HSV’s post-Commodore future starts with the Camaro
IT’S A nervous time for the crew from Clayton. Oh sure, there’s still a good 12 months or so before HSV’s supply of Commodores dries up, and given just how damn good the current crop of cars is, it’s a given that it’ll sell every single car it can.
Having Australia’s fastest car in the GTS certainly doesn’t hurt, either. But what next? HSV’s raison d’être has always been Commodore conversions. It’s dabbled in smaller stuff – remember the VXR frontdriver? – and made noises about having irons in the fire to survive the most momentous shift in its business model since 1988. As it happens, we’ve got an idea…
General Motors has this little rig called a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. You’ve heard of it; big V8 in the front, driving wheels down the back, goes like a cut cat with a 6.2litre blown V8 stuck to it. Our plan? HSV-ise it.
Right-hook conversions are a snap nowadays with 3D-printed comgen reflected dash pieces making the task much simpler, while some good ol’ Aussie know-how in the chassis and drivetrain department will definitely bring out the best in one of ’Murica’s favourite sons.