Pawson, s. M.; Bader, M. K.-F

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    <br> For the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Speedo released another go well with, specifically the LZR Racer, which contained a fabric generally known as polyurethane. For the Firebird’s final year, a collector’s edition Trans Am was launched as both a yellow WS6 convertible or WS6 T-high coupe, with twin black stripes from hood to tail, black-painted 5-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels, and further black-trimmed body particulars. The WS6 “Ram Air” efficiency bundle was now also an possibility for the Formula and Trans Am convertibles, though these convertibles did not obtain the 17-inch wheel-and-tire combination. As the Pontiac 301 had now ramped up production because the Pontiac 400 manufacturing had ceased, it became the standard engine for the Formula. Firebirds were used within the Trans-Am series within the 1960s and 1970s. When the Firebird Trans Am was launched, there was controversy over the model’s inability to compete within the Trans-Am because the smallest accessible engine was too giant for use in the series at four hundred cubic inches (6.6 L).<br>
    <br> The special-version additional-efficiency Firehawk (accessible in Formula trim for 1993-1997, and again in each Formula and Trans Am trims for 1999-2002) was produced by SLP Engineering, Inc., and bought via Pontiac dealerships. The “Trans Am GT” trim level was dropped from the lineup after its model 12 months run in 1994. For 1995, all Trans Ams obtained 155-mph speedometers and Z-rated tires. The WS6 bundle had now been renamed from the “Trans Am Mk IV Special Handling Package” to the “Special Handling Package” as it was now accessible for the Firebird Formula. The 301T now grew to become certified to cross Californian and H/A emissions requirements, making it the most highly effective Pontiac engine to be offered in California since the mid 1970s. As with all other General Motors vehicles for 1981, all engines got here outfitted with the “laptop command control” system connected to the carburetor. The interior remained mostly unchanged from the previous mannequin year, however, the deluxe cloth inside had now modified from velour to a Hobnail pattern. However, the WS6 Special Handling Package was by no means necessary with the 301 Turbo. Optional engines for the Trans Am and Formula included a turbocharged 301 or the Chevrolet 305 small block. There have been three different iterations of the 301 in 1980, the L37 301 4bbl, the W72 E/C 301 T/A 4.9, and the LU8 301 Turbo.<br>
    <br> No manual transmission was available for the Firebird in 1980, all obtained the 3-velocity automatic Turbo Hydramatic 350. Dealer order info listed a 3-velocity handbook out there with the Buick V6 in the bottom model Firebird, however, none have been ordered or built. Engine decisions consisted of an L98 5.7 litres (350 cu in) TPI V8 mated to GM’s corporate 700R4 automated transmission or the 5.0 litres (310 cu in) TPI V8. Despite its identify, the Trans Am was not initially used in the Trans Am Series, as its smallest engine exceeded the SCCA’s five-liter displacement restrict. The three engine choices were unchanged for the mannequin line-up, nonetheless, the option for a four-velocity Borg Warner Super T-10 was re-introduced for the Formula and Trans Am, but was only available with the Chevrolet sourced LG4 305 “5.Zero LITRE” V8. Pontiac produced 7,500 Y89 TATAs, of which 1,817 were equipped with the high-output Pontiac T/A 6.6 W72 400 engine. Car and arena tech suits Driver magazine named the Trans Am with the WS6 efficiency package the perfect dealing with car of 1979. During period dyno testing, the National Hot Rod Association rated the “T/A 6.6” W72 Pontiac 400 engine at 260-280 net horsepower, which was considerably increased than Pontiac’s conservative score of 220 hp.<br>
    <br> While 1995 automobiles nonetheless used the OBD-I (on-board diagnostic) laptop system (the last 12 months of any American car including the F-body to make use of OBD-I), a majority of them had OBD-II connector ports underneath the sprint. Throughout the 1995, 1996, and 1997 NHRA seasons, 14-time funny automobile champion John Force used a Firebird body to exchange the out of date Oldsmobile Cutlass and Chevrolet Lumina our bodies he had used since 1988. He used it for 3 seasons, winning the championship in all three years. The Firebird and Camaro were utterly redesigned for the 1982 mannequin 12 months, with the windshield slope set at sixty two degrees, (about three levels steeper than something GM had ever tried before), and for the first time, a big, glass-dominated hatchback that required no steel construction to help it. Pontiac additionally launched a rare possibility for the Trans Am GTA within the 1988 model 12 months, the $800 “notchback”, which replaced the usual long giant, glass-dominated hatchback to make the Firebird design look less just like the Camaro design, and shared an look with the Pontiac Fiero. Built by Trans Am Depot, only 77 might be produced, every signed by Burt Reynolds.<br>

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