Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 prepares to return to its racing roots and as a result, this week the all-new Camaro Z/28.R race car will make its debut in a 2.5-hour endurance race ahead of the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona. Stevenson Motorsports and CKS Autosport will enter the GS class of the IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge with their Z/28.R race cars.
According to General Motors, the new car was developed alongside its production counterpart a.k.a. the 2014 Camaro Z/28. The Camaro Z/28 shares the same downforce-generating aero package as the production model, consisting of a front splotter, rear spoiler with wickerbill, hood extractor vent, rockers, wheel-house extensions and front tire deflectors and belly pan.
Under the hood, there is the same LS7 7.0-liter V8 engine found on the production version. Moreover, the Z/28.R employs the unique, helical-gear limited-slip rear differential found on the production model
“The original Camaro Z/28 was designed for racing and became an iconic performance car through its hard-fought victories,” said Mark Kent, director of racing for Chevrolet. “A new chapter in racing begins this week, as the new Camaro Z/28 makes its competition debut in one of the most hotly contested series in motorsports.”
“The new Camaro Z/28.R is a significant advancement from the GS.R that won multiple races in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge the last three years,” said Lisa Talarico, Chevrolet program manager for the Continental Tire series. “We expect the new engine package, suspension components and aerodynamic improvements to help our teams to further successes in the 2014 GS class. The GS class is full of great competitors, and we believe the performance level of the new Z/28.R will provide us the opportunity to contend for a championship.” [source: GM]