General Motors built this development/prototype car to be run in the Grand Am racing series. The GS (Grand Sport) class is highly controlled, as many classes are. There are negotiations to compensate for higher horsepower, resulting in a higher weight minimum, or lower rpm maximum. These factors are equalized to generate the same lap times out of every car, to make the race more about the driver's skill and the car's durability. While the GS Camaro program manager, Dwight Woodbridge, would have loved to go wild on the build, he stuck closely to the class's rules. The power comes from a factory LS3, at just over 400 horsepower. This is backed by a Tremec 6060 six-speed manual transmission. What's nice about the 400-horsepower rule is that a stock clutch works just fine.
This being the first car built for this purpose, the development phase would take a lot of attention. Countless hours of track testing and tuning resulted in a finely tuned race car for the 2009 Grand Am series. Since all the kinks have been worked out, they can source the production version to an outside builder. The design of the race car and the version available to the public will be nearly identical. These turnkey race cars will have a starting price of $130,000. The builder General Motors picked to craft each subsequent car is Riley Technologies. They work exclusively on race cars and have the manpower to fill the orders for this ready-to-run race car.