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.
The Camaro's debut comes on the heels of the launch of the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R race car, which is based on the new 2015 Corvette Stingray street car and uses a 5.5-liter V-8 engine. The standard 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 goes on sale this spring for $75,000, including destination.