2017 Chevrolet ZR2 Race Development Truck
Chevy brought two custom Colorado ZR2 pickups to SEMA this year with some heavy modifications that make them even better off-road. One was built in collaboration with American Expedition Vehicles and meant for over-landing while this, the Colorado ZR2 Race Development Truck, is built for high-speed desert running. In fact, many of the upgrades on this truck were first tested on Chad Hall’s Colorado ZR2, which ran in the “Best In The Desert” race series.
The list of modifications isn’t overly extensive, showing just how capable the Colorado ZR2 is from the factory. The truck’s crown jewel is its DSSV spool valve shock absorbers from Multimatic. DSSV shocks were developed for supercars and F1 race teams, so its adoption for an off-roader was unconventional. The factory truck also has better ground clearance than a regular Colorado, along with bespoke bodywork that improved approach and departure angles. Adding to its capability are front and rear electronic differential lockers – something not found on any other Colorado. Still, Chevy improved on the ZR2’s design for hard-core racing.
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2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car
Unveiled in late 2015, the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro brought many improvements to GM’s iconic muscle car. The design is fresh, yet still retains the classic Camaro cues, while the architecture is significantly lighter, which basically turns the muscle car into a full-fledged sports coupe. The revised interior, the more powerful V-6 and V-8 engines and the brand-new, turbocharged four-cylinder also helped bring the Camaro into the 21st century. As usual, the standard model serves as a base for a range of performance-oriented versions such as the supercharged ZL1, the track-ready Z/28, and the tire-burning COPO.
Although not exactly related to the street-legal Camaro in terms of platform, drivetrain, and technology, the sixth-gen coupe also served as inspiration for a new Funny Car. Created for the 2016 National Hot Rod Association racing season, the new Camaro SS Funny Car was just unveiled by Chevrolet and 16-time NHRA champion John Force ahead of the Kansas Nationals in Topeka on May 21st and 22nd.
Force’s new Funny Car body is the first based on the sixth-generation Camaro SS and features new aerodynamic elements, as well as a more powerful supercharged engine. The body is also lighter, which in conjunction with the revised drivetrains, will result in quicker quarter-mile sprints.
“I started my career in a Chevrolet and I couldn’t be more excited to put this new Camaro SS Funny Car on the track,” said John Force. “With all the assistance from Chevrolet, it not only looks great, it’s designed to perform better than anything we’ve had before, with a shape that should help us get down the track quicker and with greater stability.”
The Camaro SS Funny Car joins the 2016 NHRA in the Pro class and is the second Camaro-based model to race in this year’s season. The first one is the COPO Camaro, which competes in the Sportsman class and was introduced by Courtney Force, one of John’s daughters and also a drag racer, at the 2015 SEMA Show. Unlike the SS Funny Car, the COPO shares actual body panels and chassis components with the standard Camaro SS.
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A bucket of firsts, twice-around-the-clock excitement in three of the four classes and some breakthrough performances are what have already transformed this year’s Rolex Daytona 24hrs into a classic and the perfect way to remember that, precisely half a century ago, Daytona hosted its first 24-hour race.
It was no coincidence, then, that Ford decided to bring their new GT racing car to Daytona for its international debut, although few expected the going to be as rough as it proved to be for the two Ganassi-run GT-LM entries. At the complete other end of the spectrum, with a clean and trouble-free race, Scott Sharp’s Extreme Speed Motorsport has scored a historical first win for an LMP2 car at Daytona – the first win for an ACO prototype since 2002.
It’s also the Ligier’s most important international victory and, arguably, the biggest win in the team’s six-year history. And, all of it would not have been possible without the massive aid of Pipo Derani – the young Brazilian hot-shoe that proved instrumental in the Patron-liveried car crossing the line in P1.
While the Le Mans Prototype Challenge (LMPC) cars were marred by issues across the board, the most important thing that needs to be put into perspective is the lack of overall pace displayed by these aging cars. The mere fact that the class winner was 20 laps behind the GT-LM Corvettes is one thing, but the fact that the ORECAs were also the slowest of all 54 starters is just as worrying.
Then there’s the GT-Daytona category that’s embraced the GT3 platform for 2016, and the 22-car strong grid proves IMSA right in its choice. Indeed, some pointed a finger toward Lamborghini’s massive top-end speed that is rumored to have been quicker than even the GT-LM cars but, at the end of the day, the Top 7 was comprised of seven different manufacturers. And, at least half of those could have won, given how tight it was at the end.
In a day and age where reliability is part of the status quo, to see two Corvettes battling it out for supremacy bumper-to-bumper after 24 hours of racing may not be that surprising. The fact that veterans Antonio Garcia and Oliver Gavin were given the green light to goose it out like they did is. Porsche was in close vicinity but the woes that sent out car #911 meant that only #912 was left standing and it was no match at the end for the two C7-Rs. Of the 100% brand-new cars, the Corvettes and Porsches being were new iterations based upon older designs, the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 came home fourth and BMW’s IMSA-only M6 GTLM scored fifth.
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Toyo Tires and Desert Trophy Truck Champ BJ Baldwin have teamed up yet again for the third installment of Recoil. If you’re not familiar with the videos, take a look at part 1 and part 2, but not before hanging your head in shame. Each video outdoes the last one with high-flying jumps, a crazy hooning, and some type of furry, yet menacing woodland creature. (You should have been keeping up all along.)
Anyway, Recoil 3: Sasquatch Hunter showcases Baldwin’s hand-built, 800-horsepower, Baja race ready Chevrolet truck in all the right ways. Its massive coil-over shocks and robust suspension system allow the truck to jump over intense obstacles and land without breaking a bolt – time and time again. The outrageous amount of horsepower spewing from the V-8 allows for smoky burnouts, no matter the speed. The slow-motion footage shows just how much abuse the truck can handle.
But who’s BJ Baldwin, you ask? He’s the back-to-back winner of the Desert Trophy Truck Championship in 2010 and 2011, the winner of SCORE-international Trophy Truck competition in 2006 and 2008, and has more than 18 years of racing experience behind his name.
Though Baldwin has a serious racing career, these videos are all about having fun. And if the impressive jumps aren’t enough to impress you, the truck’s ability drift sideways without flipping over or blowing a tire will. Much of that credit can be given to the truck’s wide stance and the beadlock wheels holding the Toyo tires in place.
It’s been about two years since Chevrolet launched the seventh-generation Corvette and Callaway announced a GT3 racing program for the sports car. At last, the brand’s German-based motorsport division has finally introduced its track-only Vette. Dubbed the Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R, the new race car made its official debut at the Hockenheimring track in Germany as a successor to the Corvette C6-based Callaway Z06.R GT3.
Set to hit the track in official racing events in 2016, the GT3.R was built to meet all FIA rules and regulations, meaning it is eligible for the GTLM class of the United SportsCar Championship, the Blancpain Endurance Series, as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
"We wanted to set another milestone in our company’s history with our new design, developing and constructing a future-proof vehicle that will be produced from 2016 and used for many years to come," said Ernst Wöhr and Giovanni Ciccone, managing partners of Callaway Competition. "As a small, privately owned team, we knew from the outset that approaching a project of this magnitude would be very daring. Therefore, first and foremost, we have to thank our employees and partners who have made it possible to finally set the C7 GT3-R on its wheels,"
The first C7 GT3-R to be campaigned by Callaway Competition’s in-house race team will be sponsored by Whelen Engineering of Connecticut.
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The Race of Gentlemen might not be a racing event you’ve heard about given its young age, but it certainly doesn’t lack history. Taking place on the sands of Wildwood, New Jersey, folks come from across the country to compete in a drag race in custom-built racecars and motorcycles that date back to the first half of the 20th century.
Established in 2012 by the Oilers Car Club – a group steeped in just as much history – the race features cars no newer than 1935 and motorcycles no newer than 1948. Even the parts allowed on competing cars are capped at 1953, giving the growing event a very eclectic and period-correct feel. Think of it like a modern day version of a Bonneville Salt Flat race.
Despite the modern times, no woman has ever competed in a TROG race – until now. Set to race in this October is gearhead Jessi Combs. Her records speak volumes about her mindset and passion in the automotive world. She’s the fastest woman recorded on four wheels, accomplished TV show host, and graduate of WyoTech’s collision and Refinishing Core Program. Jessi will lead an all-women’s team sponsored by Craftsman at this year’s TROG. Their vehicle of choice is a Ford Model T that takes inspiration from the famed Ford 999 racer.
Best of all, Craftsman giving away two tickets for TROG, including travel and accommodations, for this year’s event taking place October 2-4, 2015. The winner and his friend will get a ride in the Craftsman racer, along with time in the pits with Jessi and the Craftsman Crew, including dinner and a professional photo for posterity. In order to win, you’ve got to join the Craftsman Club (here) where members can enter daily to win (here).
The second day of qualifying for the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans brought sad news for Corvette fans, as the No. 63 car was withdrawn from the race following a crash at the Porsche Curves. As Jan Magnussen was trying to improve its qualifying time, a mechanical issue sent his C7.R into the wall, which resulted in damage to both the front and rear of the race car. Corvette Racing found that the car was damaged "beyond immediate repair" and decided to pull it from this weekend’s race.
Fortunately enough, Magnussen escaped unscathed from the impact. Although he had to be helped out of the car and sent to Le Mans’ medical center, the Danish driver was released after a series of standard tests.
“We are thankful that Jan has been checked and released by the ACO medical staff. We are disappointed that the No. 63 Corvette C7.R will be unable to compete at Le Mans this year. The Corvette Racing team put a lot of work into preparing two C7.Rs for this event, and unfortunately only one will be in the race,” said Mark Kent, Director of Chevrolet Racing.
This is the first time Corvette Racing has had to pull an entry at Le Mans.
Based on its results by the time of the crash, the No. 63 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R would have started the race in 40th position overall and sixth in the LM GTE Pro class.
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NASCAR is one of those uniquely American things, much like baseball, Mount Rushmore, and Chuck Norris. Oh, and corn whiskey, also known as moonshine, white lightning, and mountain dew. That’s where the popular motorsport got its start at least; rum runners evading the lawman in souped-up cars barreling down back roads like the Duke Boys. It was all in an effort to make a living off selling illegally brewed alcohol without paying taxes on it.
Over the years the illicit practice of rum running morphed into what is now the National Association of Stock Car Racing, attracting fans the world over to its high speeds and memorable drivers.
Earlier this NASCAR season, I had the chance at a behind-the-scenes look into the cars, pit crews, and drivers – all off the track but still turning wrenches and dressed in Nomex. Except for Aric Almirola, driver of the 43 car, I actually drove him around the track in the back of a Toyota Tundra. But those details are down below.
It is said that with the right engineering and work, any vehicle can go fast. That’s largely true for cars, but can it be applied to a pickup truck? According to DRIVE’s latest "Big Muscle" episode, there’s at least one truck that is as fast and nimble as car on the race track. The hauler in question is a heavily modified 1969 Chevrolet C10 built by Bob Philips for his wife Brandy. Yup, Brandy is a race car driver and she previously did laps on race tracks across the U.S. in a second-generation Camaro.
The 2015 IndyCar season is set to commence on March 29th with an array of driver, schedule, and rules changes, but that’s not unusual, as driver swaps and new regulations occur with each championship. However, 2015 marks the beginning of a new era for the IndyCar Series, in which manufacturers provide their customer teams with complete aerodynamic packages in addition to engines. In short, IndyCar allowed both Chevrolet and Honda to create their very own aero kits to replace the Dallara’s standard DW12 package used in 2014. Chevrolet is the first of the two to unveil its shell and introduce us to IndyCar’s new aerodynamics.
The new bodywork is significantly different than Dallara’s, and, in some aspects, it resembles the current Formula One designs. Chevy’s new aero kit will be used by six out of 12 teams throughout the 2015, including CFH Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, KV Racing Technology, Lazier Parners Racing and Team Penske. In all, 15 cars will race their way to victory using Chevrolet bodies and engines this season. And given Chevy starts the season as the defending champion, the drivers are expecting to receive the best packages.
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The best commercial in this year’s Super Bowl won’t even take place during the game, but don’t worry, it will most certainly have cars. NBC Sports has released its advertisement ushering in the 2015 NASCAR season, and it does so with the unwavering Americanism of Nick Offerman – meat connoisseur, wood craftsman extraordinaire and Ron Swanson.
In “America, It’s Time For A Gut Check,” Offerman brings his usual comedy and machismo with one-liners like “Sure everybody at NASCAR gets a trophy/As long as they win the f***ing race” and “Where men and women compete together/Just like they did back in the 18-nevers.” AdWeek says that a 60-second version of the commercial will air immediately after the game, but you can see the full-length version right now. Trust me, it will be the best two minutes you’ll spend today, and you don’t have to be a NASCAR fan to get a kick out of it.
The true point of the ad, of course, is as a promotion for NBC Sports, which picks up coverage of the 2015 season starting on July 5.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.
The Rainbow Warriors will be looking for another pot of gold in 2016 following Jeff Gordon’s announcement yesterday that he will step away from full-time driving after the 2015 season. After 23 years of racing at the top level of NASCAR, Gordon, 43, plans to hand over the reins of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports race car.
Despite stepping out of the No. 24 Chevrolet, it doesn’t sound like Gordon is really ready to hang up his helmet and walk away from the sport altogether.
“I won’t use the ‘R-word’ [retire] because I plan to stay extremely busy in the years ahead, and there’s always the possibility I’ll compete in selected events, although I currently have no plans to do that,” Gordon said in a press release.
Gordon, 43, is by far one of the most dominant NASCAR drivers since his debut in 1992, and even though it’s been 14 years since his last championship, he and the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team are consistently contenders to win races and championships.
NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France responded to the news by saying: “Jeff Gordon transcends NASCAR and will be celebrated as one of the greatest drivers to ever race. On behalf of the entire NASCAR family, I thank Jeff for his years of dedication and genuine love for this sport, and wish him the very best in his final season.”
As for who will be replacing Gordon, Hendrick Motorsports isn’t making any announcements just yet.
Click past the jump to read more about Jeff Gordon’s NASCAR racing career.
We love the 2015 Corvette. It’s a V-8-powered rocket ship, a rear-wheel-drive internal-combustion serenade, and a street-legal racecar all bundled up in one tidy star-spangled package. For the money, not much can touch it on the track. And that’s exactly what makes it the perfect inspiration to step into the realm of race-only prototypes.
The destroyer-of-asphalt that sits before you is the Corvette Daytona Prototype. It competes in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship (TUSCC), a new racing series that’s the result of last year’s merger between the American Le Mans Series and the Rolex Sports Car Series. 2014 was the inaugural season for the TUSCC, with the Corvette coming out on top in both the team championship and manufacturer’s championship. Riding the momentum of a victorious season, this bowtie bruiser just got a refreshed set of bodywork that imitates the swept back, brawny lines of the C7 Stingray. We’ll see all that new composite aero go to work soon as preparations and testing get under way for the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January 2015.
Chevrolet has a long history of sports car and prototype racing when it comes to its halo vehicle. With the new TUSCC series, it appears to be continuing that tradition in triumphant fashion. Can the Corvette hang on to the championship title? We’ll see as we move into 2015. For now, we’re content to give this prototype the nod as one of the sexiest race cars to hit an apex.
Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype By IMSA.
Chevrolet has spent a lot of time raising awareness and money to fight breast cancer over the last couple of years. The company is stepping up its efforts in October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with a special NASCAR Pace Car, as well as a series of donations and events.
The car in question is a specially themed pink Chevrolet SS that will be pacing caution laps at two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races during October, including the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway and Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Both events are part of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The third race included in the program already took place last August in Atlanta. Chevrolet will be donating $250 for each caution lap the pink SS leads in addition to sponsoring at-track survivor events and pace car rides.
What’s more, Chevrolet will donate $10 for every customer who test drives a Chevy at a dealership this month, hoping to help the American Cancer Society raise more than the $1.1 million for the ACS’ Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks and other activities. The funds raised will help the ACS pay for ongoing research, wellness and breast cancer awareness education, as well as support for breast cancer patients and their families.
We understand a pink SS might not tickle your fancy, but don’t forget that taking any Chevrolet out for a test drive will also raise money. Go hoon a 2015 Corvette Stingray for a good cause.
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The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is undoubtedly an awesome track-prepped machine, the ultimate fifth-generation Camaro if you will. But to my eyes, the 2014 model is no match to the original Z/28, especially if we’re talking about a Trans Am-spec race car.
Chevy introduced the Z/28 option for the 1967 model year, promoting it as a "virtually race-ready" Camaro available at any U.S. dealer. Fitted with a 4.9-liter, small-block V-8 specifically designed to race in the Trans Am series, the Z/28 became a huge success by 1969, when it accounted for nearly 22 percent of total Camaro production of the year.
The Z/28 was off to a slow start in Trans Am, losing the 1967 championship to Ford and Mercury. However, the bowtie-badged muscle car went on to dominate the competition in both 1968 and 1969 with Mark Donohue behind the wheel. In two years, the Camaro Z/28 won 21 of 25 events, crushing Detroit rivals from Ford and its Mustang. The streak ended once the second-gen Camaro was introduced in 1970 and it took Chevy five more years to win another championship, this time with the Corvette.
Although the Camaro returned to the spotlight with seven Trans Am titles in the 1980s and 1990s, none of these vehicles managed to reach the fame of the first-gen Z/28s. Not at all surprising considering the stardom the first-gen Camaro so rightfully enjoys. There’s more than that, of course. The looks, the sound, and all the amazing things surrounding late 1960s racing. Most of us aren’t lucky enough to climb into one of those Trans Am beasts, but Motor Trend’s Jess Lang managed to hoon a 1969 Camaro Z/28 around the Laguna Seca. Hit the play button to find out why the first-gen Z/28 is one of the most enticing muscle cars ever built.
There aren’t a lot of things about this industry that can drive us to tears, but we there will be at least some flowing down when we see former Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt get behind the wheel of a specially prepared Chevrolet Corvette Stingray at the Indy 500. If you don’t know, Schmidt was paralyzed in a racing accident 15 years ago. But thanks to the SAM (semi-autonomous motorcar) Project, Schmidt will once again find himself doing what he used to do best.
The SAM Project is a collaborative venture to use technology to get disabled drivers driving again and at the Indy 500, the group plans to unveil a specially designed Corvette Stingray race car that has been customized to include integrated advanced electronics and a human-to-machine interface, allowing the driver to essentially drive the car through head movement and brake by biting down on a pressure sensor.
It’s an incredible setup that will be shown in full focus once Sam Schmidt gets inside the car. The paralyzed driver will be wearing a unique hat that’s been dotted with reflective infrared markers, allowing Schmidt to steer the car using his head alone, tilting left or right to steer and backward to accelerate. The Corvette will come with a series of infrared cameras that will capture Schmidt’s head movements. From there, a CPU translates these movements and turns them into commands, relaying the information to actuators found on the Corvette’s steering wheel, accelerator, and brakes.
Incredibly, the car is safe to drive around the race track, an incredible feat that came from a collaboration of a number of tech companies, including Arrow, a supplier of industrial electronics components, Ball Aerospace & Technologies, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the non-profit Falci Adaptive Motorsports.
For all of the incredible work put in by these companies to develop this equally amazing Corvette, the attention will deservedly belong to Sam Schmidt. It’s been 14 years since that horrific crash Florida’s Walt Disney World Speedway that resulted in him being paralyzed so it’s absolutely amazing that he’s in this position now where he can, at least for one day, find comfort in his racing element.
He’s only driving four laps at the Indy 500 festivities, but make no mistake, it’s going to be the most emotional four laps the Brickyard has had in recent memory.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray.
When the checkered flag finally fell at the 2014 Daytona 500 late Sunday night, it was over Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Chevrolet SS-inspired Sprint Cup race car. Earnhardt’s win came after a long day of racing and waiting with several multi-car pile-ups and an excruciating six hour rain delay.
While Earnhardt’s Chevy SS took much of the spotlight, it wasn’t the only SS circling the steep banks at the Great American Race; not considering the other tube-frame SS-look-a-likes trailing behind Jr.’s number 88 car. Pacing the race was the real deal, a 2014 Chevrolet SS modified only with safety strobe lights and Daytona 500 decals.
The SS is powered by GM’s 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 making 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of rear-wheel-spinning torque. A six-speed automatic with paddle shifters sends power to the rear differential sporting a 3.27:1 final drive ratio. Unfortunately, this four-door Camaro isn’t offered with a clutch pedal, but the automatic does allow for fairly quick shifts.
Inside the SS is a cabin showcasing GM’s new-found efforts in interior quality with materials and fit and finish on par with offerings from Cadillac and Buick. Heavily bolstered leather seats, a leather-covered steering wheel, and suede-like material give the car an upscale feel while buttons and controls have a weighted, rich feel to them.
For pacing duties, the SS is fitted with an aerodynamic light bar up top and strobes in the head and taillights. Daytona 500 decals and stripes are stuck to the SS’ Red Hot 2 paint color. Lower profile tires and optional chrome wheels further separate the car from regular production units.
Updated 07/18/2014: Chevrolet announced today that actor Chris Pratt will serve as pace car driver on July 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He will drive a 2014 red and silver Chevrolet SS pace car and apparently its a dream come true for him. Of course, the announcement comes with a new set of images of the SS Pace Car, so check them in the "Images" tab.
Click past the jump to watch the video of the burning SS and read more about the standard Chevrolet SS.
For a lot of us, trying to understand the inner workings of a race car and comprehend all the engineering details that come with it is an exercise in futility.
But for those who spend their lives in pursuit of building the fastest and most powerful race car they can develop, it’s a rush like no other.
In this promotional video, we’re taken for an behind-the-scenes look at the development of construction of the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, the new Corvette race car that recently made its worldwide debut. Far be it for us to wax about how the racer was built, we’re instead leaving it to Pratt & Miller, the people who were actually behind the development of the Corvette C7.R to take us on a four-minute documentary showing exactly the science that was used in building a race car that’s already being touted as 40 percent stronger than the model it’s replacing, the C6.R.
The video stops short in giving the race car’s actual performance numbers, although we do know that a naturally-aspirated 5.5-liter, V-8 engine with direct injection is going to be used. That’s the extent of it, but as far as seeing the race car in action is concerned, we won’t have to wait too long because the Corvette C7.R is scheduled to compete in the Rolex 24 at the Daytona International Speedway this weekend.
We’re going to have our eyes and ears on full alert to observe how Chevrolet’s new endurance race car is going to handle now that it’s ready to smell the air of real competition.
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The 2014 Camaro Z/28 goes on sale this spring at a base price of $75k, but customers who want to see the car in action will have the chance to see the Camaro Z/28.R race car in action this week in a 2.5-hour endurance race ahead of the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona that begins Friday, January 24th.
The new Camaro Z/28.R will be built alongside the road-going version Z/28, and it will share the same performance elements from the base Z/28, including the powerful LS7 7.0-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 505 horsepower. Along with this powerful engine, the Z/28.R will be offered with the same helical-gear, limited-slip rear differential found in the production model.
The new Camaro Z/28.R was developed in cooperation with Stevenson Motorsports and CKS Autosport and will enter in the GS class of the IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge.
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While the future of the Corvette ZR1 remains a mystery for now, Corvette product manager Harlan Charles said in a recent interview at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show that the company is considering a track-oriented Z06X version.
If built, this version should take inspiration from the Z06X Track Car Concept unveiled at the 2010 SEMA Show. Of course, the new Z06X version will be based on the 2015 Corvette Z06, but with some of the elements revealed by the 2010 concept. This means the model would get lots of carbon-fiber elements, a new set of wheels, with carbon-ceramic brakes and a modified suspension. It should also be equipped with a more aggressive aerodynamic kit, a role cage and three-point seat belts — all elements required by a "non-street-legal, factory-built track car."
If built, this will be a very strange move for Chevrolet, considering that the new model may steal the thunder of the optional Z07 package. However, such a model could be a hit, considering the amazing reception the other track-oriented model — the Camaro Z/28 — received.
Click past the jump to read more about the current Chevrolet Corvette Z06.
Chevrolet has just pulled the covers off its highly anticipated C7.R, the racing version of its new C7 Corvette Stingray. The news falls with the unveiling of the new Corvette Z06, the car the C7.R shares many design and performance attributes with. The two beasts were co-developed to take full advantage of the engineering expertise and technology both versions of the Vette use to succeed.
The C7.R features the same fuel-saving/power-making direct injection technology as the production C7 Z06, though used on a 5.5-liter V-8 instead of the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 - all mounted to a highly-ridged aluminum frame. Vents, scoops, extractors, wings, and underbody panels all act together in reducing drag and creating down force.
The lessons learned on the race tract with the outgoing C6.R were key in assisting designers and engineers in developing the current C7 and more so the C7 Z06. For more info on the new production model 2015 Corvette Z06, check out TopSpeed’s full coverage.
Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images taken during the car’s presentation at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.
Click past the jump for more info on the C7.R and official Press Release
In what has become somewhat of a tradition for Chevrolet at SEMA, the Bowtie-bearing brand is preparing to introduce a new version of its drag-racing mastodon, the COPO Camaro.
At the 2013 SEMA Auto Show, the COPO program returns with all the design tweaks and modifications given to the 2014 Camaro. This time, the factory-built dragster will immediately hit production with the same 69-unit allocation, making it another must-have Camaro for enthusiasts and drag racers alike.
The 2014 COPO Camaro will also come with a pair of new racing engines, including a revised take on the naturally aspirated 427 engine, as well as a supercharged version of the 350-cubic-inch engine that we first saw tucked comfortably under the hood of the 2013 COPO Camaro. The latter will also receive a 2.9-liter Whipple, screw-type compressor, as if all the mechanical workings done on the engine aren’t enough on their own.
Naturally aspirated 350- and 396-cubic-inch engines are also set to be offered for the 2014 COPO Camaro, giving buyers plenty of options to choose from as far as their preferred engine choice is going to be for their Camaro drag racer.
All 2014 COPO Camaros come standard with an NHRA-approved roll cage and suspension, and feature an exclusive live rear axle.
In somewhat of another similar move, or possibly to drive up the car’s PR-worthiness — as if it needed any — Chevrolet will send the first production COPO Camaro to Barret-Jackson this coming January for the Scottsdale, Arizona Auction. The proceeds from the auction will be sent directly to the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans.
There’s plenty to love about the 2014 COPO Camaro. We’re sure that a lot of people share our sentiments, which is to say that those interested in scooping one up better get their finances in order before all 69 models are accounted for.
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