Chevrolet’s 2014 Camaro Z/28 has been put through the paces at the Nürburgring road course, with the model clocking in at a blistering four seconds faster than the Camaro ZL1, all the while beating out competitors’ vehicles including the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 and the Porsche 911 Carrera S. The fast lap time is despite being pitted against some unwelcomed acts of nature, including pouring rainfall towards the end of the run.
The 2014 Camaro Z/28 managed to finish its lapping in 7:37.40, giving it bragging rights over some high-end sports cars that have run the same course. The raining conditions was icing on the cake, so to speak, for the auto maker, with wet pavement slicing some seconds off the overall time, something that didn’t stop the Camaro from beating out several other vehicles.
We’ve got a video (below) for you of the Camaro in all its glory with our editor Vincent Nguyen, who attended the Camaro Z/28 Technical Backgrounder today. Chevrolet is attributing the speed improvements the Z/28 offers to three specific reasons, among them being the 1.08g cornering acceleration, increased grip that results from changes made to the chassis.
Beyond the increased grip, the Camaro also has better stopping power than before, with Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes offering 1.5g in deceleration power while maintaining a consistent braking feel after many laps. And rounding it all out is a reduced curb weight, with 300lbs having been shaved off the Z/28 over the Camaro ZL1 — thinner rear-window glass and lighter wheels helped on the scale.
Camaro’s Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser said, “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. Adam Dean, the development driver for Z/28, did a 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.”