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2014 Camaro Z28 Nails 7:38 At Nurburgring In Misty Weather

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If the new Stingray has really been to chassis and charm school for 2014, what about the equally-exciting 2014 Camaro Z28?

With tires from a steamroller and a soundtrack to match, the Camaro is faster than ever with its refreshed aerodynamics and electronics for 2014.

What Chevrolet shows in this high-resolution video is a single brave driver challenging the ultimate proving ground, the north circuit of the Nurburgring. For give the lack of ’umlat dots’ over the U - this is breaking news.

An insider tip gives TopSpeed the jump on this story, which is sure to be huge news.

Not sure what size shoes this driver wears, or how he became so brave on the dizzing array of corners, elevation changes, and ultimate blaring high-speed run down the back straight.

The headline is the time achieved by the Z28 in these damp conditions. A 7:37:47 is a major accomplishment for the Z28, easily lopping 30 seconds off what a similar SS could achieve before 2014.

Performance Traction Management brings part of the thrill under control, but the blaring soundtrack and high-definition timer visuals offer a Camaro like no other.

And none with absolutely super-car-fast lap times on the world’s hardest track. This video this a must-watch event, so put it on HD mode, and sit back for the thrill ride of a lifetime in the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28.

Updated 10/15/2013: This article has been updated with a mega photo gallery of the 2014 Z/28’s most recent adventure.

Camaro Z/28 Nurburgring 10/15/2013 - Photo Showcase

2014 Camaro Z28 Nails 7:38 At Nurburgring In Misty Weather

Camaro Z/28 Nurburgring 10/15/2013 - Exterior Photo Showcase

2014 Camaro Z28 Nails 7:38 At Nurburgring In Misty Weather

Camaro Z/28 Nurburgring 10/15/2013 - Exterior Photo Showcase

2014 Camaro Z28 Nails 7:38 At Nurburgring In Misty Weather

Camaro Z/28 Nurburgring 10/15/2013 - Exterior Photo Showcase

Camaro Z/28 Nurburgring 10/15/2013 - Exterior Photo Showcase

2014 Camaro Z28 Nails 7:38 At Nurburgring In Misty Weather

Camaro Z/28 Nurburgring 10/15/2013 - Exterior Photo Showcase

2014 Camaro Z28 Nails 7:38 At Nurburgring In Misty Weather

Camaro Z/28 Nurburgring 10/15/2013 - Exterior Photo Showcase

2014 Camaro Z28 Nails 7:38 At Nurburgring In Misty Weather

Camaro Z/28 Nurburgring 10/15/2013 - Engine Photo Showcase

2014 Camaro Z28 Nails 7:38 At Nurburgring In Misty Weather

Conclusion

For the full performance specs of this Porsche-baiting muscle-car, slam it over to the full Z28 review here.

Time to beg, steal or borrow your way into a 2014 Camaro Z/28

Press Release

Track-capable Camaro Z/28 Validated at Nürburgring 2013-10-15

2014 Camaro Z28 Nails 7:38 At Nurburgring In Misty Weather
  • Z/28 undergoes 10 hours or 1,000 miles of testing at Nordschleife
  • Fastest lap completed in 7:37.40 in rainy conditions

DETROIT – Chevrolet today revealed a video of the all-new, 2014 Camaro Z/28 lapping Germany’s challenging Nürburgring road course in 7:37.40, a time comparable with some of the world’s most prestigious sports cars.

The Z/28’s lap is four seconds faster than the Camaro ZL1, and beats published times for the Porsche 911 Carrera S and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640. The Z/28’s lap was completed on less-than-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 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."

In terms of lap times, the Z/28’s improved speed came from three areas:

  • Increased grip: The Z/28 is capable of 1.08 g in cornering acceleration, due to comprehensive chassis revisions
  • Increased stopping power: The Z/28 features Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes capable of 1.5 g in deceleration, and consistent brake feel lap after lap
  • Reduced curb weight: The naturally aspirated Z/28 weighs 300 pounds less than the supercharged Camaro ZL1, with changes ranging from lightweight wheels to thinner rear-window glass.
2014 Camaro Z28 Nails 7:38 At Nurburgring In Misty Weather

The heart of the Z/28 is the 7.0L LS7 engine. The LS7 uses lightweight, racing-proven, high-performance components, such as titanium intake valves and connecting rods, CNC-ported aluminum cylinder heads and a forged-steel crankshaft to help produce an SAE-certified 505 horsepower (376 kW) and 481 lb-ft of torque (652 Nm). Air-conditioning is available, but only as an option.

A close-ratio six-speed manual transmission is the only transmission offered and power is distributed to the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential featuring a helical gear set, rather than traditional clutch packs. The new design enables the driver to apply more power and get through corners faster, by making the most of the capability of individual-wheel antilock brake function during corner entry braking, mid-corner speed and corner-exit traction.

The team spent a week at the Nürburgring as part of the Z/28’s performance-validation regimen, accumulating a total of 10 hours and nearly 1,000 miles on the track. Each lap took less than eight minutes to complete, despite having to overtake slower traffic at times. These hours are part of the grueling 24-Hour Test, which simulates a full year’s worth of track use of track days or amateur-level competition at the hands of an owner.

“Passing the 24-Hour Test is a requirement for all cars we call ’track capable,’” said Wayne McConnell, director of global vehicle performance. "The test pushes the car at 10/10ths on the track for a total of 24 hours. During the test the only mechanical changes allowed are replacing the brakes and tires.”

The 24-Hour Test is broken into a number of segments over the course of several days – and even at different tracks – to evaluate performance in precisely measured and carefully monitored increments. Crucially, each valid test lap must be run within 2 percent of a target lap speed to count toward the 24-hour total.

The 24-Hour Test was first used in the early 1990s for the fourth-generation Corvette. Back then, the 300-horsepower Corvette was Chevrolet’s most powerful vehicle, and the 24-Hour Test measured 15 channels of data. Today, the 2014 Camaro LS offers a 323-horsepower V-6, while the Camaro Z/28’s racing-proven LS7 7.0L small-block V-8 delivers 505 horsepower, and the 24-Hour Test measures 130 channels of data.

“Our cars’ performance and capability have advanced tremendously in the past 20 years, which required us to continually improve the parameters of the 24-Hour Test," said McConnell.

"Today’s test pushes the car harder than the vast majority of customers ever will. As a result, when we call a car ‘track capable’ we are confident that it will perform reliably and consistently for our customers.”

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