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Camaro GT4.R Customer Program Confirmed

Camaro GT4.R customer cars expected for early 2018…

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Customer deliveries of the new Camaro GT4.R are set to begin early next year, according to program manager Shawn Meagher, who indicated the initial focus will be on the North American market. 

The GT4-spec car, which has claimed victories in both the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and Pirelli World Challenge with development teams Stevenson Motorsports and Blackdog Speed Shop, will, as expected, be offered to customer teams beginning next year. 

Meagher said deliveries are slated to get underway early January, ahead of possible entries for the start of the Continental Tire Challenge season-opening round at Daytona later that month.

“Right now, we’re basically in the process of getting back to a bunch of people who have been [inquiring] about when we will have cars,” Meagher told Sportscar365.

“We’ve had interest in the U.S. and globally. We’re just trying to reach out to people who have reached out to us first.

“It’s tough, in terms of getting everyone the cars they want.”

Meagher said an initial batch of 8-10 cars will be made available, with GM set to manage production based on customer demand.

“The biggest thing that holds us up is a few parts that have long lead times,” he said.

With GM yet to detail the possible schedule for European sales and customer support, Meagher said the primary focus, at least for now, will be on the North American market.

“We’re still working that out,” he said on European sales and support. “It depends on the interest here and down to who raises their hand and getting things delivered to the customers.”

Meagher said he’s been excited to see the growth of the GT4 platform as a whole, with Audi, BMW and Mercedes having all announced cars since the Camaro’s introduction earlier this year.

“I’m really excited to see [the other brands] building the class,” he said. “Bringing in [other manufacturers], it just amplifies the class. I’m looking forward to seeing what those guys come with.

“I like having that level of a car as a platform to go with. I think it enhances the rest of us. It enhances everyone that wants to play in this space.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Uninformed Individual

    August 17, 2017 at 9:29 am

    What is the horsepower limit to GT4, I’ve never really heard anything about specs for the class?

    • yep

      August 17, 2017 at 10:59 am

      There is no limit. The cars are BoP’d together. The KTM X-Bow probably has half the power of the Mustang or Camaro.

    • Guest

      August 17, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Supposed to be around 400, but that has gone out the window along with not being a supercar class.

  2. yep

    August 17, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Good to know that a car in a class created expressedly for factories to sell to customers will be sold to customers.

    • Jaymo

      August 17, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      This is GM we’re talking about. Kinda like those customer Z28’s and Caddy customer cars in PWC.

      • Dan

        August 17, 2017 at 4:44 pm

        There are no customer cars of the GT3 Cadillac cars just the factory run ones, GM refuses to sell them to anyone. The Z28s were privately built and run by blackdog. GM has never had an interest customer teams, hence the suspicion.

        • Jaymo

          August 17, 2017 at 6:44 pm

          Hence my comment lol

          • Sol Shine

            August 20, 2017 at 10:58 am

            Maybe use a /SARC tag next time? Deadpan jokes don’t work too well on the interwebs.

        • Eric

          August 18, 2017 at 6:31 am

          He was being sarcastic.

          The Z/28s run by Stevenson and CKS (and later Mantella) were “factory” cars built by Pratt & Miller.

  3. Steve Johnson

    August 17, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    I feel the customer delivery should be based on the applicable teams racing commitmits. Why limit yourself to just NA teams that may not race a full program to begin with when you may be able to get full season commitments in Europe? Exposure and the quality of a teams racing program should be there goal with a new model.

    • el_gordo

      August 19, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Europe has Sareni Camaro GT3 built by Reiter though I’ve only seen it run in New Zealand, Australia last two years, but it ran in ADAC a few years ago, and they had Camaro GT4s in the European GT series the last few years, I believe they were only nationally homogulated in certain countries and I don’t know who built them

  4. Andy Flinn

    August 17, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    I’ll believe when I see it.

    GM is clearly not interested in selling IMSA GTLM Corvettes or PWC Cadillacs, is actively blocking the Callaway GT3 Corvette from racing in PWC, and has no interest in building cars of any kind to race in IMSA GTD. And so far, again Stevenson – though a team I like a lot – is STILL the only (pseudo-factory) team racing a Camaro GT4 in the Conti series.

    For me, GM has a lot of work to do to change that perception, if it is just my perception.

    I hope they succeed.

    • Don't worry bout it

      August 18, 2017 at 7:47 am

      Should Stevenson pack up and go home because they are the only “pseudo-factory” team LEFT in Conti? Is it really Stevenson’s or GM’s fault that nobody else is in their league?

      Maybe if they didn’t ban platinum drivers that would be different.

      You people are softer than a roll of CHARMIN.

    • Sol Shine

      August 20, 2017 at 11:02 am

      Yeah, I agree. GM never liked a series it couldn’t get its own way with. There was a book written about how GM likes to “compete” many years ago. They haven’t changed much over the years. They don’t want some underfunded privateer with no clue running their stuff and making it look bad. This smells to me like another GM campaign to make it look like they’re buying into the “customer car” GT3/GT4 concept, but really it’s a bit lame.

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