Z/28: BORN FOR THE RACE TRACK
production dampers aren’t adjustable and
adjustable dampers are pretty important
for the race track,” says Talarico. “We’re
also using the production helical Torsen
differential. We’ll fit a different final drive
because of the range of tracks we race on,
but the actual differential components are
the same, outside of the ring and pinion.”
Modest changes to some of the
bodywork have been made, but these are
subtle and of the “because we can” variety.
“The exterior is all production Z/28
bodyshape,” says Talarico. “We’re going to
have a carbon fiber hood and decklid, but
in the production style. The production
panels are aluminum, so it’s already
pretty light, but we have the opportunity
to take it just that little bit further on the
hood and decklid for performance.
“It has a production splitter on the front,
which is pretty aggressive, and a bigger
rear spoiler. The production Z/28 actually
makes downforce, which the previous
Camaros didn’t, so that’s a big jump for us.”
With just a few changes here, a few
small tweaks there, it seems the
Camaro Z/28 was born to race in the
Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
The potent starting point for the Camaro
Z/28 racecar is the Z/28 production car.
As chief engineer Al Oppenheiser notes
of a car capable of cornering at 1.05G,
it has been conceived with one purpose.
“The Z/28 will be too track-focused for
most drivers,” he says, “but provides
road racers one of the most capable
track cars ever offered by an automaker.”