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Old 10-14-2013, 05:38 PM   #1
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Exclamation Camaro Z/28 Nurburgring time = 7:37.47 !! [VIDEO]

Watch as the 505-horsepower 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 battles the famed German Nurburgring track in inclement weather. With an impressive lap time of 7:37.47, that puts the Camaro ahead of the published times for the Porsche 911, Carrera S, and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640.





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Track-capable Camaro Z/28 Validated at Nürburgring


2013-10-15

◾Z/28 undergoes 10 hours or 1,000 miles of testing at Nordschleife
◾Fastest lap completed in 7:37.40 in rainy conditions

DETROIT – Chevrolet today revealed a video of the all-new, 2014 Camaro Z/28 lapping Germany’s challenging Nürburgring road course in 7:37.40, a time comparable with some of the world’s most prestigious sports cars.

The Z/28’s lap is four seconds faster than the Camaro ZL1, and beats published times for the Porsche 911 Carrera S and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640. The Z/28’s lap was completed on less-than-ideal conditions, with damp pavement and pouring rain near the end of the run.

"One of the challenges of testing at the 'Ring is that the track is so long that conditions can change radically in a single lap," said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. "Adam Dean, the development driver for Z/28, did a heroic job driving in deteriorating conditions. Based on telemetry data from our test sessions, we know the Z/28 can be as much as six seconds faster on a dry track."

In terms of lap times, the Z/28’s improved speed came from three areas:
◾Increased grip: The Z/28 is capable of 1.08 g in cornering acceleration, due to comprehensive chassis revisions
◾Increased stopping power: The Z/28 features Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes capable of 1.5 g in deceleration, and consistent brake feel lap after lap
◾Reduced curb weight: The naturally aspirated Z/28 weighs 300 pounds less than the supercharged Camaro ZL1, with changes ranging from lightweight wheels to thinner rear-window glass.

The heart of the Z/28 is the 7.0L LS7 engine. The LS7 uses lightweight, racing-proven, high-performance components, such as titanium intake valves and connecting rods, CNC-ported aluminum cylinder heads and a forged-steel crankshaft to help produce an SAE-certified 505 horsepower (376 kW) and 481 lb-ft of torque (652 Nm). Air-conditioning is available, but only as an option.

A close-ratio six-speed manual transmission is the only transmission offered and power is distributed to the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential featuring a helical gear set, rather than traditional clutch packs. The new design enables the driver to apply more power and get through corners faster, by making the most of the capability of individual-wheel antilock brake function during corner entry braking, mid-corner speed and corner-exit traction.

The team spent a week at the Nürburgring as part of the Z/28's performance-validation regimen, accumulating a total of 10 hours and nearly 1,000 miles on the track. Each lap took less than eight minutes to complete, despite having to overtake slower traffic at times. These hours are part of the grueling 24-Hour Test, which simulates a full year's worth of track use of track days or amateur-level competition at the hands of an owner.

“Passing the 24-Hour Test is a requirement for all cars we call 'track capable,’” said Wayne McConnell, director of global vehicle performance. "The test pushes the car at 10/10ths on the track for a total of 24 hours. During the test the only mechanical changes allowed are replacing the brakes and tires.”

The 24-Hour Test is broken into a number of segments over the course of several days – and even at different tracks – to evaluate performance in precisely measured and carefully monitored increments. Crucially, each valid test lap must be run within 2 percent of a target lap speed to count toward the 24-hour total.

The 24-Hour Test was first used in the early 1990s for the fourth-generation Corvette. Back then, the 300-horsepower Corvette was Chevrolet’s most powerful vehicle, and the 24-Hour Test measured 15 channels of data. Today, the 2014 Camaro LS offers a 323-horsepower V-6, while the Camaro Z/28’s racing-proven LS7 7.0L small-block V-8 delivers 505 horsepower, and the 24-Hour Test measures 130 channels of data.

“Our cars' performance and capability have advanced tremendously in the past 20 years, which required us to continually improve the parameters of the 24-Hour Test," said McConnell.

"Today’s test pushes the car harder than the vast majority of customers ever will. As a result, when we call a car ‘track capable’ we are confident that it will perform reliably and consistently for our customers.”





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Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


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Surrounded by some pretty rare company!

35. Koenigsegg CCX 7:33.55 164 '06 806 / 1456 Marc Basseng
36. Koenigsegg CCR 7:34.00 163 '04 806 / 1418
37. Audi R8 GT 7:34.00 163 '10 560 / 1520 Horst von Saurma
38. Nissan GT-R Spec-V 7:34.46 163 '09 492 / 1680
39. RUF RT12 7:35.00 163 '05 650 / 1573
40. Porsche 911 Carrera S 7:37.90 162 '11 400 / 1415
Timo Kluck
41. Porsche 911 Turbo 7:38.00 162 '06 480 / 1585
42. Lexus LFA 7:38.00 162 '10 560 / 1609
43. Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera 7:38.00 162 '10 570 / 1430 Horst von Saurma
44. Nissan GT-R 7:38.00 162 '08 480 / 1740
45. McLaren Mercedes SLR 722 7:38.00 162 '07 650 / 1724
46. Ferrari 458 Italia 7:38.00 162 '09 570 / 1485 Horst Von Saurma
47. Ferrari 430 Scuderia 7:39.00 162 '07 510 / 1402
48. Porsche 911 Turbo 7:39.00 162 '09 500 / 1570
49. Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 7:40.00 161 '06 640 / 1805
50. McLaren Mercedes SLR 7:40.00 161 '03 626 / 1693 Klaus Ludwig
51. Porsche 911 GT3 7:40.00 161 '09 435 / 1376 Walter Rohrl
52. Mercedes SLS AMG 7:40.00 161 '10 571 / 1620 Horst Von Saurma
53. Ford GT 7:40.60 161 '04 550 / 1538 Markus Draper
54. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 7:41.27 161 '12 588 / 1838

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Old 10-14-2013, 05:42 PM   #2
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In bad weather even. Rain at 6 minutes.
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:42 PM   #3
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So it beat the ZL1, nice.

Video overlay of the Z/28 run and ZL1 run

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Old 10-14-2013, 05:45 PM   #4
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It beat the Porsche as well. Add in long tubes, better cai, tune, maybe a cam heads and your pushing 550 rwhp. Just talk about a track queen.
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:46 PM   #5
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AWESOME just AWESOME, even with some rain. Put on the headphones and enjoy the sweet sound of HP at the track.
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:48 PM   #6
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So it beat the ZL1, nice.
By 3.8 Seconds.
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:51 PM   #7
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By 3.8 Seconds.
Which is a lot. No doubt it would run even faster without the rain at the end.
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In bad weather even. Rain at 6 minutes.
6K pegged on the straight in the rain means they didn't leave much on the table.
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ok, I will be the first (and maybe the only) one to say it...i am a little disappointed with all the hype that it did not turn a little better time. In the other hand, I just saved a boat load of money that I can put into my ZL1 which is less that 4 seconds slower in stock form. More upside to the LSA, less expensive, and I won't have to sweat driving it during the summer. Going to be tough to justify a lot more for this car than what they are asking for the ZL1 in my opinion.
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ok, I will be the first (and maybe the only) one to say it...i am a little disappointed with all the hype that it did not turn a little better time. In the other hand, I just saved a boat load of money that I can put into my ZL1 which is less that 4 seconds slower in stock form. More upside to the LSA, less expensive, and I won't have to sweat driving it during the summer. Going to be tough to justify a lot more for this car than what they are asking for the ZL1 in my opinion.

I too feel it is slower than it "should be".
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ok, I will be the first (and maybe the only) one to say it...i am a little disappointed with all the hype that it did not turn a little better time. In the other hand, I just saved a boat load of money that I can put into my ZL1 which is less that 4 seconds slower in stock form. More upside to the LSA, less expensive, and I won't have to sweat driving it during the summer. Going to be tough to justify a lot more for this car than what they are asking for the ZL1 in my opinion.
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I too feel it is slower than it "should be".
You both realize that it beat a 300K LFA right? 4 Seconds per lap it an eternity
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And so it begins....

Look at the cars this thing is surrounded by..... It's going to be a bargain for the performance you get!
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I too feel it is slower than it "should be".
I kinda felt all along it was going to be tough to beat the ZL1 by much because it is giving away so much HP and TRQ. That track has some nice long straights that allow that hp and trq to be put to good use. On a tighter track, I am sure it would perform better but I was expecting low 30's at the very least.
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You both realize that it beat a 300K LFA right? 4 Seconds per lap it an eternity
And it is slower than a 70k GTR by 21 seconds (2009 model, which had a base price of 68k, 4 years ago, and weighs much more, has more luxuries, etc.)
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And it is slower than a 70k GTR by 21 seconds (2009 model, which had a base price of 68k, 4 years ago, and weighs much more, has more luxuries, etc.)
YEaa, but its not a Camaro .

We could do this all day, but the fact of the matter is that this Z/28 performs
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I felt it would be a little faster than it was, but 3.8 seconds faster than the ZL1 is nothing to be ashamed of. If it was only a few tenths faster, then I would have been disappointed, but 3.8 seconds is in my opinion big.
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YEaa, but its not a Camaro .

We could do this all day, but the fact of the matter is that this Z/28 performs
It performs to a lower standard than it should imo
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We could do this all day, but the fact of the matter is that this Z/28 performs
Hot rod magazine sums it up pretty good...

"NEWSLASH! 2014 Camaro Z/28 Absolutely Kills It At Nurburgring"

"This behemoth of a muscle car eats up Nurburgring like sauerkraut during Oktoberfest and demolishes such luminaries as the Porsche Carrera S and Lamborghini Murcielago LP640. Not bad for a car that weighs two tons, eh?"
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Hot rod magazine sums it up pretty good...

"NEWSLASH! 2014 Camaro Z/28 Absolutely Kills It At Nurburgring"

"This behemoth of a muscle car eats up Nurburgring like sauerkraut during Oktoberfest and demolishes such luminaries as the Porsche Carrera S and Lamborghini Murcielago LP640. Not bad for a car that weighs two tons, eh?"
nuff said!
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Not good enough to trade in my ZL1. I wanted it to be but alas, it is good...not great imo. Nonetheless, I am proud of team Camaro. That's all for me.
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Camaro Z/28 Nurburgring time = 7:37.47 !!

Also on the slightly disappointed side of the fence here.

A remarkable time of course, but given how stripped back it is, the tires and wheel combo, the carbon ceramic brakes etc - I was hoping for a little more.
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And it is slower than a 70k GTR by 21 seconds (2009 model, which had a base price of 68k, 4 years ago, and weighs much more, has more luxuries, etc.)
Your reading comprehension and mathematics skills are only exceeded by your typing skills...

The difference is 3 POINT 01 seconds, and an V-Spec GT-R is a lot more than $70K - in '09 or any other Model year. Unless you're buying Used. Great performance by a robot car...with AWD. BTW, it's pretty easy to "tune" an extra lb or two of boost into a turbo car...

You're disappointed? I'm shocked at that turn of events. It's pretty much what I expected. Surrounded by all this "expectation creep" that's gone on, it's about what realistically SHOULD have been expected.

Deep into the 7:20s or tying-beating Z06/Z07 C6s was a pretty fanciful wish...
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