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Old 03-04-2014, 02:50 PM   #1
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Cool "Flowtie" - Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 bowtie modified for track performance

Modified Chevrolet Bowtie Makes Z/28 Even Cooler


DETROIT – In developing the 2014 Camaro Z/28, the team scrutinized every component looking for ways to improve track performance, lap after lap. Even the iconic Chevrolet bowtie faced audit.

During aerodynamics testing, Powertrain Cooling Development engineer Richard Quinn noticed that the bowtie on the Z/28’s grill was displacing air away from the radiator, which can impact engine cooling – an important aspect for all vehicles, especially track-oriented cars.

Removing the bowtie altogether did not seem to be an appropriate solution. Instead, Quinn took a cut-off wheel to the gold fill of the bowtie, leaving the silver outline intact. He installed the prototype on the grill and retested to see the results.

“There are engineers in our team that race as a hobby,” said Quinn, “and we used that racer’s mindset to look for ways small or large to get better performance out of the Z/28. Even the smallest details on the Z/28 were weighed for cooling benefit, and this is one that stuck.”

The “Flowtie,” as the engineers now affectionately refer to it, is just the chrome outline of the traditional bowtie, with the center removed. This simple solution alone was enough to allow three additional cubic meters of air into the engine per minute. Engineers found the Flowtie dropped the temperatures of engine coolant and engine oil by 2°F (1.2°C) during extended track sessions. That seemingly small improvement was enough to justify making the Flowtie standard on every new Z/28.

“The Flowtie is just one example of the team’s focus on track performance,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “That same attention to detail is evident throughout the cooling systems for the LS7 engine, as well as the carbon ceramic brakes and the differential.”

The naturally aspirated Z/28 weighs 300 pounds less than the supercharged Camaro ZL1 and 55 pounds lighter than the Camaro 1LE - with changes ranging from lightweight wheels to thinner rear-window glass.

“The Camaro Z/28 has more than 190 unique parts, compared to a Camaro SS,” Oppenheiser said. “Like the Flowtie, each of these parts were changed with one objective: to deliver incredible performance on the track – not just for the first lap, but lap, after lap, after lap.”

The 2014 Camaro Z/28 arrives in dealerships this spring.

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Old 03-04-2014, 02:54 PM   #2
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Most superior. Attention to detail is paramount.
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Old 03-04-2014, 03:43 PM   #3
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That is very very impressive! Go GM!
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So they took the bowtie design from the SSX camaro. Interesting.
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Old 03-04-2014, 07:08 PM   #7
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Old 03-04-2014, 08:01 PM   #9
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That's awesome. We suspected there was a reason for the holey Bowtie.
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Very impressive. Since I purchased my car I've been looking for the "right" upgrade for my emblems because nothing so far has impressed me. THIS, impresses me so I hope you take imitation as the highest form of flattery because I am certainly going to copy this.

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Very impressive. Since I purchased my car I've been looking for the "right" upgrade for my emblems because nothing so far has impressed me. THIS, impresses me so I hope you take imitation as the highest form of flattery because I am dementedly going to copy this.

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I went with the No-tie.....

I was at a party with a couple of the guys on the Camaro team last summer (benefit of working in the industry, having mutual friends and living in Detroit) and was asked about my missing bowtie....I was even asked to send one of them a picture of it later. Maybe the discussion at that time was no-tie of flow-tie?
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I went with the No-tie.....

I was at a party with a couple of the guys on the Camaro team last summer (benefit of working in the industry, having mutual friends and living in Detroit) and was asked about my missing bowtie....I was even asked to send one of them a picture of it later. Maybe the discussion at that time was no-tie of flow-tie?
I actually prefer your no-tie. I would even consider choosing a "No badging"option if it were offered.
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....flowtie is more contemporary than no tie...just my .02
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Old 03-06-2014, 11:16 AM   #22
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Anyone heard if this will be available any time soon at the parts desk?
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Old 03-06-2014, 11:33 AM   #23
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Not to be the guy pissing on the campfire, but I don't like the look. It looks cheap to me. For -2 degrees on "extended" track use, I'd rather a colored bowtie. That said, opinions are like A-holes, everyone has one and they USUALLY stink.

I like the attention to detail that GM is showing, but I'd rather hear about how we can lighten up our cars without hurting them functionally and/or aesthetically.
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Well put, I agree.
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Those guys are relentless developing the Z/28.
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