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Video: Camaro Z/28 Aerodynamics Fine-tuned With Flowtie to Replace Restricting Bowtie 5
Mar
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 Camaro Z/28, Auto Addiction, Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Camaro Z28, GM, Technical, video on 03 5th, 2014
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Chevrolet has remarkably tuned the all-new Camaro Z/28 to be a marvel, which is why it can make record runs around the Nurburgring. Part of that remarkable tuning comes down to now only just the sheer power of its naturally aspirated 505-horsepower V8 engine, but engineers have replaced the traditional bowtie emblem on the front grill with a Flowtie. The new Flowtie design is a gutted or hollowed-out design with the boarder of the original Bowtie left in place.

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The Flowtie design allows air to be channeled in a more direct nature to the radiator for better cooling. In tests the Flowtie design adds 3 cubic meters of air through the grill per minute. This keeps the engine coolant and oil temperatures down a full 2 degrees Fahrenheit on hard track runs when compared to having the original Bowtie up front. Talking about some serious engineering right?



Video: Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Gets Flying Car Mode – Disables Traction Control When Airborne 25
Feb
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 Camaro Z/28, Auto Addiction, Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro Z28, News, Technical, video on 02 25th, 2014
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“Do you even lift bro?” – That is pretty much the air of what this video is all about, pun intended. It seems Chevrolet has many things up their sleeves when it comes to laying down the best track time on the Nurburgring. Chevrolet is slowly releasing details on the ingenuity that went into the new 2014 Camaro Z/28 to help it shave seconds off of lap times, even when the vehicle is airborne.

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A system called “Flying Car Mode” enables the traction control to temporarily disable when ride-height sensors detect the vehicle being airborne. This in itself allows full throttle to be applied so when the vehicle lands it does not suffer from an negative torque or slow-down due to a conventional traction control system slowing the spin of the wheels from detecting an abrupt acceleration while off of the pavement. It is pretty ingenious if you think about it. Check out the video below for the demonstration and explanation.



2014 Camaro Z/28 Storms Nurburgring in 7:37 15
Oct
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 Camaro Z/28, Auto Addiction, Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro Z28, Nurburgring, Nurburgring Lap Times, video on 10 15th, 2013
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For some time now the Nurburgring has become the benchmark track for enthusiasts especially when shopping for that perfect new sports car. The new 2014 Camaro Z/28, a track focused vehicle that is said to be livable on the street took to the Nurburgring with all of this 505 naturally aspirated horsepower from its 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 to make it around in 7:37.47, mostly in the rain. If you do not know other sport car Ring times check this out… the 991 Porsche 911 Carrera S ran it in 7:37.9, the supercharged C6 Corvette ZR1 on Michelin Pilot Sport ZP run-flat tires took it in 7:38 and the Camaro ZL1 did it in 7.41:27.

The new 2014 Camaro Z/28 has got our full attention and we cannot wait to get to drive one. Hit up the full video of the run below and give credit where it is due.



2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28 Reveal Stuns New York Auto Show 28
Mar
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2014 Camaro Z/28, auto show, Automotive, Chevrolet, Kurt, New York auto show, News on 03 28th, 2013
2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 - image: GM Corp
2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 - image: GM Corp

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 – image: GM Corp

Thanks to spy photographers, loose-lipped employees and the speed of information on the internet, it’s virtually impossible for an automaker to tee up a surprise new product. Generally speaking, by the time something new does hit the auto show floor, it’s been dissected to a molecular level by journalists the world over, who will typically complain that it’s underpowered, devoid of interior style and utterly worthless since it won’t be sold in a station wagon variant.

When Chevy pulled the wraps off the 2014 Camaro Z/28 yesterday, few people saw it coming. Call it sleight of hand; after all, Chevy had recently dropped the all-new Corvette and Corvette convertible, along with its SS muscle sedan. We were expecting a moderate refresh for the 2014, not a dedicated track animal that’s capable of showing taillights to the almighty Camaro ZL1.

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 - image: GM Corp

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 – image: GM Corp

The 2014 Camaro Z/28 comes packing a tuned 7.0-liter LS7 V-8, liberated from the Corvette Z06 and rated at “at least” 500 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. If you’re looking for floppy-paddle shifting, look elsewhere, since the Z/28 comes only with a six-speed manual transmission. Final gearing is 3.91:1, which Chevy calls ideally matched to the LS7’s power output.

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 - image: GM Corp

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 – image: GM Corp

The Z/28’s suspension has been tuned to deliver 1.05 g worth of cornering capability, thanks to adjustable spool-valve dampers, stiffer spring rates and suspension bushings and 19-inch wheels with 305/30ZR19 tires that shave 42-pounds of the weight of the 20-inch units used on the ZL1. If that’s not enough to blow your mind, consider this: the Z/28 also gets carbon ceramic brakes (which sounds like a great idea until you price replacement rotors).

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 - image: GM Corp

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 – image: GM Corp

Weight savings is the key to the Z/28s performance, so the car deletes the audio system, sound deadening, tire inflator kit and air conditioning (which can be added back in as a stand-alone option). Window glass is reduced thickness, and neither HID headlights nor foglamps are available. The Z/28 retains its back seat, but eliminates the trunk pass-through and uses lightweight high-density foam. The net result is that the Z/28 weighs some 300 pounds less than the ZL1.

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 - image: GM Corp

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 – image: GM Corp

Unlike Z/28s of the past, this version is more about going fast than looking cool. We suspect that many buyers will learn the hard way that driving a race car on the street isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, no matter how fast it is on the occasional track day. Still, color us impressed with the depth of Chevy’s performance Camaro range, and we certainly hope that Ford has a few tricks up its sleeve for 2015.







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