With the 48 Hour Corvette sold and the new 48 Hour 70 Camaro done, we are turning our attention back towards the new Track 1 Camaro project. Smitty’s has already completed the chassis, drivetrain and cockpit. Now it’s time to take something away from the car: weight. The Track 1 Camaro will run every carbon fiber body part in the Carbon Kustoms catalog plus doors from Ultra Carbon. The goal is to improve weight distribution while also reducing curb weight. Fifty years ago, a great British race car designer, Colin Chapman, coined the phrase “Add Lightness”. That adage still holds true today. Weight management is beneficial to every facet of performance including acceleration, braking and cornering. It’s an important part of the Track 1 formula.
The plan is to debut the Track 1 Camaro alongside the new 48 Hour Camaro at Goodguys’ 8th Spring Lone Star Nationals March 9-11. It’s the first event on the Goodguys Autocross Series calendar. Before we can race the Track 1 Camaro, we need to finish it. The crew over at Smitty’s Custom Automotive in Tiffin, OH, is working feverishly to meet the fast approaching deadline.
For those who don’t know, Smitty’s Custom Auto serves as RideTech’s Motorsports arm. They build, prep, transport and maintain the team race cars. After each race, critical data is beamed up to RideTech’s engineering. The open communication between Motorsports and Engineering translates directly into product development for your hot rod, muscle car or classic truck. The race program also fuels our Track 1 product line of ever-evolving race parts for muscle cars.
The push is on to get the Track 1 Camaro painted so that final assembly can begin on February 28th. Since we know you like to see cars come together, our plan is to share pics, live stream and videos of the final assembly process in real time. Look for a formal announcement soon and be sure to follow along. Meanwhile, enjoy these pictures of final fabrication and body work.