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GMPP & NMCA Announce LSX Racing Series For 2011
If you couldn’t get enough LSX racing at last year’s Shootout, then you are in luck because GM Performance Parts and the National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) have teamed up for a four-event race series. The first points race will kick off in Florida, at Bradenton Motorsports Park, March 18-20. The second will be in Commerce, Georgia, at Atlanta Dragway, April 14-17. For the third race, the NMCA will be incorporating the Holley LS Fest, September 9-11. And, of course, the final race will be the LSX Shootout, October 6-9, at Indianapolis Raceway Park in Indiana. Drag Radial, All Motor, Real Street, Rumble (Index) and 5th Gen classes will be part of a points-chase, and championships will be awarded to the winner of each class as well as prizes to the top three competitors. For class rules please visit the NMCA’s website (www.nmcadigital.com).
Electronic Arts has released the latest from its Need for Speed series of games, entitled SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED. The original SHIFT game, released in Septemeber 2009, has sold nearly 5 million copies globally. The award-winning team at Slightly Mad Studios capitalizes on the original’s visceral and intense experience by introducing the driver’s battle, upping the ante for fundamental competition with a more authentic and primal feeling of speed. Executive Producer Marcus Nilsson said, We are also working closely with real-world performance drivers to ensure that SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED captures their experience and becomes the benchmark in authentic racing action. A massive graphics overhaul and an innovative helmet camera view simulate the experience of driving 200 mph, night racing, and authentic degradations of tracks. The Need for Speed Autoblog network is also incorporated, which connects friends for head-to-head races and stat comparisons.
At the Chicago Auto Show GM unveiled its GT-500 killer. Sporting a supercharged 6.2L LSA, the Camaro takes on the nameplate of the aluminum 427 that was crammed into 69 Camaros by the Fred Gibb dealership back in 1969. VP Ed Welburn said it draws upon that same cutting edge spirit by being the most high-tech Camaro ever built in combining this advanced 550-horse, 550 lb-ft motor combination with a number of electronic interior gadgets, the latest version of Magnetic Ride suspension, and advanced aerodynamic design. A beefier driveline, larger (and stickier) Goodyear Supercar 2 tires, and a larger set of Brembo brakes help contribute to one amazine package. Production is expected to start January 1, 2012.