Porsche fanboys, look away; you probably won’t want to know this.
According to data gathered by Car and Driver at their eighth annual Lightning Lap at Virginia International Raceway, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 actually matched and even outpaced the Porsche 918 Spyder in several parts of the track.
You know, the Porsche 918 Spyder that set a new world record at the Nürburgring? The fastest production car that the publication has ever tested at Virginia International Raceway?
Yup, that’s the one. Going into the first corner, the Camaro Z/28 matched the Porsche 918’s 1.16 G of cornering grip – the highest the magazine has ever tested there, mind you. In the uphill esses portion of the track, it gets even better, as the Z/28 surpassed the Porsche 918’s average and exit speeds.
In fact, Car and Driver saw the Camaro Z/28 exit the uphill esses and reach the peak of the hill at 118.5 mph, which beats any car in the entire history of Lightning Lap. Mind you, the width of the Camaro’s front rubber is (literally) a huge contributing factor; the wheels are a staggering 11-inches across, wearing 305/30 tires.
Regardless, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 achieved an impressive fifth-place finish by hot lap time among the cars tested this year, one-tenth of a second behind the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.
That must not feel very good for the Italians.