Visitors to the 2023 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California will be treated to this weekend when the latest creation by vehicle designer Sean Smith is unveiled.
Smith, known for his work with companies such as Saleen Automotive, Rockstar Games, Ringbrothers, and SpeedKore, has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive industry. He was approached by car owner Michael Shields to build a custom 1969 Chevy Camaro that would rival the similar Smith-designed Camaro that debuted at the 2019 SEMA Show.
The result was a supercharged 1,180 horsepower (868 kilowatt) Chevy Camaro named the Fenix, which blends luxury and elegance with performance.
The building team, led by Mikey Dascoli at Driven Speed Shop, worked virtually with Smith to bring his vision to life. The body is painted in stunning Silver with Liquid Champagne and Satin Charcoal Gray accents to create a timeless, eye-catching combination. The front end of the car was redesigned by Smith, with the team making a new front grille and bumper. The rear is also updated with custom light panels and a 3D printed trunk spoiler. The body was extensively reworked to ensure a snappy fit, and the car was fitted to the Roadster Shop Fast Track chassis.
The Roadster Shop Fenix Camaro frame, built from 10-gauge box steel, features RS Fast Track front suspension with C7 Chevy Corvette axle and hub assemblies, 1/25-inch front sway bars with C7 end-links, and six-brake calipers. Baer pistons with 14-in rotors at each corner. To handle the power, an 18 by 9 wheel at the front and 19 by 12 in the HRE RS103 with 255/35 and 325/30 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires are fitted.
Under the hood, the Fenix Camaro is powered by a supercharged 427 LS7 V8 made by Wegner Motorsports and mated to a Tremec T56 six-speed transmission. The engine bay was built by Driven Speed Shop, and the painting was handled by Kandy Shop Creations in Mesa, Arizona. The interior is inspired by European sports cars and designed by Smith, with the dashboard, door panels and center console accurately transferred from 3D CAD files.