Chevrolet Reveals Camaro Z/28’s "Flying" Mode
The day has finally come when Chevrolet is building flying cars. Maybe not quite like George Jetson’s ride, but at least in our eyes, it’s far more exciting. Engineers developing the 2014 Camaro Z/28 programmed in a “flying car” mode into the car’s Performance Traction Management system to compensate for the sudden loss of traction if the car goes airborne over a cresting hill like those found along the 12.9 miles of undulating tarmac at the infamous Nürburgring.
Rather than letting the PTM cut torque to the rear wheels due to a decrease in traction like it normally would, the Z/28’s driver can engage “fly car logic.” The system works by using the ride-height sensors to detect when the suspension is fully decompressed and the tires are no longer in contact with the pavement. When that scenario occurs, the PTM is temporarily disengaged allowing full torque to continue to the wheels. Milliseconds after landing, the system returns to normal and continues to manage the 7.0-liter V-8’s 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque.
Chevy says “flying car logic” gives the Z/28 up to a five-second advantage on the car’s overall lap time around the ‘Ring, which is currently recorded at 7 minutes, 37 seconds.
“Flying car logic” is available in all five PTM modes, but is said to be most effective in Mode 5, the most hard-core track setting. Even without GM’s Magnetic Ride Control, the Z/28 easily outruns the Porsche 911 Carrera S and Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 around the Nürburgring. It also outguns its Camaro ZL1 cousin by a four-second margin.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.
Chevrolet’s Camaro Z/28 is the brand’s all-purpose track star. It’s reworked and massaged to squeeze every possible second off lap times around a racetrack. Its naturally-aspirated 7.0-liter V-8 kicks out 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque through a Tremec TR6060 six-speed, close-ratio manual transmission. A limited-slip differential with a helical gear set puts that power to the ground through massive 305/30ZR19 Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires.
Large, 15.5-inch Carbon Ceramic Matrix rotors and six-piston calipers up front and 15.3-inch rotors with four piston calipers out back scrub off speed. The Brembo brakes also shave an amazing 28 pounds off the car’s weight. Also cutting weight is a thinner rear window and rear seatback, among other things, to save a total of 300 pounds over the Camaro ZL1.
The Z/28 will go on sale this spring with a starting price of $75,000. Tack on another $995 for the destination charge and yet another $1,150 if you’d like the optional air conditioner and six-speaker stereo.