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I can't belive nobody else has noticed this yet. I think it's pretty silly that I just noticed.

We've all know that the Sol borrows parts from lots of other GM cars to cut costs. The door handles used for the Solstice can also be found on Cobalts as well as the G6 line-up. The mirrors are rumored to come from Fiat perhaps, and of course the rear end borrows its LSD from the Caddy CTS-V.

But when it comes to the headlights and taillights, you gotta figure "well, those are unique to the Solstice... no other car has lights like those." Perhaps, but maybe it does borrow these from somewhere. The taillights I'm pretty sure are unique and maybe the headlights are as well, but the headlights AT LEAST seem to have a borrowed design. Now you may be thinking, "borrowed from where?" Well let me tell you...

Just a while ago I was watching some miscellaneous racing stuff that I've got saved on my TiVo from Speed TV. I put on the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series to the some of the Daytona Prototypes duke it out. Completely slipping my mind until now, with all my Solstice anxiety built up, I notice that the Pontiac Daytona Prototypes had headlights VERY similar to the Sol. Especially the Pontiac Riley cars, have a look:





Those look like Solstice headlights to me! Now looking at more pictures they obviously aren't the same because the Daytona Prototype headlights don't sit at the same angle as the Solstice headlights do, but perhaps it's the same housing. And even if it isn't the same housing, the Solstice certainly took it's style from the Daytona Prototypes (maybe; I'm not clear on the history of that style of Daytona Prototype or wether or not it had that look from the very begining back when Grand Am racing started in 1999).

Have a look at some more pictures and judge it for yourself, here's another Pontiac Daytona Prototype... photo was taken in 2004:

http://www.grandamerican.com/CONTENT/Photos/Gallery/2004/homietestWed4-900.jpg

And here are some others from this year:

http://www.grandamerican.com/CONTENT/Photos/Gallery/2005/05barbRFRI800-11.jpg
http://www.grandamerican.com/CONTENT/Photos/Gallery/2005/05barbRFRI800-10.jpg
http://www.grandamerican.com/CONTENT/Photos/Gallery/2005/05barbRFRI800-17.jpg

Source websites where I found these pictures are:

http://www.theracesite.com/index.cfm?template=pa&pa_id=815

http://www.grandamerican.com/Events/Gallery.asp?GalleryID=602
 

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A few of those pictures are nothing more than stickers for headlights (a la NASCAR). The remaining few are the actual lights, but i think that you will find they patterned the lights on the grand am cars after the solstice. The reason I say this is because the Crawford Cars (#4 Boss entry as one example) had different lights when the car first debuted at Daytona in 2004
 

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Where do you think the Rolex cars got their headlight designs from? The headlight design on the Solstice was put on the DP cars, I assume to make the connection between the Sol and racing.

FWIW, I thought Pontiac only entered the Rolex DP series in 2004, which would be 2 years after the Solstice was designed.
 

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Okay, well then... I figured somebody would know more about it than I did. I just knew that DP racing has been around before the Solstice was even a concept but I didn't know if the headlights already looked like that or not. And Scott, thanks... I was aware that some were stickers, but on the Porsche 250 that I was watching today the #4 car had real lights and they looked exactly like the Sols.
 
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