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It’s no secret that the Swedes love their American cars. In fact, some of the best examples of classic Detroit iron in the world can be found there and some of the largest shows too; the Power Big Meet in Vasteras comes to mind.
The Camaro Cup racers feature fiberglass body panels with an ABS front cap, while under the skin the chassis are actually developed in the U.S. by Howe Racing in Michigan. Propulsion comes from a GM Performance Parts’ ZZ4 crate motor based 5.7-liter small-block V8, though modified to meet series regulations; reported horsepower is around 445-hp, running on E85. Teamed behind each engine is a Richmond sourced Super T-10 four-speed manual gearbox.
Other features on the Camaro Cup machines include six-piston Wilwood front brake calipers and four-piston rears, teamed with AP racing and GM Performance Parts’ disc respectively, plus Öhlins adjustable coilover suspension and an available Aim MXL dash/data logger.
The Swedish Camaro Cup Committee has actually been working with interests in the U.S. with the possibility of organizing a few races over here, if it comes to fruition, who knows? Perhaps we could see an American Cup Series. Proof that sometimes, when it comes to American car culture, the Europeans can often teach us a thing or two.
Be sure to watch the video below. The sound of a whole field of small-block V8s at wide open throttle is not to be missed.
Spec Racing classes are touted as one of the best ways to find out who the best driver really is – with identical machinery, talent should be the only thing separating the heroes from the zeros, and most spec classes feature slower cars like Miatas, Porsche 944s and BMW E30s to let driving skill take the forefront.
A new series being whipped up at the famed VIR race course will take spec racing to a whole new level by creating a single make series for the infamous Ariel Atom sports car. With 10 racers taking place over 5 weeks, different configurations of VIR will be used to keep things fresh. Delivers of the Spec cars will begin in April, 2011.