GM to offer 500 replicas of the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Indy 500 Pace Car

2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Indy 500 Pace Car

The first 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Indy 500 Pace Car was auctioned off for $225,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The unit was the first 50 Indianapolis 500 Festival Committee cars, however, GM announced at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show that it will be offering 500 matching replicas of the special-edition model to enthusiasts looking to purchase a piece of history.

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“It’s an honor for Chevrolet to pace the Indianapolis 500, especially during this landmark year,” said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. “This is also a great opportunity for us to build on Camaro’s strong momentum, pay tribute to its history and celebrate the ongoing launch of the new Camaro Convertible.”

The 2011 Camaro Convertible is the 22nd Chevrolet and the seventh Camaro chosen to pace what is known as “the greatest spectacle in racing.”

All the replicas will features a Summit White exterior accented with orange stripes and door graphics. All will be a Camaro SS Convertible model powered by a 6.2L V8 engine offered with a choice of a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.

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Refresher: The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible is available in two trim levels including LT and SS. The 2011 Camaro Convertible LT is powered by a 3.6L direct-injection V6 engine that produces 312-hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. The Camaro Convertible SS models is offered with two 6.2L V8 powertrain choices including the L99 on automatic-equipped vehicles and the LS3 on manual-equipped models The L99 engine produces 400-hp and a maximum torque of 410 lb-ft while the LS3 makes 426-hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Prices for the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible start at $29,150 for the 1LT and $36,650 for the 1SS.

2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Indy 500 Pace Car:

2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible:

Replica details

All 500 pace car replicas – and the Festival Committee cars – are SS convertibles fitted with the 2SS equipment package, and offer these standard features:

  • Four-wheel disc brakes with Brembo four-piston calipers and hydraulic assist
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control
  • Competitive/sport mode that enhances on-track performance
  • Performance Launch Control (with the manual transmission) that optimizes hard-acceleration launches for quicker, more consistent performance
  • 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 high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and unique taillamps.

– By: Omar Rana