• Jan 26, 2011
Chevrolet Camaro SS Daytona 500 Pace Car – Click above for high-res image gallery

Spoliers and skirts and lights, oh my! Chevrolet is preparing one highly customized Camaro SS to pace the upcoming Daytona 500, and it appears that the Bowtie brand has thrown every accessory at its disposal to see what would stick.

At the rear, there's a ducktail spoiler the likes of which we haven't seen on a Camaro since the late 1970s. The profile view is dominated by a ground-effects package that makes the pony car's already slab-sided, Coke-bottle appearance even more pronounced. We also note a set of wheels reminiscent of the units fitted by Hurst. And it's easy to miss the new chin spoiler and slightly modified grille.

The most noticable updates, though, are surely the lights, which have to be bright enough for the entire field at Daytona to spot them. There's an aerodynamic light bar up top and a pair of orangey-yellow lamps out back that the spy photographer says could practically be seen from space. See for yourself in our high-res image gallery below.



[Source: KGP Photography]


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      WILLIAM
      • 3 Years Ago
      WHY DON'T THE AUTO COMPANIES TRY TO BUILD A CAR THAT LOOKS LIKE SOMETHING BESIDES A KIDDE CAR?????????????????????
      • 3 Years Ago
      Optimus Prime: "Autobots, transform! Oh, and you, over there... the Camaro-guy thingy. Yeah, you! Transform and ditch that wing while youre at it, youre embarrassing us. The Decepticons will never think we're credible fighters with that ticky-tacky spoiler, dude."
      • 3 Years Ago
      Back then in 67' as is Now.. They are just too Expensive..
      $40k for a Camaro? $5k down and $600+/mo for 5 yrs?

      can buy a House /Condo for $600/mo and it will double in that time.

      These cars are just too Expensive for my pocketbook

      I'll wait 3- 4yrs and they'll be going for Half That Price..

      That's how I got my 67' Firebird Convert in 71'...with only 34k mi. on it..
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like Chevrolet used the same aero package on the Indy pace car as they gave to Kid Rock for his 40th.
      http://www.autoblog.com/2011/01/20/video-chevrolet-gives-kid-rock-custom-camaro-for-his-40th-birth/#continued
        • 3 Years Ago
        Except that wasn't an Indy Pace Car. It was just a Camaro.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Indy pace car is a white ragtop with orange stripes as we all know after being glued to Barrett Jackson all last week.
      • 3 Years Ago
      More junk from obama motors paid for with my tax dollars.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a new "Synergy Series" Camaro as seen at SEMA this year. It is an appearance package, and according to what I've heard can be ordered beginning in February. That would probably explain the Datyona Pace Car wearing the package. As was said above the GFX are already available from the dealer the deck lid spoiler will be available soon. The Grille is the GM "Heritage Grille", also available from the parts catalog. It is not just an exterior trim package the seats get stitching & piping that differs from standard Camaros as well.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah I kinda like the new camaro but this version with that spoiler and the body kit is ugly as hell....It is funny how the auther calls it the indy 500 pace car so i guess the giant full door decal that say Daytona 500 eluded him lol
      • 3 Years Ago
      Aside from the grille, not really feeling any part of that car. The Camaro really needs some new wheel designs, those "slab-like" ones do nothing for the overall package.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a great looking Mustang-Chrysler, wow Chevy really has that mimic thing down great-car for the century and all that! A rose by any other name is..40% depreciation as soon as you start it. Unless Chevy was sold to a Japanese Company then they are all just large Aveos and recycled beer cans.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The body lines are not reminiscent of the 69 at all they are of the 68. It's the fake rear quarter gills in the BSA that mimics the 69. I have always had a problem with the new design though as it it way to contemporary adding CTS and Corvette design styling cues wherever possible. From the "B" pillar back it looks funny in part because it looks like the entire roof was chopped without utilizing the wider bottom end. The resulting "C" pillar looks incredibly narrower than the original as a result, which was one of the sexiest attributes of the original. I like the idea of a decent rear lipped "duck-tail" spoiler like they attempted but the biggest problem with it's execution on the new Camaro is that it's rear end is rounded. Yuk! Had it been straight across like the original it would have looked much better. While I can appreciate that they were trying to do a contemporary take on a classic retro. The classic retro they were trying to do that with was one of the best of the best, and the resulting compromise...(yes compromise) does not accomplish the goal to the degree that a real retro on a newer rolling chassis would have done. To the purist out there that wanted a new take on the first generation "F" body with a modern chassis and all the new amenities...We were robbed. Although this bastardized love child from a Ménage à trois involving a Camaro, Corvette, and CTS is growing on me, it still looks like someone grabbed an XLR two seat roadster, decided to give it a back seat and threw in just enough tweaks to the side profile to try passing it off as a modern day Camaro. Sick! Yet for many it worked. While I like the front end, The rounded off back needs to be straight across. A proper drop top can get me past my visual problems with the roof line and "C" pillar being too narrow at the bottom, as long as the top is down. While that narrowness is essentially necessary on the new one because of the line of site visibility when backing up, it just doesn't do the vehicle justice when comparing the retro styling to the original or Chrysler's execution of the Challenger. That being said, I think straightening up the back of the car would do wonders to this latest attempt at a proper pace car making the most out of that otherwise good looking and functional rear lipped or "duck tailed" spoiler over the deck lid.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just reproduce the 69 SS R/S convertable body with all of your modern hardware, and get it over with.
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