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Get your motors running…Callaway’s newest creation the supercharged Camaro Z/28 SC652!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the addition of an Eaton TVS supercharger, the Camaro Z/28 just got even hotter. Netting a whopping 652 horsepower and 620 pounds feet of torque, this supercharged Camaro Z/28 beats the SRT Viper and ZR1 Corvette in this battle of horsepower. That is enough power to get this baby from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds! But that is not all, Callaway gave this a retuned ECU, a liquid to air intercooler, and a much less restrictive intake and exhaust system.

Wondering how you can get your hands on one of these? Well, all of that comes at a price, the Callaway SC652 conversion will cost you $19,995. Still interested…Callaway only made 10 of these supercharged Camaro Z/28 SC652 and two of these beasts have already been taken.

Camaro Z28 Nurburgring Follow-Up

Watch the Camaro Z28 tackle the Nurburgring against a Camaro ZL1 and a Corvette ZR1

A couple of days ago we showed you Chevrolet’s official Nurburgring video and press release for the new Camaro Z/28, and the internet has been abuzz with the Z/28’s triumph since. However, one internet user out there went above and beyond to put together something even more special.

Reddit user u/_WarShrike_ put together YouTube videos of the Camaro Z/28, Camaro ZL1, and C6 ZR1 Corvette next to one another. What this means is that you can see, side by side, how each of Chevrolet’s three finest vehicles tackle the world’s greatest course. I’ve watched the trio of videos multiple times now, myself, to catch some of the nuances of how the various drivers and vehicles tackled the course. To see, starting at 1:20 for example, the three vehicles enter that wide right curve at their own angles and speeds is absolutely fascinating.

The whole thing is a blast. You’ll definitely find yourself glued to your screen for the full 7+ minutes, and it’s even greater a testament to the Camaro Z/28’s abilities when you keep in mind the fact that the Z/28 beat the ZL1’s time that handily and was the only vehicle of the three to achieve its time on wet conditions. Extra seconds were left out there due to the weather, that’s for certain!

Check it out here

Camaro Z28 Laps the Nurburgring

GM Gives Official Times and Press Release on the Z28 Lapping the Nurburgring

The Camaro Z/28, the newest, track oriented, performance variation of the fifth Generation Chevrolet Camaro, has been much anticipated. Since the Camaro’s rerelease, media outlets have been buzzing about such a potential vehicular revival. It’s finally happening, and it is happening with incredible panache.

Chevrolet has been busy testing the Camaro Z/28, and, after 10 hours of laps at the world-famous Nurburgring in rainy conditions, they can give us an official best track time: 7:37:40. That’s right. 7:37:40 in rainy conditions. That time puts the Camaro Z28 ahead of such vehicles as the more powerful Camaro ZL1, the Porsche 911 Carrera S, and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640–squarely in the middle of world-class status.

That the Camaro could achieve all of this in wet conditions is a testament to the technologies Chevrolet outfitted the new variant with. The high performance engine and incredible Magnetic Ride Suspension combine on the vehicle’s extra light-weight chassis to lay down some incredible performance figures. The full video was released by Chevrolet today of the Z/28’s Nurburgring lap, and it’s worth watching every second of it. Below the video you’ll see the full, official, press release from GM.

 

  • 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 [see below] 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.

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.”

 

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

 

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

 

 

Bulletproof Camaro is the Baddest Camaro on Earth

This Bulletproof Camaro–capable of withstanding fire from an AK-47 or a .44 magnum–is easily one of the most badass Camaros on Earth

Oil magnates. Movie stars. Musicians. Politicians. The bulletproof SUV is the vehicle of choice for the insanely wealthy and, often times rightfully so, paranoid, but an SUV just doesn’t have the flair or power of an uninhibited American muscle car. To fill that void, in steps the Camaro SS.

Manufactured by Texas Armoring out of San Antonio, the bulletproof Camaro is almost fast enough to outrun shots fired at it, and more than capable of handling their impact. Built from a base Camaro SS, this special Camaro is one of the coolest–if not the most unreasonable–Camaro mods we’ve ever seen.

Built using a combination of lightweight polyethylene-based armor plating and bulletproof composite glass, the Texas Armoring Camaro is capable of withstanding 9 mm and .44 Magnum handguns, as well as 12-gauge shotguns, and AK-47 and AR-15 automatic rifles. All of this armoring only adds about 500 pounds to the vehicle, as well. The car is able to deflect this bevy of ammunition thanks to the company’s brilliant layering of glass and polycarbonate materials throughout the body.

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If this isn’t enough for you, the engineers at Texas Armoring will also install a supercharger conversion kit on your bulletproof Camaro to bump the power up from 400 to 550HP. The get-up-and-go oomph of the extra supercharged HP, when coupled with the ludicrous protection of the literal bulletproof construction makes for one of the baddest and most insane Camaros we’ve ever heard of. Of course, one thing Texas Armoring doesn’t install is ridiculous badging, which means that your bulletproof, supercharged, Camaro SS will be the ultimate sleeper vehicle.

If you’re in the market for a vehicle that does all the things that this one does and offers all the protection this one offers, conversion starts at $45,000–about $10,000 more than you’d pay for your fully loaded Camaro SS in the first place. The complete package, with all extra goodies and performance bits, will set you back a cool $80,000 on top of the cost of the base Camaro, but will also give you a fully fortified underbody, reinforced roof, and runflat tires capable of driving for about 50 miles even after sustaining a gunshot. There’s no better way to keep yourself safe from all of those unsavories and to do so in style!

 

Camaro Z28 Testing at the Nurburgring

The Camaro Z/28 and C7 Corvette were Both Caught on Camera Testing out the Nürburgring

Preparing for their releases in the months to come, Chevrolet has been putting their flagship C7 Corvette and new, track-monster Z/28 Camaro under the microscope for heavy performance scrutiny. Last week, the two vehicle were spied tearing up the asphalt at the world-famous Nürburgring motorsports complex track. They each looked absolutely at home.

The lightweight, no-frills, Camaro Z/28 is a vehicle designed specifically for conditions like those offered at the Nürburgring, and the car shows it. It appears to be stiff and agile, cornering well and tearing through the straightaways. The sound of the LS7 piped through new Chevrolet factory Tri-Y headers and performance Z/28 exhaust is absolutely incredible.

So, while these videos provide no hard details yet on ‘Ring performance, they definitely show the Z/28 as a monster that belongs in such a locale. Expect to see the Z/28 lap the Nürburgring in the low 7:30’s or high 7:20’s territory when it’s finally released. There’s potential, too, for a low 7:20’s, but that would be a miracle lap type number for a car as heavy as the Camaro Z/28, even with the LS7 V8 powering it forward. Until we know exactly how the Z/28 does on the ‘Ring, just enjoy the glimpses of it we can get, and get excited to see everything that a track-tuned, naturally aspirated, 500+HP monster of a Camaro will be able to accomplish.

Jay Leno Provides the First Camaro Z/28 Review

In a Recent Episode of Jay’s Garage, Jay Himself was the First Person Outside of GM with the Honor of Test Driving the new Z/28

Jay Leno may not be your favorite late-night personality–he’s certainly not mine. That being said, however, he’s almost certainly one of your all-time favorite car nerds. The guy absolutely loves cars and it’s incredibly obvious on his regular web show “Jay’s Garage”. In fact, Jay’s knowledge and enthusiasm makes him the most entertaining automotive personality to watch this side of Top Gear.

It’s for this reason that Jay gets a lot of exclusive chances with cars, and this episode is one of the best examples of that. Since the fifth-generation Camaro was released people have been pining for a track-ready Z/28, and we’re finally getting one this year, and this car is true to classic Z/28 track-focused fashion. The new Z/28 doesn’t even offer standard AC because of the weight that that saddles the vehicle with.

Jay gets to check out the 6-speed LS7 powered Camaro alongside one of Chevrolet’s most interesting and knowledgable figures: Al Oppenheiser, Chief Engineer at General Motors. Al and Jay walk around the vehicle and provide information on all aspects of it–both inside and out–before taking it for a ride. Jay clearly loves the vehicle, from its power being put down to the wheels all the way to its Recaro racing seats.

Enjoy the video, and stay til the end to see them open the vehicle up a little bit more and enjoy that incredible small-block V8 rumble and get flagged down by a California mom!

Camaro ZL1 to Pace Brickyard 400

The Camaro ZL1 Will Pace the NASCAR Brickyard 400 Race

For the sixth time in the race’s history, a Chevrolet Camaro will pace the NASCAR Brickyard 400. The Camaro ZL1 Pace Car will also mark the 19th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race pacing by a Chevrolet vehicle. The Brickyard 400–whose complete title is, and I kid you not, the (wait for it) Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com–will be raced at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 28th.

The Camaro ZL1 Brickyard Pace Car will be driven by ESPN SportsCenter anchorwoman Sage Steele. Sage Steele was chosen in part because she is an Indiana University graduate.

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The 2014 Camaro Z/28, From Top to Bottom

A complete and detailed look at the track-ready, monstrous, Camaro Z/28

The expectations for the Camaro were not great at this year’s New York International Auto Show. Chevrolet was expected to unveil a small facelift to the vehicle for the 2014 year, and, that was about it. This was doubly disappointing since that same facelift had already been leaked to the public. It was then, with great fanfare and to the surprise of all those in attendance, that Chevrolet blew everyone away by rolling a rumbling Camaro Z/28 on to the stage. The crowd erupted in applause. The track-ready monster, the vehicle that made the Camaro something more and cemented its place in American lore, the badge that had become little more than a daydream for most Camaro fans, was back, and it was better than ever.

Born from SCCA Trans-Am class roots, the Z/28 was the first Camaro designed to be a true track-ready racing machine that could also be driven on the American roads. The car was designed to help its owner shave seconds off of their track laps, and was designed to achieve this through improved transmission, enhanced power, lighter weight, and race suspension upgrades. It was the ultimate Camaro. Today, it’s an extension of those same roots, and challenges the ZL1 as the ultimate American muscle car.

The Flat White Show Color for the Camaro Z/28 will not be one of the five colors officially available.

The Flat White Show Color for the Camaro Z/28 will not be one of the five colors officially available.

The Z/28 Chassis

The Camaro Z/28 has many chassis changes to help it better perform, and the most obvious of these is at the wheels. Gone are the 20-inchers which have donned all V8 iterations of the fifth-generation Camaro, and in their place are 19-inch lightweight alloys. Mark Stielow, the Z/28’s engineering manager, explains that “the 19s are lighter, have less rotational inertia, and let us lower the car.” These special wheels are wrapped with race ready tires. The front wheels are 11 inches wide–the widest tires Chevrolet mounts on the front of any of its production cars–and all four are dressed up in 305/30ZR-19 Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R. These Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires are consider a part of the Pirelli streetable track tire catalog and feature a tread-wear rating of 60. To cement their status as quality, Pirelli manufactures them in the same plant where they craft all of their Formula 1 rubber.

Geometrically, the Z/28 suspension is identical to that offered on the 1LE track package; however, the suspension spring rates are 20% stiffer than the already track tuned 1LE, and the corners are outfitted with Multimatic monotube shocks with F1-style spool valves. Stielow claims that Chevrolet decided upon this suspension technology as it allows the knowledgeable driver greater freedom to independently tailor their suspension’s rebound settings for both high and low speed cornering situations. To further improve vehicle handling Chevrolet also increased roll-bar thickness over the 1LE.

The switch from cast-iron brake rotors to carbon-ceramics seems unlikely, but the more expensive technology saves a lot of weight and is reported to improve fade-resistance. The Z/28’s rotors are actually larger and thicker, and weigh much less, than those on the ZL1. The vehicle has some electronic help for the driver, as the Z/28 is outfitted with Chevrolet’s five-level stability control system: Performance Traction Management. All of these aspects should come together to allow the Camaro Z/28 to corner at 1.05g.

The Camaro Z/28 features impressive aerodynamics

The Camaro Z/28 features impressive aerodynamics

Shaving Pounds off the Z/28

One of the biggest things needed to make the Camaro a true track-ready car was lightening the vehicle. The Camaro is not dainty, but the Z/28 works to shave unnecessary pounds wherever it can. Switching from the supercharged LSA in the ZL1 to the naturally aspirated LS7 in the Z/28 saves close to 90 pounds in weight alone. The aforementioned 19-inch wheels and Pirelli tires save 42 pounds from the 1LE package. The carbon-ceramic brakes are 28 pounds lighter than the ZL1’s. 20 pounds are saved by cutting the air conditioning system (although, this can be optionally restored). The stereo system is made as minimal as possible, as a radio and a single door speaker were necessary by law to beep out seatbelt and other safety warnings.

The other weight saving features given to the Z/28 feel a little more abstract. The rear window utilizes thinner glass. The battery is smaller than in other V8 Camaros. Trunk carpeting and almost all vehicle sound insulation are gone. The tire-inflator kit–standard on all other V8 powered Camaros–is nowhere to be found. The rear seat frame and trunk pass through have been replaced with molded foam. All of this comes together to make the Z/28 more than 300 pounds lighter than the Camaro ZL1, which should place this 500HP track tuned Camaro at close to the 3750 lb curb weight of the most basic SS.

The Z/28 features a GMPP dual-mode exhaust

The Z/28 features a GMPP dual-mode exhaust

The Z/28 Aero Package

While the wheels and other exterior visual cues are obvious to Camaro lovers, the aerodynamic package outfitted on the Z/28 is the most obvious for all. Changes in technology from the days of yore in American muscle cars to today have given us major advancements in vehicle aerodynamics, and the Z/28 showcases these new technologies. A sizable front splitter, extended side skirt molding, a performance minded rear diffuser, front and rear fender lip extensions, and a large rear wing all work to increase the vehicle’s net downforce to numbers greater than the ZL1, 1LE, or SS. This improved downforce creates greater vehicle stability at high speeds and should improve driver confidence. There’s even an optional accessory Gurney flap which can be attached to the rear wing for those serious about downforce.

All of this downforce does have a downside, however. The Z/28 has a wide body print through the wind with a ton of air displacement and as result has a greater drag penalty than any other Camaro vehicle. The Camaro SS has a Cd of 0.35, and the ZL1–with wider body design–one of 0.39. The drag penalty displacement in the Z/28 will be greater than even that of the ZL1.

The Camaro Z/28 Interior

The Camaro Z/28 Interior

The Monster Beneath the Hood

Chevrolet and Corvette fans are well aware of the 7.0L LS7 engine from the outgoing C6 Z06 Corvette. The naturally aspirated LS7, featuring dry sump technology, produces more than 500hp and 470 lb/ft of torque. To fit inside of the Camaro engine bay, the Corvette engine required new exhaust manifolds and a relocated oil reservoir. The redesign had its benefits, however, as the new exhaust manifolds allowed for the design of new tri-Y stainless steel headers which will be finished off with a GM performance dual-mode exhaust similar to the one found on the ZL1. All of this will make for a Camaro with a good deal more power than its most direct competition: 444hp and 380 lb/ft Ford Mustang Boss 302.

This power will be transferred to the wheels via an exclusive Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual utilizing the same closely spaced gear ratios seen in the 1LE package. The 3.91:1 final drive ratio used in the Z/28 is also identical to that praised heavily in the 1LE package. One major change made from other Camaro vehicles however is the move from the spring-loaded clutch pack utilized in the SS and ZL1 to a a Torsen limited-slip differential which should act to provide a better blend of low-speed lockup and more open action at higher speeds. The same heat exchanger coolant system utilized in the ZL1 has been brought over to manage temperatures in the Camaro Z/28’s differential, transmission, and engine oil. All of this should make for a vehicle capable of burning full tanks of fuel under the extreme conditions of track racing without any concern over vital fluid overheating.

The Camaro Z/28 features the 500+ hp naturally aspirated LS7 engine

The Camaro Z/28 features the 500+ hp naturally aspirated LS7 engine

The Final Word on Performance

Chevrolet has yet to announce any official performance numbers except for one: The Camaro Z/28 lapped GM’s 2.9 mile Milford Proving Grounds track a full 3-seconds faster than the Camaro ZL1. All of this comes as result of the sticker tires, improved suspension, and better weight distribution. In a straight-line, however, expect the ZL1 to remain the king. The Z/28 features a slightly lower power:weight ratio, and should post a 0-60 time of around 4.2 seconds. Top speed should also be down from the ZL1’s regulated 180 to about 170mph for the Z/28. On a track, though, the Z/28 will almost certainly be the king. We’re excited to see what the Z/28 can do on the Nürburgring where the ZL1 lapped the world-famous track in a supercar time of 7:41.27–faster than a Porsche 911 GT3. If the Z/28 can shave 3 seconds at Milford, the sky is the limit for such a vehicle on a track like the ‘Ring.

Jeff Gordon Camaro Test Drive Prank

PepsiMax and Jeff Gordon Pulled One of the Best Pranks We’ve Seen In a Long Time with a Camaro

Usually, guerilla viral marketing can be a little ridiculous, but every now and then there’s a video that really works: this is one of them. On contract as a spokesman for PepsiMax, Jeff Gordon decided to put his driving skills to the test and give one unsuspecting car salesman both the scare and the ride of his life.

Utilizing hidden cameras, both inside the vehicle and around the closed course that Pepsi put together for Gordon, he went undercover in prosthetic make-up as middle-aged and nerdy “Mike” to test drive a Camaro. Gordon then took the Camaro, and the salesman who greeted him, for a fantastic ride.

Gordon definitely showcased his skillset as a driver, which he has proven time and time again in the NASCAR circuit, by taking the 2009 Camaro through hairpin turns, around tight corners, and in to some fantastic drifts and burnouts. Steve, the car salesman in the video, has a response befitting such a terrifying ride. Pepsi bleeped out a number of curse words, and as the test drive ends Steve is threatening to call the cops. Once he realizes who the driver is, and what the prank itself entails, Steve changes his tone and finishes the video 0n a light note.

The video has gone viral, and has been some great unexpected publicity for the Camaro with over 7 and a half million views in just two days time. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should definitely check it out. This is one of those commercials that will be remembered for years to come.

Camaro 1LE vs Mustang GT Track Pack

MotorTrend Pits the Camaro 1LE and the Mustang GT Track Pack Head to Head Against One Another

I love the writing that I do, but my job certainly does not compare to that of the journalists over at MotorTrend and their peers. When they want to do a test of a vehicle they simply call the company and have a monster of a machine at their disposal, and in this comparison instance they got two of the greatest pony cars being produced today. The Camaro 1LE and the Mustang GT Track Pack represent the finest racing versions of their respective vehicles–that is, those existing in the middle trim, since the GT500 and the ZL1 test has already been exhausted–available today. The two are an almost perfect match to one another for competition, and it makes sense that they would be tested against each other to see what the results were. Those results, however, are different than what one might expect.

Watch the fantastic video, and you’ll see the equivalency of the two cars in a straight line. Their quarter mile times are almost exact, and the differences in weight are offset by torque and HP between the two vehicles. It’s on the track–the setting for which these two muscle car packages were designed–that a difference can be seen however. I won’t spoil the results, but, when the testing is done by the likes of legendary racecar driver Randy Pobst on a course like the much revered Streets of Willow, it’s hard to argue with them.

It’s obvious that the Camaro benefited greatly from the Independent Rear Suspension and improved track wheels and tires, but how greatly is almost absurd. “Its not just a victory for Chevy, Ford got their ass kicked” sums it up nicely, and the information about proximity to the GT-R drives it home even further. This is a powerful win for the Camaro, and another feather for their hat. I can’t wait to see what battles the next generation of products from these two lines brings!

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