Chevrolet has released numerous teaser images of the upcoming 2016 Chevrolet Camaro ahead of its big debut, but the latest set of images is our clearest look yet at the sixth-gen Camaro’s body. Although these new teasers only show the Camaro’s heavily shadowed profile and part of its front fascia, Chevrolet has revealed a little of the wind-tunnel magic that shaped new Camaro design.

To get the new Camaro just right, Chevrolet engineers spent 350 hours tweaking the car’s aerodynamics right down to fine details. According to Chevy, this includes adjusting the angle of the grille slats to improve air flow to the engine for better cooling. Also, instead of a front air dam, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro has a flush-mounted front belly pan and small air spats (common on higher-end performance cars like the Audi R8 GT and Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series), which help reduce lift at the front end by 30 percent. Chevrolet suggests that the Camaro SS will get special aero tuning to further reduce rear lift, and the might be visible in these pictures by the obvious decklid spoiler.

As far as the design goes, the teasers don’t reveal anything we didn’t already know. The styling of the 2016 Camaro won’t be a clean-slate redesign, as the basic body shell – especially what is shown in these pictures – is very similar to the current design. The roof appears to be slightly more rounded, there’s a shorter rear decklid and a different shape (and possibly smaller size) to the side quarter windows.

Want to see more? Check back on May 16 as the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will be revealed as a lead-up to the Chevrolet-sponsored Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, which runs May 29-31.

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Why it matters

Optimizing aerodynamics will not only give the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro improved performance on the track, it will also equate to better fuel economy on the street. And when it comes down to it, as hot as the horsepower wars are getting these days, automakers also have to worry about meeting the strict federal fuel economy standards that are coming up.

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After 350 hours of wind tunnel testing – often 24 hours a day – the new Camaro will slip more easily through the wind, and drivers of the Camaro SS will experience a marked improvement in reduced aerodynamic lift.

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These changes illustrate the lengths the aerodynamics team went to for improved performance, stability, cooling and lower wind noise intrusion

“The importance of aerodynamics increases exponentially as we increase vehicle performance,” said Kirk Bennion, Exterior Design manager. “As engine output increases, we need more engine cooling. As acceleration and top speeds climb, we need to reduce lift for better high-speed stability. However, we cannot make any changes at the expense of increasing drag, which can hurt fuel economy.

“To balance these different aerodynamic targets, we tested literally hundreds of changes on the new Camaro, millimeters at a time.”

For example, the initial design called for the lower grille bars to be set at a 20-degree angle to the horizon. However, after meticulous testing, the team improved engine-cooling airflow by 1 percent by shifting the angle to 13 degrees – a change that achieved the airflow target while maintaining the original grille design.

And rather than a traditional front air dam to reduce aerodynamic lift, the team developed a flush belly pan that stretches from the front grille to the center of the vehicle. Paired with small “spats” forward of the front tires, the smooth underbody helps reduce total lift by 30 percent – while also reducing aerodynamic drag.

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Chevrolet will introduce the all-new, 2016 Camaro on Saturday, May 16, during a special public event at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park.

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