While there’s no doubt that Aussies take kindly to the tire-shredding awesomeness that is the Chevrolet Camaro, there’s still a good deal of work that goes into converting the U.S.-spec vehicle into something appropriate for sale in Australia. Taking responsibility for the conversion is Holden Special Vehicles (HSV), Holden’s officially designated performance vehicle partner that is responsible for such heavy-hitters as the VZ Maloo R8 and Gen-F2 GTS-R. And now, we’re getting an inside look at the process that goes into creating a Chevrolet Camaro ready for service Down Under thanks to this new video.
Clocking in at four minutes and 45 seconds, the video leads us through each step of the conversion process. Hosted by HSV’s Camaro Production Line Manager, Andrew Wills, it’s a fascinating look at what it takes to turn the Chevrolet Camaro into a global product.
Once the Camaro arrives at HSV, the interior and rear trunk area are immediately stripped down to the bare metal, followed by various exterior body components. A new wiring harness is then added, and the lengthy process of reinstalling all the various wires and connections can begin, including a right-hand-drive conversion with a new dash.
Later on, the engine and front suspension are removed, allowing the steering rack and other components to be swapped for right-hand-drive replacements. Then, the firewall is re-welded to accommodate things like a new pedal box. With everything buttoned up and repainted, the engine is then mounted back into the vehicle.
From there, various Chevrolet Camaro interior components are reinstalled with right-hand-drive replacements. The engine is then re-plumbed, and the body is reinstalled. There’s also a set of new tires to meet Australian road-going regulations.
Final details include a computer check to ensure the digital systems are working as intended, plus a test drive to resettle the suspension and make sure the mechanicals are up to snuff. If everything comes back clean, then the freshly-converted Chevrolet Camaro gets its final inspection stickers.
Watching the whole process completed in just a matter of minutes is impressive, and certainly fosters respect for HSV’s contributions to getting the muscle car onto the road.