When the Dale Earnhardt Jr.-designed '70 Chevelle SS was unveiled at SEMA in 2011, you could have looked around the room and easily seen more than a few jaws dropping in unison. After all, slinking out to a cheering crowd sporting Black Diamond metallic paint, Camaro Track Pack 20-inch racing wheels and emitting a thunderous rumble from its industry-first Connect and Cruise Crate Powertrain System – a supercharged LSA engine and 4L85-E automatic transmission combination – this "brand new" 1970 Chevelle certainly cut an impressive figure.
And for those of you who made it out to at least one leg of the Hot Rod Power Tour in 2012, you were able witness the raw power and impeccable design of this one-of-a-kind beast for yourselves. Based on the crowd response from last year, the Dale Earnhardt Jr. '70 Chevelle will once again take to the highways and byways of America, as part of the Chevrolet Performance Fleet, on this year's Hot Rod Power Tour.
As noted in the original Chevrolet press release, "Assembly of the Chevelle came together at GM’s Milford Proving Ground, under the direction of Build Team Manager Gary Mulder. His staff started with an original ’70 Chevelle frame, but almost every other component used during the car’s construction is all-new – including the body. Approved by GM Restoration Parts, the GM-licensed reproduction body from Dynacorn International, Inc. enables builders to construct a “new” vehicle."
“Building a vintage car from the ground up is challenging in all respects, but starting with a fresh, all-new body makes the process much more straightforward, because you don’t have to worry about hidden rust and other surprises,” said Mulder. “The construction process, then, was very much like assembling a brand-new car.” This Chevelle truly is the perfect representation of the Chevrolet Performance goal to give those who want to restore a classic – or boost the power in a contemporary street machine – more time behind the wheel and less time determining which parts to use.
As mentioned in the original Chevrolet release, “These comprehensive kits take the crate engine concept to the next level, with factory-engineered systems that can be conveniently ordered under a single part number,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “You can save time and money by purchasing a single kit, while also eliminating the guesswork of matching a transmission to a powerful engine – our engineers did all the leg work.”
If you plan on making your way out to the 2013 Hot Rod Power Tour, make sure to come on by and check out this marvel of modern vehicle restoration and hear all about how the Chevrolet Performance Connect and Cruise Powertrain System can provide you with the power you need – and spare you the headaches that you don't!
Check out some pictures of the Dale Earnhardt Jr. '70 Chevelle SS we snapped on last year's Power Tour, and be sure to chime in on the HRPT 2013 Forum Thread to let us know if you'll be joining us on the road!