With all of the hype about the new Z06 and C7.R race car for the past couple of weeks, the Camaro may have been put on the backburner for a little while, but it’s going to make sure the world hears it roar this weekend at the IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge – a precursor to the 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The Z/28.R is the all-new Camaro race car which will be debuting in the 2.5-hour endurance race, and is expected to perform well as one of the most production-based competitors on the track. Aerodynamics, including the front splitter, rear spoiler with wickerbill, hood extractor vent, rockers, wheelhouse extensions, front tire deflectors, and belly pan are all borrowed from the production Z/28. The engine, an LS7 7.0L V-8, and helical-gear limited-slip rear differential of the Z/28.R have also been adopted from its “little” brother – the 2014 Camaro Z/28.
“Apart from series-mandated equipment and the specialized suspension components needed for endurance racing, the Z/28.R is as close to a production-spec race car as you’ll find,” said Mark Kent, director of racing for Chevrolet.
Stevenson Motorsports and CKS Autosport will both be at the IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge campaigning Z/28.R race cars in the GS class. The race is scheduled for this Friday, January 24th, at 1:45 p.m. and is the first of twelve races for the 2014 season.
“The original Camaro Z/28 was designed for racing and became an iconic performance car through its hard-fought victories. 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,” said Kent.
The Z/28’s legacy dates back to its original 1967 introduction. It had been developed for the Trans-Am series. From 2011 to 2013, the Camaro GS.R won six races in the Continental SportsCar Series Grand Sport class, allowing Chevrolet to take home a runner-up finish in the GS championship this past season.
“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.”
Look for the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 at your local dealership this spring.