With the success of the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro in different motorsports series around the world, it would be a shock for Chevy not to go racing with the all-new, more talented sixth-generation of the pony car.
If comments made by General Motors product chief Mark Reuss to Automotive News at the unveiling of the 2016 Camaro are any indication, a sixth-gen pony car may already be under consideration. Furthermore, the automaker may have something extra special in store for their next Camaro race car, with Reuss saying they are “ looking at the original formulas of the Trans Am homologation of the Z/28.”
Reuss is referencing the Trans-Am racing Camaros of the 1960s, which used a special 302 racing engine as per the SCCA’s rules and won the Trans-American Sedan Championship for Chevrolet in 1968 and 1969.
While we believe Reuss is hinting at a new race car from the brand, it’s also possible his team is simply looking to the Trans-Am Z/28 for inspiration for a high performance road-going version of the sixth-gen Camaro.
“Why was the 302 engine so special?,” Reuss asked.“So, the formula may change a little, but it still needs to be a wicked fast track car more capable maybe than the comfort- and driver-oriented models.”
Whatever the longtime GM exec is alluding to, it’s good to know the automaker is looking to its past successes in motorsports for inspiration.