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  Chevrolet Camaro 302 Concept

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Country of origin:United States
Produced in:2000
Introduced at:2000 SEMA
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionWhen Chevrolet wanted to take Camaro racing in the SCCA's Trans-Am Series, the folks in the race shop faced a problem: they had the car, but they didn't have an engine. The Trans-Am Series had a displacement limit of 305 cubic inches, and they didn't have anything close to that. They toyed with the idea of using the 283, but instead they created a new engine by mating the four-inch bore block of the 327 (and the 350) with the three-inch stroke crank of the 283, and just barely making the Trans-Am racing limit at 302.4 cubic inches. This new Camaro with the 302 cid small-block V8 went into limited production and was named after its assigned Regular Package Option (RPO) code designation-Z28-and a legend was born. Camaro Z28s won the Trans-Am Series championship for two years running, in 1968 and '69.
In the spirit of that original 1967-69 Camaro Z28, Westech Automotive and Chevrolet built the 302 Camaro Concept, which debuted at the 2000 SEMA show, with a high-revving 302 cid (5.0-liter) LS1-based V8. The 302 is high performance-and all business. The 302 Camaro's V8, a descendant of the original, has a host of modern, computer-age technologies on board to help it recreate the magic of the muscular original. The engine creates 435 horsepower at 6000 rpm and is mated to a blueprinted T-56 six-speed transmission, with a heavy-duty 4.10:1 limited slip differential. The engine features specially modified LS6 cylinder heads, custom-built pistons and lightweight rods. Its high-flow air intake and mass air sensor helps keep breathing steady, fast and furious.
SLP Engineering, which works with Chevrolet and Pontiac to build the Camaro ss and Firebird Firehawk, among other high-performance vehicles, contribute a lightweight flywheel, aluminium differential cooler, and that heavy-duty axle assembly. The 302 also features a carbon fiber driveshaft. The chassis has been stiffened with Hotchkis springs, sway bars, rear control arms, panhard bar and strut tower brace. Koni double adjustable shocks and Baer Racing 14-inch cross-drilled brake rotors and PBR calipers help with cornering at speed.
The 302's interior is complete with an L.G. Motorsports roll bar, special Recaro seats with five-point safety belts and a Billet Hurst six-speed shifter. The exterior is graced with an SLP Bow Tie grille assembly and also special striping and 302 badging. The car rides on 18-inch American Racing Torq-Thrust II wheels shod with B.F. Goodrich Z-rated ultra-high performance tires.

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