• Nov 2nd 2010 at 12:31PM
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Chevrolet Camaro SSX Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Chevrolet has made it clear that the company has a strong interest in helping owners get the most out of vehicles like the Corvette and the Camaro on a race track. While the epic Corvette Z06X Concept was seemingly envisioned as the Bow Tie answer to the Dodge Viper ACR-X, Chevrolet is showing the Camaro similar love via the SSX Concept. The car makes use of a host of carbon fiber in places like the trunk lid, hood, fenders and doors to keep weight as low as possible, and while the company isn't saying exactly how many pounds it managed to shed compared to the standard SS, we've got to imagine that the figure is far from insubstantial.

In addition to putting the Camaro on a diet, Chevrolet also took it upon itself to play havoc with the 6.2-liter under the hood by bolting on tricks like new CNC aluminum cylinder heads, sliding in a new camshaft and swapping in a dry-sump oil system. Make no mistake, with around 524 horsepower on tap, this dog will hunt. Hit the jump for the full press blast.

  • Chevrolet Camaro SSX Concept front 3/4
  • Chevrolet Camaro SSX Concept front 3/4
  • Chevrolet Camaro SSX Concept front
  • Chevrolet Camaro SSX Concept badge
  • Chevrolet Camaro SSX Concept side
  • Chevrolet Camaro SSX Concept rear
  • Chevrolet Camaro SSX Concept wing
  • Chevrolet Camaro SSX Concept interior
  • Chevrolet Camaro SSX Concept interior
  • Chevrolet Camaro SSX Concept carbon fiber hood

Photos copyright ©2010 Zach Bowman / AOL

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Ever since the new Chevrolet Camaro's launch last year, owners have explored the performance potential of the car. The Camaro SSX Track Car is a concept for transforming a street Camaro SS into a closed-course track car, and a showcase for new performance parts.

"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 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.

• 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
• 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
• 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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      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks really great in white, and I also like the wing as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does it still handle like a Camero?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't believe anyone has complained about the power of the Camaro, but they have complained about it's crappy handling (especially on a track). Not sure if that big goofy wing would be considered helping anything.

        So, if they've done nothing to improve the handling, they missed the target on this one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What's a Camero?

        Do people really still misspell it after all this time? And it's hard to think that someone can misspell something WHEN IT'S RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM. On the top of your window, in the title of the article, and in the article itself.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How does a Camero handle? I've never seen one myself so I do not know.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Didn't the same story just run yesterday?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Slightly less hideous than the Corvette disaster next to it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That rear wing looks a lot like the one you can put on the 2010 Camaro in Forza 3.. I usually am not one for huge wings, but somehow this car just looks awesome.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's making a lot more power than my Forza 3 Camaro; Turn 10 want to add some upgrade parts?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those new Camaros are such horrible looking cars. Only a white one with black wheels is worse. We can only hope that Chevrolet makes a really nice Camaro; smaller, lighter, and actually attractive, with the next-generation one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah right, one , there is no such thing as a Corvette disaster , slightly less hideous? It doesn't look any worse than the first Mustang "Shelby Cobra" editions and would blow the doors off of them because it isn't built like a damn tank!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This SSX would make a great Z!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome car, great paint scheme... I'm glad they didn't extend the center stripe to the rear of the the car, as it would have clashed with the blacked out tail light panel.

      However, I'd like to nip this weight savings fallacy in the bud. While they did strip this car out pretty darn well, adding a cage sure negates a lot of weight loss. At least 80ft of tubing @ 1.7lbs/ft is 136lbs minimum adder.

      Granted, roll cage weight is the best weight you can add to your track day car....I'm just not surprised they didn't publish the vehicle weight.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're probably right. I remember people being upset b/c the ACR viper was only like ~40lbs lighter or something. But so many parts were replaced with heavy-duty racing versions that the performance increased dramatically, just not the weight.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Track day and Camaro does not compute. Of the Big 3 choices, this is probably sitting in 2nd place for me behind a bone stock '11 GT. Challenger? Not in this lifetime.

      I do like the looks of it, but still is #2 to the Mustang in my mind in that department as well. Make a Trans Am, the same weight as a GT, and the same price, and you might have a deal GM.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought I made it pretty clear. I am a GM guy, always have been, but Ford products are winning me over. Maybe being open-minded isn't something you have experience with.
        • 4 Years Ago

        You have this major obsession with GM bringing back Pontiac while obsessing over making comments that include you not wanting a certain car over the "'11 GT."
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