Last month we showed you the 2014 Camaro Z/28 was able to log a lap time of just 7:37.47 around Germany’s highly challenging Nürburgring, 4 seconds faster than the more powerful Camaro ZL1 managed. The track focused Z/28 has a number of improvements that make it faster around the Green Hell, but you can bet its all-new aerodynamics played a big role in shaving off those seconds.
Numerous modifications were made to the Z/28 to help stick its meaty 305-wide tires into the pavement. A large front splitter, able to handle up to 250 pounds of downforce, helps increase cornering speed and stability. A rear spoiler with a “wickerbill” — a vertical tab at the edge of the spoiler — helps push the rear of the car down, decreases lift and allows for greater high speed stability. The Z/28 also has rocker mouldings, a belly pan, deflectors that direct air away from the front tires and a hood extractor vent that works much like the one on the C7 Corvette, all providing additional downforce.
All these modifications help the Z/28 produce 440 more pounds of downforce at 150 mph than the Camaro SS, which actually generates lift at that speed.
“Most production cars are designed with some lift at speed in order to slip through the air for greater fuel economy, but the all-new Camaro Z/28’s track-oriented purpose dictated an entirely different take on airflow management,” said lead development engineer of aerodynamics for the Z/28, Tom Froling. “Its carefully tailored aerodynamics package generates downforce for greater handling stability at speed.”
Although it appears similar to the standard 2014 Camaro’s, the Z/28’s front fascia is also modified to manage airflow. An airflow optimized upper grille and modified lower fascia funnel air from the splitter/lower grille into ducts to cool the brake rotors and calipers.
The 2014 Camaro Z/28 will arrive in dealerships early next spring, so when you see one on the road and think to yourself how good all that fancy aero stuff looks, just remember it’s all there for one reason: to go fast.