Sean Smith's Fenix Camaro: A Masterpiece of Classic and Contemporary Design
by FARUK IMAMOVIC | VIEW 230
Renowned car designer, Sean Smith, has garnered worldwide recognition for his stunning work, having previously designed cars for high-profile clients such as Saleen, Ringbrothers, SpeedKore, the "Fast and Furious" film franchise, and even Rockstar Games, the creator of "Grand Theft Auto".
Smith was recently tasked with the challenge of transforming an old 1969 Chevrolet Camaro into a work of art, and the result is nothing short of spectacular. The car in question, dubbed the Fenix Camaro, was commissioned by Michael Shields, who desired a vehicle that would bear resemblance to some of Smith's previous works, specifically the 2019 Camaro that he prepared for the SEMA show.
Inspired by Aston Martin, Bentley, and Porsche cars, Smith and Shields agreed on a sporty GT concept that would incorporate a drastic increase in power. The Fenix Camaro is powered by a supercharged 7.0-liter LS V8, expertly tuned by Wegner Motorsports to produce a staggering 1,180 HP.
The engine is expertly paired with a 6-speed Tremac transmission and a Roadster Shop Fast Track chassis, making for an unparalleled driving experience.
Furthermore, borrowing some parts from the Corvette, the Fenix received a modified RS Fast Track suspension and 355 mm discs with six-piston brake calipers, which "hide" behind two-piece HRE rims.
These design elements contribute to the car's sleek and aggressive look, perfectly complementing the expertly-crafted bodywork. The Fenix's bodywork is a true feat of engineering, "signed" by Driven Speed Shop, and comprised of unique front and rear parts, a special grill, a splitter, a rear diffuser, a rear spoiler made using a 3D printer, and more.
The result is a harmonious blend of classic Camaro styling with contemporary design elements, making for a stunning visual statement. The interior has also undergone a complete overhaul, utilizing 3D scanning to create the dashboard, door panels, center console, and all elements covered in luxurious leather.
Smith's design inspiration was drawn from European sports cars, and the resulting interior is a perfect reflection of his meticulous attention to detail. Smith's expertise in car design and engineering is further evident in the way he has transformed the engine bay, which now houses a supercharged 427 LS7 V8, also built by Wegner Motorsports and expertly paired with a Tremec T56 six-speed transmission.
The engine bay was fabricated by Driven Speed Shop, and the paintwork was executed by Kandy Shop Creations in Mesa, Arizona.