New Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R is the brand’s first turnkey GT4 racer

Article by Christian A., on March 16, 2017

The recently unveiled road-going Chevrolet Camaro – the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE track-capable sports car – is simply amazing in terms of performance. Already boasting an array of aerodynamic technologies, the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE is powered by the LT4 supercharged engine that could offer up to 650 hp of output as mated to a manual six-speed transmission.

But it seems General Motors isn’t finished yet with the Chevrolet Camaro. While we were getting amazed on how dynamically incredible the new Camaro car would be, GM jumped the gun and fired another surprise – a more powerful Camaro that is built to race on the track. GM is announcing the arrival of the new Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R and as its name indicates it is a racer with GT4 specifications.

The new Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R is actually the brand’s first turn-key racecar – a complete GT4 vehicle straight from the factory – built to comply with global sporting regulations. It is engineered by Pratt & Miller, the same outfit that built the Corvette C7.R and the Cadillac ATS-V.R. Chevrolet has also designated Pratt & Miller to be in charge of production of the new Camaro GT4.R.

This early, two teams have already chosen to field the Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R as their official racer. Blackdog Speedshop is fielding the Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R in the GTS class of the SCCA World Challenge while Stevenson Motorsports is deploying the race car in the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge.

Chevrolet is planning to commence sales of the Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R to customer privateer race teams around the world in 2018. As for now, Chevrolet is working to iron out the kinks and the bugs on the Camaro GT4.R. Once all is fine and ready, the Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R will be a turnkey racecar that won’t need the support of a team of mechanics and engineers. All that these teams have to do is drive the new Camaro GT4.R to a win.

Various tweaks and changes have been made to ensure that the road-going Camaro is primed to race on the tracks. For instance, the new Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R comes with a newly developed aerodynamic package that includes a massive rear wing, which is even larger than you can find on the road-going Camaro. Pushing the Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R to the limits is race-tuned variant of the naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 engine that is fitted inside the Camaro SS.

Its power is expected to be more than what the engine in the Camaro ZL1 1LE could produce (640 hp). The Camaro GT4.R also features an Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission and an Xtrac racing limited slip differential as well as a set of Öhlins coilovers for its suspension system and uprated Brembo brakes.

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