The drama continues to unfold since Chevy released an outstanding high-def video of its new 2014 Camaro Z/28 hitting ridiculous speeds and lap times on the Nurburgring earlier this week.
48 hours ago, as the Youtube link of the video hit the TopSpeed newsdesk: the Z/28 track video views count stood at 111. Total.
After making waves for the last few days, the video has crested 330,000 views and is climbing fast. Why is this eight minutes of Point-of-View racing footage such an event? There are a few reasons, visible in the video itself from about 5:00 onward, when the rain starts coming down hard just as the Z/28 is on the back straight-aways. The driver briefly touches 161 mph after a lap that would sap the arm strength of pop-eye himself.
This is not a driving sim. This is not a digitally remastered classic. This is news, happening with the same leafy trees turning fall colors in Germany as in America and the rest of the world.
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The Z/28 has more uphill battles to climb when carving out a sales niche for itself in the Camaro lineup. As an all-new model for 2015, the intimidating badge can now finally back up its bar-room swagger out on the roads.
But who was this brave ace of a racing driver behind the wheel of the eardrum-shattering supercar? Initial ideas about who hangs out at the ’Ring led us to the Queen: Ms. Sabine Schmitz and her expertise on this track on everything from a bike to a semi truck. If there is one driver who knows this course and its many, mnay variables in traction: it is Sabine.
But the world is filled with many other superhero drivers. TopSpeed has a strong hunch that the white helmet behind the wheel of the Z/28 was not Sabine, but rather… another household name.
Some say… to click past the jump for the full TopSpeed "Wanted" Dossier on the 2014 Camaro Z/28’s Nurburgring driver.
Name That Face: Camaro Z/28 Nurburgring Driver At Large (Wanted: Dead or Alive)
The evidence is very slim, so we are relying on the faithful viewers like you to help us unravel this mystery.
With the helmet shade down and the cabin dark in almost every official image from the Z/28’s lap record, identifying the individual in the driver’s seat is almost a needle in a haystack.
But after performing some CSI-style photoshop enhancements of each image, two eyeballs focused like a firey passion are visible in one of the images.
2014 Camaro Z/28 - Nurburgring Lap Time In Misty Weather
Full news piece and all images over here.
2014 Camaro Z/28 Engine Detail - Note: Cone Filter and Cold Air Intake
Ben Collins is a prime suspect at the moment, but the true identity of this driver remains a mystery.
If you, or anyone you know, has clues about who was able to set a 7.37 minute lap time of the Nurburgring in a Camaro Z/28, call the 888 number on your screen now.
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