Back On Track
Historic name heads back into competition
Andy Bolig - January 26, 2014 03:03 PM
Apart from series-mandated equipment and the specialized suspension components needed for endurance racing, the Z/28.R is as close to a production-spec race car as you’ll find
The Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 returned to its racing roots when the all-new Camaro Z/28.R race car debuted in a 2.5-hour endurance race ahead of the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona.
It is one of the most production-based competitors on the track, sharing aero, engine and even axle components with the new 2014 Camaro Z/28. Stevenson Motorsports and CKS Autosport campaigned two Z/28.R race cars in the GS class of the IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge. The Daytona race kicks off the 12-race 2014 season.
“The original Camaro Z/28 was designed for racing and became an iconic performance car through its hard-fought victories,” said Mark Kent, director of racing for Chevrolet. “A new chapter in racing begins, as the new Camaro Z/28 makes its competition debut in one of the most hotly-contested series in motorsports.”
Developed alongside its production counterpart, the Z/28.R incorporates the same performance elements that make the 2014 Camaro Z/28 the most track-capable Camaro ever. To enhance grip, for example, the Z/28.R’s body shares the same downforce-generating aero package as the production model.
The Z/28.R is also powered by the same LS7 7.0L V-8 engine as the production Z/28 and employs the unique, helical-gear limited-slip rear differential found on the production model. It is standard in the Z/28, helping the driver put down more power to the pavement when exiting corners.
“Apart from series-mandated equipment and the specialized suspension components needed for endurance racing, the Z/28.R is as close to a production-spec race car as you’ll find,” said Kent.
“The new Camaro Z/28.R is a significant advancement from the GS.R that won multiple races in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge the last three years,” said Lisa Talarico, Chevrolet program manager for the Continental Tire series. “We expect the new engine package, suspension components and aerodynamic improvements to help our teams to further successes in the 2014 GS class. The GS class is full of great competitors, and we believe the performance level of the new Z/28.R will provide us the opportunity to contend for a championship.”