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Old 01-21-2014, 07:17 AM   #1
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GM Reveals Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R

Camaro Z/28.R Sends Historic Name Back to the Track
New era begins at Daytona with IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
General Motors

January 21, 2014


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 returns to its racing roots this week when the all-new Camaro Z/28.R race car debuts in a 2.5-hour endurance race ahead of the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona. It will be 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 will campaign Z/28.R race cars in the GS class of the IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge. The Daytona race begins at 1:45 p.m. EST, on Friday, Jan. 24, kicking 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 this week, 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, including:
  • Front splitter
  • Rear spoiler with wickerbill
  • Hood extractor vent
  • Rockers, wheel-house extensions and front tire deflectors
  • Belly pan.

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.

Advancing the Z/28 legacy

As Stevenson Motorsports and CKS Autosport kick off a full season of racing in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge with their new Camaro Z/28.R race cars, they’ll advance the legacy of Camaro endurance racing that dates to the original Z/28’s 1967 introduction, when it was developed for the Trans-Am series. More recently, the Camaro GS.R won six races from 2011 to 2013 in the Continental SportsCar Series Grand Sport class, helping Chevrolet achieve a runner-up finish in the GS championship last season.

“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.”

The 2014 Camaro Z/28 goes on sale this spring.

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Old 01-21-2014, 07:20 AM   #2
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Now that's what I'm talking about. Can't wait to see that in action.

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Old 01-21-2014, 07:22 AM   #3
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Old 01-21-2014, 07:25 AM   #4
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Andy Lally kicked it off 2 days ago. Hope he doesn't get spanked for it, lol.
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=337989

I give it 3 races until the other teams are crying. Maybe not even that long.
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Any live TV for this race? or is it tape delay like the others?
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:09 AM   #7
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:00 AM   #8
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Any live TV for this race? or is it tape delay like the others?
Race this Friday from 1:45-4:15. Tape delayed at 6:00 on Fox Sports2 , which I can only get by shelling out yet another $9/mo to Time Warner for a Sports package I have zero use for other than this. Kudos to Fox for destroying the Speed Channel.
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Andy Lally kicked it off 2 days ago. Hope he doesn't get spanked for it, lol.
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=337989

I give it 3 races until the other teams are crying. Maybe not even that long.
They will be crying after qualifying. They already hate the original camaro for 'bullying' everyone around the track. Now they have a monster to contend with. "I never got a good look at the new Porsche, it kept disappearing in my mirror. But it looked nice each time I lapped it". Bwahahahahaha.

I can't wait to see this on TV, it will be awesome for all us Chevy fans.
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Is there a list anywhere that outlines the differences between the production Z/28 and the Z/28.R? Maybe a quick run-down of what was added/removed...

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that's sexy!! wonder if it's going to be priced around what the boss 302r goes for? (135k)
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Hope it is on fox sports 1
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Good stuff. So in addition to shared aero, they say the engine and diff is the same as the production car. I'll warm up another small serving of crow for lunch today as I did not expect that and am on record saying so. I'm happily wrong.

So three major items shared vs no items shared is a beautiful thing!

As I read it they note the suspension is different, no surprise there at all, probably all heim joints (spherical ends) and solid bushings which are miserable for street driving.

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I hope they make a die cast of that, it's a beautiful car.
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Is there a list anywhere that outlines the differences between the production Z/28 and the Z/28.R? Maybe a quick run-down of what was added/removed...

Doesn't sound like they did a lot other than adding the safety equipment and other items to meet the rules. And stronger suspention components.

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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, including:
Front splitter
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Belly pan.

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.
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