2013 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition Convertible - Official Indy 500 Vehicle
The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition, both in coupe and convertible variants, will arrive in Chevrolet dealerships this spring after a limited, one-time production run.
The special Camaro is available in 2LT (V6) and 2SS (V8) trims, with SS models featuring a 6.2-liter V8, offered as the “L99” on automatic-equipped vehicles and the “LS3” on manual-equipped models. The L99 has 400 horsepower and 410 lb-ft (556 Nm) of torque, while the LS3 develops 426 horsepower and 420 lb-ft (569 Nm) of torque.
LT-based models feature the “LFX” 3.6-liter V6 engine rated at 323 horsepower. A dual-mode exhaust system is available with the six-speed manual transmission, as well as LT models with either the manual or the automatic transmission.
The 97th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 26, with the Opening Day being on Saturday, May 11.
GM designers have afforded the 2014 model with newly styled front and rear ends, which are supposed to make the Camaro look more contemporary and bring it closer to Chevy’s original sports car, the Corvette Stingray.
Moving to the rear, the first thing that catches your attention are the new one-piece LED headlamps that are completely different than those found on the European-spec Camaro, with inspiration likely coming from the 1967 and 1969 Camaros (instead of the 1968-style split units of the outgoing 2013 model).
Chevrolet also redesigned the trunk that is now fitted with a third-stop light and in some models, with a spoiler that looks like its flowing on top. Rounding out the changes at the back is the new diffuser in black that has grown in height reaching the center of the license plate.
Other notable features include the standard Recaro seats with microfiber suede inserts, a special aero package designed to produce downforce at track speeds, a limited-slip differential featuring a helical gear set, rather than traditional clutch packs, huge 305/30ZR19 Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires and a braking system comprised of Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix rotors and fixed, monoblock calipers. Additional chassis changes include stiffer string rates and suspension bushings for improved cornering response.
Chevrolet Sells You a Camaro Body and Chassis, Lets You Put the Engine In for Drag Racing
Chevrolet will produce a limited number of NHRA-certified Camaro rolling chassis designed for drag racing. The package will include a painted body and chassis ready to be fitted with an engine, transmission and other drivetrain components.
All cars produced are painted Summit White and feature a production Camaro hood and SS grille, production window glass, headlamps, tail lamps and more. On the inside, the Camaro gets racing seats, production-style instrument panel, steering wheel, racing switch panel, door panels, headliner and black carpeting. There’s also basic body and wiring built into the rolling chassis, but engine harnesses and a battery are not included.
Buyers can add their own powertrain components, many of which, including crate engines, racing engine parts, electronics and more, are available from Chevrolet Performance.
Each serialized chassis is assembled by hand at the same facility that makes Chevrolet’s COPO Camaro production racecars. The price for a Camaro rolling chassis is $55,000 (€42,520).
Schwabenfolia bolted on a TVS2300 Magnuson compressor to the Camaro SS’ 6.2-liter V8 engine boosting output to 518-horses (525PS).
To optimize handling, the tuner upgraded the chassis with a KW coilover suspension, while the SS rides on 20-inch wheels wrapped in tires size 245 up front and 275 at the rear.
On the outside, visual modifications include a special foil wrap in a matte shade called ‘Anodized Blue’, with the roof, center part of the hood, mirror caps and rear spoiler decorated in a ‘Black Brushed Steel’ wrap, and the sides with a white pin stripe. The finish touch comes via a pair of LSD doors.