What do you get when you put comedian/political satirist Rick Mercer inside the Oshawa GM Camaro assembly plant and expect him to help create the modern American sports car? For those of you who said a disaster, you are correct. To see just how chaotic things got when the Canadian TV personality set out to help manufacture and test the brand new Camaro, check out the video we found on Camaro5.com above.
Mercer is best known for his political satires and comedy seen on Canadian TV networks since the early 90s and continuing now with the Rick Mercer Report, similar to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. So to say that he is far from an expert in automotive manufacturing would be an understatement. But that didn’t prevent Mercer from heading to the GM Oshawa Car Assembly Plant and General Motors of Canada Automotive Centre of Excellence for a hands-on look at the creation and testing of the modern Camaro.
Starting out on the assembly plant floor, Mercer first learns how to put a hem seal on the hood of a Camaro. This seal is put in place to help prevent rust corrosion, but with Mercer’s job complete, the Camaro would have been just as well off without any kind of seal. Moving on to the trim department, Mercer then attempts to equip a Camaro with some new seats. But just like his hem seal, Mercer’s attempt at interior trim fails miserably, so it’s off to test the completed cars.
First Mercer runs a Camaro on the dyno at the assembly plant, then moves over to test cars in the “chambers of madness” at the Centre of Excellence. This includes texting and eating cereal while riding in Chevy’s new Sonic while the suspension is being tested and “driving” a Camaro through frigid temperatures in the wind tunnel. Ever wonder what happens in a snow storm when you put your Camaro’s convertible top down? Well Mercer tests that too.
You’ve seen Camaro assembly plant videos before and maybe even toured the Oshawa Assembly Plant, but this has got to be one of the funnier takes on the Camaro manufacturing process. Check it out above and see how it compares to Larry the Cable Guy’s visit to the Bowling Green Corvette assembly plant.