Prototype 1 was built primarily as a visual proof-of-concept (from a 1979 model by the way) and was used for promotional purposes at the beginning of the Burt Reynolds Edition project. Prototype 1 is the car that was shot for the August, 2007 issue of Hot Rod Magazine, and was used for most of the detail shots seen on this web site. Mechanically, Prototype 1 is very similar to a regular Trans Am in that it still makes use of an OEM front subframe and rear leaf springs. While the design is similar to production second-generation Trans Ams, we still felt the need to upgrade virtually every area. For that reason we installed the first version of the standard Ban 2 engine, a 462-inch traditional Pontiac V8 with aluminum heads, 9.5:1 compression and a hydraulic roller camshaft. The engine made 496 horsepower on the dyno. The transmission is a 5-speed manual, and the suspension system features upper and lower tubular control arms with coil springs up front, and performance leaf springs in the rear, with subframe connectors keeping everything properly located. Wheels are 18” x 9” billet aluminum snowflakes all the way around.

The exterior of Prototype 1 is pure Burt Reynolds Edition Trans Am. From the projector front headlamps and flush-mount flares to the flushed glass treatment and updated hood bird, Prototype 1 has all the visual style of the Ban 2 and Ban 3 cars. Being the first of its kind, though, means a few details have changed on the production versions. Specifically, a slightly brighter gold was chosen for the highlights on the car to make them stand out a bit better, particularly when viewed from a distance. Other minor changes were made to the production cars – can you spot ‘em?

The interior of Prototype 1 is also 99% of the production version, again with only minor details changing. Like the exterior, BRE TAs are updated without losing the essence of the original. Engine turned instrument panels are a Trans Am tradition, so the new car had to have one also. The gauges have been updated and upgraded to AutoMeter units, with the appropriate YEARONE and BRE logos, of course, but otherwise it’s hard to improve on the original design. YEARONE did, of course, completely remake the insert out of thick aluminum stock for longevity and an as-new appearance. Likewise, the Formula steering wheel is a trademark TA item, so YEARONE had new units made, only covered with supple leather instead of the original’s vinyl covered foam.

Trans-Am BAN-III Body:

  • Flush mounted glass
  • Projector headlights and LED taillights
  • New design wheel flares and front spoiler
  • New front nose and grille
  • Integrated driving lights and brake ducts
  • Custom paint and badging
  • Mini-tubbed for tire clearance

Interior:

  • Performance leather seats (black) with Rawhide leather inserts
  • Custom engine-turned instrument cluster with race inspired gauges
  • Custom door panels with Burt Reynolds Edition engine-turned insert
  • Electronic rear view mirror with compass and temperature readout
  • Special autographed console badge
  • Aftermarket air conditioning
  • Delay wipers
  • Upgraded pedals
  • AM/FM/DVD Ipod compatible 4 speaker sound system with subwoofer
  • Roll bar with 5-point racing harnesses
  • Rear seat storage area

Suspension:

  • Tubular front sub-frame
  • Tubular upper and lower control arms with Heim joints
  • Integrated sub-frame connectors
  • 4-link rear suspension
  • Adjustable coil-over shocks front and rear

Driveline:

  • 7.0 liter LS7 fuel-injected engine with dry-sump oiling system
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Hydraulic clutch mechanism
  • Heavy-duty competition clutch
  • Heavy-duty 12-bolt rear axle with 3:73 gears
  • Heavy-duty aluminum radiator
  • Serpentine belt system with billet pulleys

Wheels-Tires-Brakes:

  • 18” x 10” billet Snowflake front wheels
  • 18” x 12” billet Snowflake rear wheels
  • 285-35-18 Michelin Pilot Sport front tires
  • 335-35-18 Michelin Pilot Sport rear tires
  • Baer Racing 6-piston calipers, 14” 2-piece rotors front & rear with Hydro-Boost assist

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