Yeah, so Chevrolet is officially calling this a "concept" car, but the version we saw sitting on the floor at the SEMA show looked like it was just waiting for us to fire it up and hit the track. Built in conjunction with Pratt & Miller, the Camaro SSX concept was designed to show off GM's new line of performance parts for the Camaro. Emphasizing light weight and good track manners, this special edition is intended to be a dedicated track car rather than a race car for the street. With lots of carbon fiber, lots of horsepower, and lots of brakes, we hope the "concept" notion is dropped and Chevrolet actually offers these wicked-looking Camaros to the public.
What: '11 Chevrolet Camaro SSX
Drivetrain: Open the carbon hood and you'll find a 6.2L LS3 hopped up with GMPP cylinder heads, a bigger cam, and a dry-sump oiling system. The trans is stock TR-6061, but the clutch is a twin-disc pirated from the ZR1 Corvette parts bin.
Suspension: Chevrolet didn't skimp on the suspension components with the SSX. Pfadt Race Engineering was tapped to supply adjustable coilovers, bigger sway bars, and upgraded bushings. The brakes are massive six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers gripping drilled and slotted rotors.
Cool race stuff: We love to read buildsheets that include rear-seat delete and sound-deadening delete. We love it even more when the sheet goes on to list an SCCA-approved rollcage, a fuel cell, suede-upholstered racing seats with five-point harnesses, carbon-fiber body panels, an adjustable rear spoiler, and a fire suppression system (which you hopefully won't ever need).
BTW: We were mesmerized by the car's awesome satin-pearl paint. Chevrolet calls it Icy White Metallic. You should see it in person.