The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is continuing its strip-tease little by little, and today we have received our final teaser image before the car is officially unveiled at Belle Isle in Detroit. Today, Chevrolet has decided to highlight the 2016 Camaro’s extensive wind tunnel testing.
And with the 2016 Camaro clocking in more than 350 hours, sometimes 24 hours of day, of wind tunnel testing, comes massively reduced aerodynamic lift.
“The importance of aerodynamics increases exponentially as we increase vehicle performance,” said Kirk Bennion, Exterior Design manager. “As engine output increases, we need more engine cooling. As acceleration and top speeds climb, we need to reduce lift for better high-speed stability. However, we cannot make any changes at the expense of increasing drag, which can hurt fuel economy.”
Chevrolet says to balance these aero targets, hundreds of changes were tested millimeters at a time by 2016 Camaro engineers.
An example of the aerodynamic changes we will see include improved engine-cooling airflow by one percent by shifting the angle of the lower-grille bars to 13 degrees, rather than the original design of 20 degrees.
Adding to engineers’ focus on aerodynamics, is the development of a flush belly pan that stretches from the front grille to the center of the vehicle. This replaces a traditional front air dam on the 2016 Camaro, and further reduces aerodynamic lift. Finally, small “spats” in front of the tires and a smooth underbody reduce lift by 30 percent, according to Chevrolet.
We can tell the Camaro has certainly shrunk a tad from the side-profile silhouette seen here, and we get a slight look at the evolutionary design to be featured as that bowtie stares us straight in the face.
As noted, this will be the last look at the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro before the official reveal, and we’re ready to see what Chevrolet has planned the storied pony car rivalry as it enters its sixth generation.