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Maybe this is where the missing Sols are ... ;)


GM to Race Solstice

By Kevin Kelly

WardsAuto.com, Apr 13 2005

GM will try to boost the image of its Pontiac brand by racing the Solstice in the SCCA Showroom Stock-B class and the Grand Am Cup ST-Class.




DETROIT - General Motors Corp. says it plans to race its Pontiac Solstice in future Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Showroom Stock B-Class races against the Mazda Miata and BMW M3.

The auto maker also will use the Solstice to compete on the Grand Am Cup ST-Class racing circuit in 2006, according to Mark Reuss, executive director of GM's Performance Div.

Reuss says the Solstice that will enter the racing circuit will be the '07 Solstice GT Coupe.

“We have the '06 Pontiac Solstice, (and) right now the car we're introducing doesn't have a roof, so look for that to change,” he tells attendees at the Society of Automotive Engineers conference here.


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Reuss says while the Stock-B Class has been dominated by Mazda's Miata, as well as the BMW Z4 and Acura RSX, he expects the Solstice to “take that championship” when the car hits the Stock-B circuit next year.

The Solstice Coupe also will compete in the Grand Am ST Class racing circuit against the BMW 330 and Mazda RX-8 next year, Reuss adds.

The experience gained on the racing circuit will continue to play a vital role in developing performance derivatives of future GM products, he says.
 

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Hip, hip, hooray!

Getting a coupe is great news, but reading that they want it to compete against more serious sports cars, like the Z4, and particularly the M3...seems like a nice engine and power upgrade will be under the Solstice hood. Perhaps something more potent than just the well publicized turbocharged engine?
 

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“We have the '06 Pontiac Solstice, (and) right now the car we're introducing doesn't have a roof, so look for that to change,” he tells attendees at the Society of Automotive Engineers conference here.


Perhaps something more potent than just the well publicized turbocharged engine?


Yes, the coupe with power! :agree:
 

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I wouldn't get too excited yet. That is an old story from 5 months ago. It is the same old thing we've been hearing over and over again.

Correct me if i am wrong, but as far as a coupe is concerned, there is no official statement from GM that they intend to make one. What I do believe to be official is that they intend to make a removable hard-top for the existing convertable. But right now, no plans for an actual coupe.
 

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Yeah they'll need a hardtop to race. Also the M3 is in T2, a much faster class. Only the 2.5 liter Z4 is allowed in SSB and it is penalized with weight.
 
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