GT3 class racing in Europe has become quite popular largely because – like our own World Challenge and Grand Am racing – the cars are tightly related to regular production cars. Performance balancing is the tricky bit, handled by series officials after testing, hopefully so that driver skill and team effectiveness are the factors that dominate the field’s overall performance.
American cars are also quite popular in the series, largely because the all-out roar of an American V8 engine is seldom heard by race fans over there. Mustangs have been active in the series since 2006, having taken at least two championships and now, the field is going to expand, courtesy of a Bavarian company, called SaReNi United.
Based on the 2011 Camaro model, the first of the new racecar is currently scheduled to roll out by June of this year. Likely to use a LS3 Gen-IV engine tuned by Katech, it is expected to deliver 580 bhp and 502 ft-lb of torque. The GM transmission is to be replaced with a Holinger RD6-SFR sequential gearbox, using a paddle shift system fitted to the car. Tires are expected to be 310 mm section width on 18-inch rims all around, with a Teves Racing ABS system, and eight-step traction control.
The company SaReNi United is an unknown in the field to this point. Their product is likely to face stiff competition from the more well known Pfadt Race Engineering, who announced a GT3-spec Camaro late last year.
The sixth season of FIA GT3 series competition begins on May 8th at the Algarve circuit in Portugal.