The basic $7,000 package still requires a powertrain, fuel-system, suspension, glass, and interior

The basic $7,000 package still requires a powertrain, fuel-system, suspension, glass, and interior

GM Performance Parts (GMPP) will be offering 'body in white' packages for the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, with sales expected to begin in the first quarter of 2009. Body in white refers to the stage in automotive production when the car's sheet metal has been assembled, but components such as the interior and powertrain are yet to be installed. Used for racing, customers have to add their own powertrains, fuel systems, suspension setups, interior components, glass and safety equipment before the cars can be used.

The basic $7,000 package will include an assembled body structure, including the front fenders, hood, front valance/grille header panel, roof, doors, rear quarters, trunk lid and rear valance. The structure also includes the complete floorpans and chassis rails.

The body in white includes only a painted body shell and no additional components or materials. The bodies do not have vehicle identification numbers, so they may only be used as racing vehicles that will never be licensed for street use.

Customers must fill out an online application to be eligible to purchase an example from the GM Performance Parts website, and according to GMPP, the bodies will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, with no limit to the number an approved racing team can purchase.

"This is the easiest and most cost-effective way to build a race-ready new Camaro," said Dr. Jamie Meyer, of GM Performance Parts. "We envision racers using these bodies for all types of competition, from Pro Street and Competition drag racing to road racing."

"For the racers who would strip down the entire car and replace most of the components with racing-spec parts, the body in white saves time and money," said Dr. Meyer. "Drag racers, for example, won't have to worry about swapping out for a solid axle – they can just bolt one up and go."

The body in white's unadorned interior also saves time and money by allowing racing teams to eliminate the process of stripping a fully equipment production car in order to reduce weight and prep the chassis for a roll cage.

The latest Camaro package is similar to the Dodge Challenger body in white released by Mopar earlier this year and designed primarily for the Stock Eliminator series run by the NHRA.