One of the most talked about NHL teams of the last year has been the Chicago Blackhawks. After winning their 6th Stanley cup (3 in the past 6 seasons), the team has been gaining a bigger fan base with each game. A Blackhawks related contest has been gaining momentum and fans as well; I mean, who wouldn’t want the opportunity to win a one of a kind, custom car? The 2016 Chicago Blackhawks themed Chevy Camaro SS Coupe is the sixth model designed and given away by Chevy Drives Chicago. One lucky fan will drive away with this awesome car at the end of the 2016 season.
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RealWheels Corp (RWC) has taken the challenge from day 1 to bring you a unique, one of a kind Camaro, and in the last 6 years it has gained the attention of many fans. This is also Captain Jonathan Toews’ and Patrick Kane’s 6th year being the ambassadors of the project. I am proud to have been able to assist with the project and very excited for the lucky winner to take home his/her prize.
In previous years, the Blackhawks Camaro has been a convertible. But with Chevrolet introducing a newly redesigned Camaro for 2016, the convertible was not available until the Spring, so RWC went with the coupe. This SS is the fastest Camaro SS to date, pushing 455hp and 455 lb-fts of torque from a 6.2L V8. I had the opportunity to drive the car before the transformation begun and wow. There really is a night and day difference from last year’s project. It’s lighter, smaller, shares the same motor as the Corvette Stingray LT1 6.2 V8, and has 29 more horsepower than 2015.
Whoever wins this car better hold on!! It’s going to surprise you in every way. The car came so well equipped that we didn’t do anything underneath the hood or structurally. I believe you’ll be ok with the amount of horsepower the car comes with. What RWC did do was team up with a number of design teams, including B-Forged Wheels, a local manufacture out of La Grange, IL. B-Forged did an amazing job designing custom made, 22” 180 RL 3 piece forged wheels, which are staggered and wrapped with Pirelli tires. The photos do not do these awesome rims justice…you must see them in person.
The exterior has a custom paint job courtesy of Modern Bow Tie featuring a GM Phantom Satin Grey metallic base, with a Raven Gloss Black racing stripe on the hood, full roof and rear wing. This black was also used for accent pieces around the car. As an added touch, Victory Red was added on the bottom of the side mirrors and grill accents. This paint combo really gives the car an “I mean business” look. This was the whole vision when the Chevy Drives Chicago and RWC teams met late last year, and I think you’ll agree they definitely achieved that with this year’s design.
You can’t just have a cool paint job and rims without having a unique interior. Alea Leather returned to the project to contribute to the entirely redesigned interior. Not only did they go above and beyond with adding custom embroidery featuring the Blackhawks logo, but included an entirely new pattern that they have recently announced will be added to their award winning line up. This is a soft napa leather with team color stitching. Mostly black with little grey with red stitching. They did a fantastic job once again, and are a great partner to work with.
You are probably asking yourself now, “How do I win this vehicle?” All you have to do is visit the Chevy Drives Chicago website to register. There is no purchase necessary, and you can get a peek at the car at the Chicago Auto Show going on RIGHT NOW! Head to the Chevy Drives Chicago fan zone, check out the car, and register on site. There will also be a Blackhawks gift shop, special appearances from several players, games and many other surprises so don’t miss out on the excitement.
I’d personally like to thank all who contributed to this project, with a special thanks to B-Forged Wheels, Alea Leather, and Modern Bow Tie painting for an amazing job. RealWheels Corp has outdone themselves again for the 6th year in a row. Now that you have seen exclusive photographs of the vehicle, make sure to head over to Chicago Auto Show and register at the Chevy Drives Chicago fan zone booth. This vehicle will also be displayed after the Auto Show at all Chicago Blackhawks homes games. If you can’t make it to the auto show or home game, visit the Chevy Drives Chicago website today.
All photographs taken and owned by ©Chris Chavez Photography