1988 Chevrolet Beretta Race Car
|Color:||C & C Incorporated Red and White Livery|
History: Three Chevrolet Beretta Race Cars were built by Peerless Engineering for General Motors and were campaigned in the 1988 IMSA 3.0 Liter GTU category by Cars and Concepts (C & C) Incorporated with Tommy Kendall and Max Jones as drivers. Kendall won 6 out of the 12 races to take his third successive IMSA GTU Championship.
The car was used as a test and development car. Ran at Dana Test Center near Toledo and at Sebring Raceway. Then it went to the races as the spare car for Kendall and Jones at the end of the racing season.
It is rebodied as a 1989 Trans Am car and used as a show car. Then it goes to the General Motors Heritage Museum, where it was given the number race shop 0022 number. It stayed in the museum until 2009.
In conversations with Bob Gosch of Peerless, Dan Binks, the race team manager who has the records, and Sean Finegan of the GM Museum, the three cars were PRB8801, PRB8802, and PRB8803. PRB is for Peerless Racing Beretta. One car is with Tommy Kendall. The present owner acquired the car in 2009.
Description: The fiberglass body panels are finished in the 1988 C&C Incorporated red-and-white livery and cover a carbon-fiber tub and steel tube frame. The engine is built by Katech which also builds the bullet-proof racing Camaro IROC V-8s.
The engine incorporates the GM Gen-I electronic fuel management system, similar to the system that Jack Baldwin ran on his Levi-Garrett Chevrolet Camaro.
The engine is front-mounted and is used in a stress member. Transmission and axle are rear-mounted. The Beretta chassis is a carbon fiber composite structure – the first such use in IMSA GTU. The Beretta GTU utilizes a double wish bone four-wheel independent suspension, unique to GTU racing. Most other cars rely on a live axle, but the four-wheel independent suspension provides better grip on a rough track.
The rear brakes are in-board mounted, providing a lighter rear wheel unsprung mass and allowing for optimum suspension geometry design.
The Delco CCR1000 driver adjusted electronically controlled shock valving on the track.
The transmission is a new Doug Nash syncromesh 5-speed manual. The Beretta will run on Goodyear 16” racing radial tires. It is the first application of radial race tire technology in the GTU series. The production of Beretta GTU uses 16” Goodyear “Gatorback” Eagle radial tires.
The Beretta will run on Goodyear 16” racing radial tires. It is the first application of radial race tire technology in the GTU series. The production of Beretta GTU uses 16” Goodyear “Gatorback” Eagle radial tires.
Condition: The seller began a restoration five years ago, which included removing the fiberglass body panels from the carbon fiber tub and tubular steel front frame. Exterior was refinished in the original 1988 championship livery of red and white with the C&C logo on the hood and #1 on the doors.
This Beretta silhouette racer features wide bodywork and rear refueling port mounted beneath the transparent spoiler.
Three-piece 16″ center-lock wheels feature March Indycar-style nuts, repainted white and mounted with Goodyear Eagle racing slicks. Chassis features independent rear suspension and AP Racing disc brakes at all four corners.
The purpose-built interior is original and retains a single Recaro racing seat mounted to the carbon fiber floor. Padding lined steel cage, electrical kill switch affixed to center bar. Transaxle-driven alternator mounted to passenger-side floor next to the battery and electrical system.
Custom dashboard equipped with GM-branded instrumentation and a control panel for the computer-adjusted shocks made by Delco Products. Removable steering wheel wrapped in red upholstery features an adjustable-height steering column.
Fuel-injected 3.0-liter V6 was originally designed by Katech and recently rebuilt by Terri Smith of High Performer Enterprises in Phoenix. The pushrod engine was disassembled and rebuilt with a custom MoTeC engine management system. Rear-mounted Doug Nash five-speed transaxle equipped with a single-rail shift and rebuilt with a new Positraction differential, mounted to the Frankland Quick Change rear axle.
Although the car has had considerable work done, it starts and drives, it is not ready to race. A proper race prep will be needed.
Of Note: Confirmed by Bob Gosch of Peerless and Dan Binks team manager to be one of the three original factory IMSA GTU Berettas. Comes with correspondence from Gosch and Binks. Misc. GM memorabilia and related materials. Receipts for restoration work done.