The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is heading to the race track, in the form of the Z/28.R race car. The racer will make its debut in the GS class this week at the Rolex 24 At Daytona race in Florida.
Chevrolet says the Z/28.R is very closely tied to the street-legal 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 sports coupe. The racer shares the road car's 7.0-liter V-8 engine, limited-slip differential, front splitter, rear spoiler, vented hood, and fender flares. While Chevrolet doesn't disclose how much power the Z/28.R produces, the standard road car extracts 505 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque from the V-8 engine. Factor in upgrades like a stiffer suspension, a roll cage, and racing-spec tires, and the Z/28.R race car should be an extremely fast machine; the standard 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 lapped the Nürburgring in an impressive 7 minutes, 37 seconds.
"Apart from series-mandated equipment and the specialized suspension components needed for endurance racing, the Z/28.R is as close to a production-spec race car as you'll find," Chevrolet racing director Mark Kent said in a statement.
After this week's start at Daytona, Stevenson Motorsport and CKS Autosport will each campaign Camaro Z/28.R race cars in the 12-race IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge season. From 2011 through 2013, the outgoing Chevrolet Camaro GS.R race car racked up six race wins in the Continental SportsCar Series GS class.