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Old 05-13-2013, 02:35 PM   #26
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The factory weight for the SS is 3860 lbs so if they've reduced that by more than 100 lbs the weight of the Z/28 is definitely below 3760. And based on what AO said about them removing pounds, not ounces they're probably driving hard towards 3700 or lower.

I know they've spent time with Justice Pete on suspension tricks and issues he uncovered with his Pedderized Camaros. I also have this feeling they may have spent some time looking at my project thread which was all about weight reduction... and not just any weight but specifically unsprung weight. I'm down to 3688 and that's with a full tank of gas, A/C, full factory sound system and the stock interior completely intact including the heavy factory seats, so I KNOW there's still potential areas of improvement which I fully expect they're exploring.

They've said nothing about flywheel, clutch, driveshaft. Not only reducing weight but reducing inefficiency and resistance in the drivetrain lets more power make it to the rear wheels. A stock SS is rated at 426 hp but only about 370 makes it to the rear wheels. That's 56 hp being eaten up by the inefficiency of everything between the engine and the rear wheels. I gained 9 hp to the rear wheels just by switching from the inefficient factory 2-piece driveshaft to a 1-piece driveshaft. Weight and efficiency of the flywheel and clutch play a big part too. Better oils can play a part in reducing friction which eats away at power transfer. It's going to be interesting to see what they've done with drivetrain efficiency.

Al O's dialog is extremely encouraging because it shows they have approval from the top to DO IT RIGHT. They have one of the very best people in the industry, Mark Stielow in charge. And they also have the great advantage of the fact that they make the car to begin with so they can do all kinds of things that just wouldn't be practical or possible for us as individuals to do.

I have the feeling this car's performance is not only going to surprise people, but outright shock them at what it can do. The fact you'll be able to drive it off the showroom floor with this level of performance is almost ridiculous lol.
It's a track-car. It better shock us all not being a daily driven vehicle.
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Old 05-13-2013, 03:01 PM   #27
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Extensive lightweighting saved 300 pounds over the Camaro ZL1
To optimize the track performance of the Camaro Z/28, the engineering team subjected it to an intensive lightweighting program, saving 100 pounds (45 kilograms) compared to the naturally aspirated Camaro SS and 300 pounds (136 kilograms) to the supercharged Camaro ZL1.

This makes no sense the way he said it. The ZL-1 is 300lbs heavier than an SS. Yet the Z/28 is supposed to be around 300lbs lighter than a ZL-1 AND 100lbs less than an SS. Shouldnt that be 400lbs less than a ZL-1? I mean Im no mathmatician, but as long as I've been knowing and been taught that 4100-400= 3700.
[QUOTE=90503;6538594[COLOR="Red"]]...I'm sure their 300/100 lb reductions were preliminary goals, minimums, guesstimates....They wouldn't have put it out there unless they knew they could meet or beat it...

The final number will be a lot lower and touted as an engineering accomplishment and added "wow-factor"....(as it should be)....[/
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Old 05-13-2013, 04:19 PM   #28
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]...I'm sure their 300/100 lb reductions were preliminary goals, minimums, guesstimates....They wouldn't have put it out there unless they knew they could meet or beat it...[/COLOR]

The final number will be a lot lower and touted as an engineering accomplishment and added "wow-factor"....(as it should be)....[/QUOTE]

My feelings as well.
If They go Lower than 3700, then I agree with those saying the car will be upwards of $100k if not more. Every 100lbs cut, add $5000 to the price tag.
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I'm gonna guess 3,730 without AC and 3,750 with.
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:20 PM   #30
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I'm gonna guess 3,730 without AC and 3,750 with.
Doc's down to 3688 (full tank of gas...lol) on his own....I'll give the boys another -100 or so and guess " 3,575 "......

A gallon of gas is around 6 lbs...full tank, over a hundred pounds right there...

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Old 05-13-2013, 05:21 PM   #31
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I hope the Z/28 does well and I hope the price is right. I know GM usually has the best bang for buck vehicles and given the price and performance of the ZL1 I'm confident they will price the Z/28 correctly. If it does weigh under 3,700 lbs that will be awesome as a base level and then you could just add more power with a good H/C package since the Z06 has been out for over 7 years now there is plenty of track testing done on this LS7 motor. I'm guessing it comes in just under $70k with no options which is a great deal considering the Carbon Ceramic brakes which cost $8k separately.
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]...I'm sure their 300/100 lb reductions were preliminary goals, minimums, guesstimates....They wouldn't have put it out there unless they knew they could meet or beat it...

The final number will be a lot lower and touted as an engineering accomplishment and added "wow-factor"....(as it should be)....[/
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My feelings as well.
Or it's possible that someone didn't quote or write the article down exactly as he said it. Or maybe he misspoke, people do make mistakes lol.
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Or the glass 1/2 full: 4,120 and 3,860...3,820 and 3,760...at least.
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I'm gonna guess 3,730 without AC and 3,750 with.
A/C system is easy 60 lbs.

Compressor alone is 20-30lbs plus condenser, evaporator, hoses, wiring, misc.

My understanding is the "300 lbs weight reduction" already includes A/C delete and radio delete.
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It was mentioned somewhere that NO AC saved 20 lbs.
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It was mentioned somewhere that NO AC saved 20 lbs.
It's got to be more than that. The ones I've removed have added up to a bunch of lbs. Someone in the inner circle email an engineer and ask?
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I hope the Z/28 does well and I hope the price is right. I know GM usually has the best bang for buck vehicles and given the price and performance of the ZL1 I'm confident they will price the Z/28 correctly. If it does weigh under 3,700 lbs that will be awesome as a base level and then you could just add more power with a good H/C package since the Z06 has been out for over 7 years now there is plenty of track testing done on this LS7 motor. I'm guessing it comes in just under $70k with no options which is a great deal considering the Carbon Ceramic brakes which cost $8k separately.
Based on the poll in this forum about 2/3 of the potential Z28 buyers will pass at that price.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:38 PM   #38
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It's got to be more than that. The ones I've removed have added up to a bunch of lbs. Someone in the inner circle email an engineer and ask?
Compressor is 15 pounds.

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It's got to be more than that. The ones I've removed have added up to a bunch of lbs. Someone in the inner circle email an engineer and ask?
We can ask Number 3 in the Schno thread.
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according to BMR, all A/C related components = 48.4 lbs +/-

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That appears to include both the AC and heating system.
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yes, without

A/C LINES AND DUCTING
A/C-HEAT BLOWER MOTOR ASSY

its 36.6 lbs +/-
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yes, without

A/C LINES AND DUCTING
A/C-HEAT BLOWER MOTOR ASSY

its 36.6 lbs +/-
That's a great article! Thanks for posting.

By my math and his info I get 43'ish?:

"A/C EVAPORATOR CORE ASSY.
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A/C COMPRESSOR
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A/C LINES AND DUCTING
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I believe some of that does double duty for the heater.
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I believe some of that does double duty for the heater.
How about the actual coolant/freon....if it's anything like I remember, it's on the heavy side....
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..just talkin out loud folks...if they price this baby like a growing majority is calculating then they will be cutting off our noses to spite their face <sarcasim>. 500 units...only for the elite collector and a few racers. I know the numbers, the models, the statistics, lineage, history yada yada...what would be the point of that...for a Camaro..and I am a life long Camaro guy. Also, I am a life long Camaro Z-28 guy who would like to get this model by trading in my ZL1 on it. I am getting old, can't keep everything..soooo. It's ok if it's priced to the moon, I have a ZL1 anyway. But, I don't see their logic in doing that, only if there was a sanctioned race series they were entering and needed to hit a finite limted production to get the car in. Just sayin....
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..just talkin out loud folks...if they price this baby like a growing majority is calculating then they will be cutting off our noses to spite their face <sarcasim>. 500 units...only for the elite collector and a few racers. I know the numbers, the models, the statistics, lineage, history yada yada...what would be the point of that...for a Camaro..and I am a life long Camaro guy. Also, I am a life long Camaro Z-28 guy who would like to get this model by trading in my ZL1 on it. I am getting old, can't keep everything..soooo. It's ok if it's priced to the moon, I have a ZL1 anyway. But, I don't see their logic in doing that, only if there was a sanctioned race series they were entering and needed to hit a finite limted production to get the car in. Just sayin....
hypothetically if its an outrageous price they have a few reasons to do it.

1. Because they can, they are showing off how capable they are, and how capable this car is/can be.

2. Send the 5th gen out with a bang, need some excitement with the next mustang right around the corner and the 6th gen camaro a few years away too.

3. They wanted to make this a car you can buy and go race, so props to them for doing it right.
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hypothetically if its an outrageous price they have a few reasons to do it.

1. Because they can, they are showing off how capable they are, and how capable this car is/can be.

2. Send the 5th gen out with a bang, need some excitement with the next mustang right around the corner and the 6th gen camaro a few years away too.

3. They wanted to make this a car you can buy and go race, so props to them for doing it right.
Chevy proved their capability of doing something they never did before, and in a way, to show that they could. The ZL1. It was underpriced by performance metrics VS it's MSRP. They seemingly answered our pleas here on the Z-28 forum where we discussed the bulding of the Z-28 with the LS7 in a final go out with a blow out ride. We got it built, by gosh yes they are doing it! By making a car they can race and doing it right, then it should have been a COPO style no VIN race only model, not similar to that of the ZL1 where it's warrantied for racing, but can be a DD.
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