It's time for a road trip! The annual automotive pilgrimage known as the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour! It kicks off Saturday June 2nd at GM's Milford Proving Ground and finishes off June 9th in Arlington, Texas.
There are more than 3,000 hot rods, muscle cars, trucks, and late-model performance vehicles...Not to mention over 12,000 enthusiasts accompanying them. This will represent the largest group of civilians to ever visit GMs secure test facility.
Milford Proving Ground is the automotive Area 51. It serves as the primary testing facility for GM's future products. It covers appx. 4,000 acres and contains more than 130 miles of different driving surfaces of all types, including a 3.8-mile oval track and a 4.5-mile circle track with steep banking that enables vehicles to be driven around it at up to 120 mph without the need for steering input. The "Black Lake" area is a 67-acre pad of blacktop used for a variety of vehicle dynamics testing. Some of the tracks even require special certification for the drivers.
With Chevrolet being a primary sponsor of the Power Tour, it's pretty essential that we bring quite a bit of horsepower with us. So, take a look:
Here is the Camaro Hot Wheels SEMA show car - inspired by the "custom Camaro" the dazzling spectraflame 1:64-scale toy that was one of the original 16 Hot Wheels cars released in 1968. This dazzling Camaro was a collaboration between GM's Design Team and the Hot Wheels Design studio. It features a gorgeous chrome-green finish.
Also joining the tour will be the prototype COPO Camaro drag car - The Camaro's Specialty drag-racing model's production was recently announced. Only 69 will be built to shake up NHRA's Stock and Super Stock ranks.
The Sonic Boom SEMA show car was introduced at the 2011 SEMA Show. It's a sound system based concept that delivers high performance of an auditory type. A high-tech head unit controls the system, which features a pair of 15-inch subwoofers and 10 six-inch mid-range speakers. The concept Kicker system delivers 4,000 total Watts of power.
Over the past few months, the Corvette Grand Sport Convertible Centennial Edition has become an icon. The car commemorates Chevy's 100th Anniversary and features Carbon Flash Metallic paint, satin-black graphics, satin-black wheels, unique badges depicting Louis Chevrolet and a special-trimmed interior.
The 2012 Camaro ZL1 Coupe is the production version of the new, daily-driver supercar that features a 580-hp supercharged 6.2L engine and technically advanced drivetrain - including third-generation Magnetic Ride Control - to deliver 0 to 60 performance in four second, 11-second quarter mile times and a top speed of 184 mph.
You may have noticed the 2013 Corvette ZR1 at the Indianapolis 500, well, now you can catch it on the tour!
You may remember a few months back, a lucky doctor took home our Camaro "Synergy" Series. Well, now anyone who didn't get a chance to see it, will have that opportunity to see it out on the power tour. The Synergy Series is a specially equipped production package with a body-color grille, ground effects, "gill" graphics, hood stripes and flange less 21-inch wheels. Inside is a gray leather interior accented with a Hurst short-throw shifter.
They will also be bringing along the 2012 Caprice PPV, a specially decked out demonstrator of Chevy's new, rear-drive Caprice police car will "monitor" the Power Tour. Powered by a 6.0L V-8 rated at 364 hp, Michigan State PD tested the Caprice PPV and recorded 0-60 performance of less than six seconds with a top speed of 154 mph.
Also featured on the tour will be a 1953 Suburban, Dale Jr's 1970 Chevelle SS and a 1955 E-Rod Chevy!