88 2014 CHEVROLET RACING SPECIAL
When a road car is as potent as the Z/28, turning it into a racecar is no great leap.
STOCK MEANS STOCK
acecar designers can spend thousands
of hours perfecting every aspect of their
purebred creations, but what happens
when the rules call for head-to-head
racing between cars that stay true to
their assembly-line origins?
Forget the custom chassis, hot-rod engine
and high-downforce body. Instead, try a
genuine “race what you sell” grudge match
between the finest sports and muscle cars
America, Europe and Japan put in the
dealerships. Just dress them up with
numbers and graphics, add in the requisite
safety equipment, and wave the green flag.
Which sounds a lot like the IMSA
Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge...
Chevrolet’s newest weapon of choice
for the series, the Camaro Z/28, is a
perfect fit for the Grand Sport class, where
it climbs into the ring to slug it out with Ford
Mustangs, Aston Martin V12 Vantages,
Audi R8s, BMW M3s and Porsche 911s.
And with the most aggressive cocktail
of power and handling ever to grace a
Camaro, Detroit’s newest hot rod is up
for the international battle royal.
“The GS car is based on the 2014 Z/28
that’s coming out in March, and at its
heart, it’s going to run the same stock LS7
engine,” says Chevy’s Continental Tire
Series program manager, Lisa Talarico.
“That’s a very big feat for us because
we’re going to run all of the production
components in the engine, as well as the
production dry-sump system. There are
some cars that require specialty items to
race in this series, but we wanted the new
Z/28 racecar to be a true representation of
what’s for sale at a Chevrolet dealership.”
A new rule for 2014 allows teams to
install dedicated racing shocks that are
better able to tune the cars for the rigors of
competition, but the majority of the Z/28’s
mechanical underpinnings are stock.
“We’ll use the production suspension,
but with Penske dampers, because the
“We wanted the Z/28 racecar
to be a true representation
of what’s for sale at a
(ABOVE RIGHT) Lisa Talarico, program manager
for the new Camaro Z/28 racecar, oversees early
testing at Daytona International Speedway.