2014 CAmARO z/28
There’s nowhere to run, nowhere to hide
at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Set in the
heart of Germany’s Eifel mountains, where
the weather can change from sunshine to
pouring rain in a matter of seconds, the
undulating track’s 13 miles and 73 turns are
the ultimate test of any performance car.
Naturally, Chevrolet wanted to bring its
most track-capable Camaro, the new-for-
2014 Z/28, to the “Green Hell” as part of
its performance-validation regimen. And,
naturally, the Nürburgring delivered some
typically fickle weather to challenge the
Camaro as it was put through its paces.
That’s why it’s even more impressive that
the Z/28 set a best lap of 7m37.4s, a time
comparable with some of the world’s most
prestigious sports cars.
That lap is four seconds quicker than the
Camaro ZL1’s best lap at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, and beats published times for
the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 and
Porsche 911 Carrera S. But here’s the
kicker: the Z/28’s lap was completed in far
from ideal conditions, with damp pavement
and pouring rain near the end of the run.
“One of the challenges of testing at the
’Ring is that the track is so long that
conditions can change radically in a single
lap,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief
engineer. “Adam Dean, the development
driver for Z/28, did an heroic job driving
in deteriorating conditions. Based on
telemetry data from our test sessions, we
know the Z/28 can be as much as six
seconds faster on a dry track.”
The Z/28 team spent a week at the
Nürburgring, accumulating a total of
10hrs and 1,000 miles on track. Every lap
For the Camaro Z/28
(ABOVE), the “track
capable” tag was
earned by completing
a cumulative total of
24 hours of 10/10ths
laps at various tracks.
For Chevy performance cars, the “track capable” tag is earned, not given.
PROOF OF CONCEPT
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