

1977and2010 11-01-2010 09:39 PM

I knew I made the right choice with Pfadt. Thats the best looking Camaro yet. Wheel and tire info please???

Mr. Wyndham 11-01-2010 09:45 PM


Originally Posted by 1977and2010 (Post 2506162)
I knew I made the right choice with Pfadt. Thats the best looking Camaro yet. Wheel and tire info please???

Rim Style: holycrap2010
size: too wide to type.


Here's a link to some "In-Action" shots. droolerific!!

Meister@Torq 11-01-2010 10:10 PM

Awesome work guys!! The best suspension hands down!

Ject 11-02-2010 12:07 AM

What wheels are those?

DMSDesign 11-02-2010 12:57 AM

Congratulations with your success


ColdCamaroSS 11-02-2010 01:24 AM

Congratulation! Now when you gonna tell us more about them wheels and front splitter?

Or are we gonna have to send Knuckles to find out? :laugh:

Kyle2k 11-02-2010 11:54 AM

I wonder if GM will sell Carbon Fiber body parts through GMPP?

toehead93 11-02-2010 01:06 PM

Love those wheels. Hopefully they become available from GM!. I'd still like to know all the specs on the wheel/tire combo, do these wheels ahve a name?

Ject 11-02-2010 04:22 PM

Anyone able to figure out what wheels these are yet? Seems like with hundreds of people (okay maybe more like 20) asking what wheels these are, someone would pipe up :)

SSchase 11-02-2010 05:59 PM

from what i read you can get all of these items, wheels, and body parts can be bought from your local GMPP store.

nl12 11-02-2010 06:13 PM

looks like lexan front and rear

axis 11-02-2010 06:29 PM

Woudl you happen to know anything about this one too. :D

toehead93 11-03-2010 09:59 AM


Originally Posted by SSchase (Post 2508971)
from what i read you can get all of these items, wheels, and body parts can be bought from your local GMPP store.

That's what I figure too, but will they be available to everyone? Didn't GM/SLP limit hoods/spoilers to SS cars only? I hope for the sake of making a good business decision to bring more money to GM they won''t limit sales.

Question now is when will they be available and what will the pricetag be?

PfadtRacing 11-04-2010 03:12 PM

Wow this is fantastic all of the response this SSX is getting! Let us get caught up a little bit on work after SEMA and hopefully we can start filling in some blanks for people.

Yes, as you would assume, the Z06X is also part of the projects GM contacted us about. All great things at Pfadt!

In regards to the wheels, rumor is they are going to be OEM on a 2011 model. BUT, with that said, I could not get anyone to confirm it so at this point it is purely speculation.

toehead93 11-04-2010 03:29 PM

When you say after SEMA do you mean 5 minutes after it ends? Like 4:05pm tomorrow you can spill the beans!

PfadtRacing 11-04-2010 03:33 PM

Oh, its not that we can't spill the beans, its just we are in mega-SEMA gear and have limited capacity to monitor all the great threads that spawned from everything announced recently!

Trust me we will all have plenty to discuss once we get back in the office on monday!

PfadtRacing 11-04-2010 04:16 PM


Looks like the SSX just picked up a couple of awards!

Looks like a congrats is in order for GM, Pratt and Miller, and the SEMA organizers as well as Gran Turismo!

2010_5thgen 11-04-2010 08:42 PM

god i love that car.

Mr. Wyndham 11-07-2010 04:29 PM


Originally Posted by PfadtRacing (Post 2515885)

Looks like the SSX just picked up a couple of awards!

Looks like a congrats is in order for GM, Pratt and Miller, and the SEMA organizers as well as Gran Turismo!

:clap: Congrats to everyone involved with that beast!!

PfadtRacing 11-08-2010 04:18 PM

Some updated video:

Allen English 11-09-2010 09:25 PM

Congrats :chevy:

hot ss 11-12-2010 03:50 PM

pretty sure the rear wheels were 295's.

PfadtRacing 11-12-2010 05:11 PM

So, found out a little more info on the Gran Turismo Award! Read below (cited from Playstation Blog:)

"The Gran Turismo Awards at SEMA recognizes the best vehicles in five different categories: Best Hot Rod, Best Asian Import, Best European Import, Best Domestic Automobile, and Best Truck/SUV. After the five category winners are judged, one winner from each category is selected on performance and style by leading automotive media. From there, it falls to Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi to select the overall GT Awards “Best in Show” winner. Walking the show floor, Kazunori-san views each of the category winners and selects a vehicle that best represents the Gran Turismo brand; one that will be immortalized as a fully playable part of the Gran Turismo franchise for millions of fans around the world."

Man, we are going to have to find out which car got the ultimate prize!

radz28 11-15-2010 09:17 AM

I'm getting this game, therefore I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing this car in a future DLC or GT6 :D


PfadtRacing 12-03-2010 10:13 AM

This is just a short video that highlights Dr. Jamie Meyer from General Motors Performance Parts, discussing with Aaron Pfadt, the implications of the Camaro SSX and the Corvette Z06X race cars.

I apologize for the poor audio quality, the background noise is overwhelming in the SEMA main hall. But its worth taking a peek as to the future for GMPP and Pfadt being the sole manufacture for suspension performance packages. It is very clear that this is but a small step in the big picture!

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