YEARONE, UNIQUE PERFORMANCE AND CHIP FOOSE UNVEIL A NEW LINE OF CUSTOM 1969 CAMAROS
YEARONE has teamed up with Unique Performance and industry icon Chip Foose to build limited edition 1969 Chevrolet Camaros. “We’re excited to introduce the first car born from this new venture,” said Douglas Hasty, President and CEO of Unique Performance. “Working with Foose Design and YEARONE, we’re turning one of the most popular muscle cars into a piece of performance art. Our 1969 Camaro features updated styling that is simply stunning, with performance to match. Since only a limited number will be built, they’ll be among the most exclusive cars in the world.”
The first Foose designed Camaro is a 1969 model clad in Dupont’s Hot Hues Hugger Orange and pewter with a black interior. Powered by a GM Performance Parts 572 cubic inch 620-horse big block mated to a TKO 5-speed, the Camaro puts out power and performance only dreamed of in 1969. More than a simple engine upgrade, the Camaros will handle like modern muscle cars thanks to a Chris Alston front subframe, Unique Performance Products adjustable rear coilover suspension, four-wheel Baer disc brakes and Foose 18-inch wheels with BFGoodrich G-force tires.
Styling includes custom designed bodywork, special graphics and Foose badges. “My goal was to design something truly special for our first car,” stated Chip Foose. “We chose the ‘69 Camaro because many believe it was the high mark for American muscle cars. To create a fresh, new look, I added styling cues such as a custom RS-style front grill and hood, Jaguar door handles and smooth bumpers. From the custom valance to the extended rockers, there’s nothing on the road like it.”
The roots for this exciting program began when YEARONE and Unique started talking about building limited production vehicles based off of new reproduction ’69 Camaro bodies. Meanwhile, Foose was bombarded with requests to recreate his stunning one-off vehicles—the partnership seemed like an obvious solution. “We all wanted to do the same thing,” YEARONE president Kevin King said, “and that was to build high end, fun, production-type vehicles, based on classic designs.” The venture allows Foose to design new cars that Unique Performance can build with parts, prototype and production assistance from YEARONE.
Each car will be issued a serial number for documentation, and buyers will be able to select from a list of options that will include various colors, a variety of sound systems and the choice of 355 HP ZZ4 motor, all-aluminum 390 HP 6.0L Gen IV Chevrolet LS2 with an optional polished Magna supercharged for 525 HP, or 620 HP 572ci big block.
One of the Camaros will be given away at the 10th Annual Goodguys PPG Nationals in 2006. Additional information about the Goodguys contest to win the Foose designed 1969 Camaro from Unique Performance is available at www.goodguys.com.
YEARONE, Inc. is the country’s premier provider of restoration and performance parts and accessories for domestic performance vehicles. Perhaps best known within the enthusiast community for providing restoration-type components for American muscle cars, the company has expanded to include performance parts for all types of domestic vehicles. YEARONE has recently begun building state-of-the-art street machines that have been contenders for Street Machine of the Year, and have been on the covers of numerous magazines in the last several years. More information on YEARONE can be found at www.yearone.com , or by calling 1-800-YEARONE.
Douglas Hasty, Chris Layne and Richard Kearby founded Unique Performance to create the ultimate performance vehicles in the world, including the Shelby continuation cars and limited edition American muscle cars designed by Chip Foose. Adept in all aspects of fabrication, restoration, racing preparation and development, the company’s team has created award-winning vehicles for customers worldwide. In 2004, the company founded Unique Performance Products, which offers high performance automotive parts for 1960s era muscle cars. Additional information about Unique Performance, products and services is available at www.uniqueperformance.com .
Chip Foose is the creative head and driving force behind Huntington Beach, California-based Foose Design, specializing in illustration, graphics, ideation model making, surfacing and complete construction of automobiles and automobile-related products. Founded in 1998, Foose Design products and creative services are available to individuals, TV and film companies and automotive manufacturers. Information about the company and its products is available at www.chipfoose.com
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