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Press Release From JConcepts:
JConcepts adds new racing benefits to the already strong 1968 Pontiac with several new features blended into a performance-oriented core Firebird 2 (FB2) body shell. The new 1968 styled body dubbed, “The Machine” has been an immediate hit on and off the racetrack and prototyped and driven by JConcepts drivers across the United States. The new body shell exudes confidence with its low-profile stature, super low Firebird V-nose, built-in front splitter and crowned shaped hood line.
The Firebird has a long silhouette allowing an even displacement of downforce over the front and rear end helping the body gain grip where needed. When a driver makes initial throttle response, the over-hang in the rear and built-in rear side-dams help the vehicle gain forward traction and launch stability. Getting up to speed with “The Machine” is possible with the low-slung roofline which handles the at-speed handling. The large lay-down front windshield cuts through the wind like a fighter jet while the recessed side-windows provide just enough visibility for a Pro Mod.
The front-end of the body is important to maximize the MPH and elapsed time during any pass. The heavy front-end rake allows the vehicle to hold tight on the “big end” of the racetrack. With just enough clearance to fit over most front suspension components, “The Machine” hangs tough in performance and aesthetics. On the Firebird 2, JConcepts has added more clearance in the front hooded area to allow a lower-profile stance, additional tire clearance with a more uniform panel for less disturbance. A slight hood-scoop runs the centerline of the body over the crowned hood which makes perfect space for painting decoration or sponsor decals.
The recessed front-end looks complete by adding included headlight, grille, and duct decals to highlight a branded area of the body. Drop below the grille to the built-in splitter, trim to the lowest cutline to cut through the air with accuracy. The FB2 now has more room below the cutline for alternate mounting heights and maintains the ability to trim closer to the racing surface. Small wheel wells close large gaps around the tires and an ultra-low cutline on the rocker panel area allows the body to have a low drape effect.
Refined on the FB2, a wider rear-end to provide more clearance to an assortment of tire combinations or wider track width vehicles. The final feature, the long roofline extended to the trunk section blends into a built-in gurney type wing for downforce even without adding additional wings or aerodynamics. The side-dam plates have been realigned in a more parallel fashion for less overall drag and to provide a healthier setting for after-market (not included) rear wing sets.
Perhaps one of the greatest features of the new FB2 is the use of light-weight materials. High-end racers have asked for a lighter overall weight and the #gojconcepts team delivers with material usually reserved for only the highest performance on-road vehicles. The new FB2, comes standard as lightweight and shaves off approximately ~3% over the previous generation. The JConcepts body includes overspray film on top of the body, window mask for quick paint and prep and detailed Pontiac Firebird / JConcepts decal sheet. The product is always backed by JConcepts customer service, supported, and developed by professionals with style and authenticity.
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