Jeff Gordon Chevrolet currently has one 2011 Camaro 2SS/RS Convertible Indy Pace car replica model available for purchase, as well as an allocation of Convertible Camaro's that can be modified to your exact specifications.
The 2011 Camaro Convertible is the 22nd CHEVROLET chosen to pace “The Greatest Spectacle In Racing®” and the seventh Camaro.
The pace car, along with the matching festival cars, features a Summit White exterior accented with orange stripes and door graphics. The interior is trimmed in orange leather, including front seat headrests embossed with the Indy 500 logo, along with white door panels and instrument panel trim. The instrument panel trim features extensions of the orange exterior stripes. The color combination is similar to the design used on the 1969 Camaro Indy pace car – replicas of which have become among the most popular Camaros in the collector world
It's an honor for CHEVROLET to pace the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, especially during this landmark year,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. “This is also a great opportunity for us to build on Camaro’s strong momentum, while supporting an important charity.”
The auction for the commemorative edition pace car takes place Saturday evening, Jan. 22, during SPEED’s live coverage of the Barrett-Jackson event.
“The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the CHEVROLET name have long been associated with one another beginning with Arthur, Louis and Gaston CHEVROLET’s participation as competitors in the Indianapolis 500,” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President and CEO Jeff Belskus. “It is fitting in this 100th year for both brands that we reinforce that relationship through this year’s Camaro pace car, which resembles what many argue is the most famous pace car in IMS history, the 1969 Camaro. We are looking forward to seeing this car on track, pacing the greatest 33 drivers in the world on May 29.”
Pace car details
Equipped with a 400-horsepower (298 kW) V-8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission, the actual pace car for the race requires no performance modifications to perform its duty in front of the racing field.
All 50 of the Festival Committees cars will be SS convertible models fitted with the 2SS equipment package, offering the following standard features:
■Four-wheel disc brakes with Brembo four-piston calipers and hydraulic assist
■StabiliTrak electronic stability control
■Performance Launch Control (with the manual transmission)
■Twenty-inch polished aluminum wheels and performance tires
■Head-up instrument display
■Center console with auxiliary gauge package. Along with the 2SS equipment, the cars feature the RS package, which includes HID headlamps and unique tail lamps.
The Camaro Convertible delivers coupe-like driving dynamics, with the unmatched fun of open air driving. The Convertible model contains an enhanced structure designed to eliminate the traditional compromises of open cars, such as cowl or steering wheel shake. The goal is a convertible that drives like the coupe. All the powertrain and suspension elements of the existing Camaro Coupe carry over unchanged in the convertible. The top has a smooth, tailored fit, with acoustical foam in the headliner that helps deliver a quiet ride with the top up.
Four strategic reinforcements enhance the already-stiff body structure to eliminate common convertible maladies of cowl and steering wheel shake. They include:
■A tower-to-tower brace under the hood
■A transmission support reinforcement brace
■Underbody tunnel brace
■Front and rear underbody “V” braces.
The power-folding top retracts in about 20 seconds. It is built in partnership with the same manufacturer as the Corvette convertible top, and operates in a similar manner. That means it folds in a simple “Z” pattern and latches with a single, convenient handle located at the center of the windshield header. Other convertible models in this segment still offer convertible tops with dual latches, forcing drivers into two-hand operations reaching across the car
The regular-production versions of the 2011 Camaro Convertible will begin arriving at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet in February, opening a new chapter in the Camaro’s ongoing 21st century rebirth. Even before the introduction of a convertible model, Camaro ended 2010 as the sales leader in its class in the United States for the first time since 1985.
CHEVROLET’s pace car heritage Louis Chevrolet, who founded the brand with William “Billy” Durant in 1911, was a racer, mechanic and pioneering engineer. He raced in the early years of the Indianapolis 500, which also started in 1911, and served a luminary of the event in the years after he retired his racing helmet. That included driving the official Indianapolis pace car, which was developed by Indy 500 founder Carl Fisher, who believed a rolling start was safer than a standing start. The first Indianapolis 500 featured a pace car driven by Fisher.
The first CHEVROLET selected as the Indianapolis 500 pace car was the 1948 Fleetmaster Six. The brand would go on to lead the racing pack more than any other manufacturer.
The list of Chevy pace cars includes:
■1948 Fleetmaster Six
■1955 Bel Air
■1999 Monte Carlo
Jeff Gordon Chevrolet currently has one 2011 Camaro 2SS/RS Convertible Indy Pace car replica model as well as an allocation of Convertible Camaro's that can be modified to your exact specifications.
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