Reimagined Chevrolet Camaro with throwback GTO parts certainly looks the part
Is this the ultimate homage to the deceased American manufacturer, Pontiac?
If there's one thing that stands true with the design inspiration behind modern American performance cars, it's that they don't really take much after their forefathers. Look at the new Chevrolet Corvette C8, for instance - it's a far cry from the Stingray's of old. That's not always a bad thing, it's certainly a handsome brute, and transformation is usually a positive thing: but who doesn't love a throwback?
That is the same question that was on the lips of Chopping Pixels - the brilliant Instagram render creator who's work has featured on DriveTribe previously. As well as having a plethora of knowledge about vehicles from every corner of the world, and from any time period, Pixels also has a wonderfully creative ability to render just about anything. When you pair this with an inquisitive mind that's as curious as George's, you get some real special concepts.
This is his most recent mashup, and let's not beat around the bush here: it's fabulous. An ode to muscle cars of old, Pixels took a modern day Camaro and, with the weave of his wand, sprinkled some Pontiac GTO magic across it. Upon initial inspection, you can certainly tell that this creation has the skeletal frame of a Camaro, but you can't quite put your hands on where the newfound ferocity comes from.
Delve a little deeper, and you realise those fire-breathing snorkels on its bonnet are straight from a Pontiac Formula 400. It's side profile is akin to that of a 1964 GTO, and those devilish spherical headlights look like those found on a 1969 Custom S. Its dipped, ducktail nose also bares stark similarities from the one found on the new Chevrolet C8 - so it's not completely retro.
Another crystal clear change are the alloys that Pixels has decided to equip it with. Keen muscle car enthusiasts will remember that a staple in Pontiac's design culture in the late 60s, through to the 80s, were snowflake wheels. Members of the newer generation may think it looks outlandish, but those wheels are actually the most significant manifestation of what this car represents: a tribute to Pontiac.
The company may well be down and out these days, but their spirit and their aura continues to burn as brightly as it ever did. What Chopping Pixels' render shows us is that modern design can learn a lot from looking over at the past. Yes, modern aerodynamics and all that palaver won't really allow for straight, stocky shapes any longer - but who says we *always* have to stick to the laws of science? Pixels has shown us that a slice of modern engineering, cocooned around timeless, vintage body panels, can only mean one thing: a recipe for success.
If you want to check out more of Chopping Pixels' work, click here to be forwarded to their Instagram page!