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SEMA Solstice Weekend Racer Concept

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Pontiac ’s exciting new 2006 Solstice roadster is an exhilarating performance vehicle with the DNA of a pure sports car. A car this athletic is a natural candidate for the weekend amateur racer.

GM Performance Division built the Solstice Weekend Club Racer concept to showcase how a racing version of the car might be configured. This aggressive package would allow Solstice owners to compete in amateur track events with a minimum of upgrades. By competing in sanctioned, off-highway amateur events, Solstice owners can enjoy spirited driving in a safe environment – and the special components of the Weekend Club Racer concept would let them experience the car’s maximum performance.

The most noticeable changes are external, starting with a removable hard top. The concept top makes a bold styling statement and transforms the Solstice into an enclosed car, which is what many amateur and professional racing classes demand.

A new larger rear wing dominates the view most competitors will see – the tail of the Solstice. Front and rear fascias were modified, and new rocker panels, complete with molded-in rear brake cooling ducts, were fabricated. An air extractor-style hood helps keep the engine compartment cool. Aggressive five-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels and matching tires – Goodyear Eagle F1 255/45ZR18’s – aid both performance and eye appeal. The whole package sports a custom bronze paint job.

Some interior upgrades were made in keeping with the car’s performance nature. The execution of the interior trim and colors reflects a race-inspired, Ebony Suede theme, including the IP top pad, center console and door panel inserts. Also complementing the Ebony Suede appointments is a carbon fiber trim bezel that surrounds the gauges and wraps around the center console. Sparco racing seats were recovered to match the Solstice upholstery, and the underside of the new hard top was trimmed to match the rest of the interior.

Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine rated at 325 horsepower (242 kw). A cat-back performance exhaust system enhances engine performance and provides a sporty exhaust note. A T-2 race suspension package was added, along with larger diameter disc brakes.

Vehicle Highlights

Removable hard top
18-inch aluminum wheels with Goodyear Eagle F1 255/45ZR18 tires
Large-diameter performance brakes
2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 325 hp (242 kw)
T-2 race suspension
Modified front and rear fascias
Large rear decklid wing
Air extractor hood
Custom rocker panels
Sparco racing seats
Cat-back exhaust system with custom chrome tips
Custom bronze paint



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GM will showcase a race-inspired concept of the critically-acclaimed Pontiac Solstice, complete with removable hard top, at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas on Nov. 1-4. Dubbed the Weekend Club Racer, this concept built by GM Performance Division shows how a racing version

That engine I believe is the same one going in the Solstice GXP. 325hp? Who the funk needs a V8??
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I dont like the color, but otherwise it looks a bit like an estrogen infused Viper. Smaller and more feminine than a Viper, but with some mean touches. The hood gills and the top really make me think Viper.
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Ew, those body modifications takes the classiness right out of the car. If they took that ugly wing off, painted it a better color, and took off that ugly body kit it would be much sweeter. What ever happened to the concept of a sleeper?
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UHHHH..... THAT LOOKS LIKE A CHOP. IS IT FOR REAL?
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First two words out of my mouth: Holy f**k!

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That's exactly waht I was about to post...

This thing is freekn awsome. To quote the nerd fomr F&F: "This will decimate all!" :)
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Looking into a perspective on things from this concept that will likely make it to production in some form:
-The front facia is HOT.. can't wait for the GT, GTP or GXP model (wich ever one it's going to be on)
-The hard top looks alkward to me for some reason.. it looks a bit bublely (granted that gives more head room, it just doesn't flow with the rest of the car)
-Wheels, Very HOT

Looking at some things that I see will probly won't make it to production:

LS7 with Vortec supercharger (over 700 whp)
6-speed transmission

:metal: :bowdown:
GM.. Why do you torment us showing the ultimate powertrain in this with no intention to produce it?!!! <_<
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A few notes about the fixed roof. When GM went ahead with the plans for a fixed roof Solstice, they did so with the roof being "racer friendly." Meaning, easier to get in and out of with a helmet on. That's the reason it looks the way it does. It's extremly easy to get in and out of with a helmet on for those "on the fly" changes in drivers, etc.
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So this roof likely is a preview or exact rendition of what we will see in production? The rest of the treatment, I no likey....too too much for this classy roadster. However!......LS7!!? Is this a tease, or are they finally admitting they were able to feasibly do it?
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So this roof likely is a preview or exact rendition of what we will see in production? The rest of the treatment, I no likey....too too much for this classy roadster. However!......LS7!!? Is this a tease, or are they finally admitting they were able to feasibly do it?

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I think the roof will be a dealer option. Like the hardtop Miata.
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The roof looks a little tacked on, and the wing should go, but other than that it looks pretty good I think.
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It looks toyish to me. Why did they pick wheels that don't fit the wheel wells for a SEMA concept?
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I was hoping for the full hardtop, as in the orginal concept. I don't like the removable hardtop, it looks too much like the Miata. I hate the wing, and the color is too brassy. They should have left the arrowhead in the side vent. The hood vents look like Viper, yes, but they also resemble McLaren (sp?) Turbo GP.

The Ecotec is capable of making plenty of power, and even all-aluminum, I bet the V8 is nose-heavy... not good for neutral handling, imo.

The rest is fine.
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I was hoping for the full hardtop, as in the orginal concept.  I don't like the removable hardtop, it looks too much like the Miata.  I hate the wing, and the color is too brassy.  They should have left the arrowhead in the side vent.  The hood vents look like Viper, yes, but they also resemble McLaren (sp?) Turbo GP.

The Ecotec is capable of making plenty of power, and even all-aluminum, I bet the V8 is nose-heavy... not good for neutral handling, imo.

The rest is fine.

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the rest... you mean the door handles and side view mirror?
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Could this be a preview of the Blue Devil motor???? The front is nice, no doubt a preview of the tuner Solstice, the hood vents look a little cheesy to me and the arrow head should've been left on the fender. The wheels STILL look too small (Definately don't look like 19 inchers) and are too chunky/plain. The side skirt looks like it came out of JC Whitney. The top would look a lot better if it didn't overlap the side windows so much and the window frame should've been left silver/chrome IMO. The wing just needs to go. I hope it looks better in other pictures and maybe I'll warm up to it. Especially knowing that this is the same terrible GM PR gray photography.
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MY how RIGHT you are FOG!  http://www.cheersandgears.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/AH-HA_wink.gif

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700 Whp? How detuned will the production version be? Do you know if GM will get over the 700 mark? Or will it be closer to the 650 that seems to be coming out alot lately? I really hope its over 700, not that 650 is anything to be embarrassed about though.
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