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2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Dominates Nürburgring Track

The LS7 powered ponycar has Faster Lap Time than Lamborghini Murcielago LP640

Talk about cool. The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is back and in full force. The ponycar recently hit Nürburgring and ran an impressive 7:37.47. The track in Europe is considered to be the most demanding and difficult purpose-built racetrack in the world. The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28’s best lap time beat-out the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (which boasts a lap time of 7:41:27) and came close to the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (which ran a 7:19:63). If that isn’t enough, the Chevy-powered Camaro is officially faster than the Porsche Carrera S and Lamborghini Murcielago LP640.

"One of the challenges of testing at the 'Ring is that the track is so long that conditions can change radically in a single lap," Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, said. "Adam Dean, the development driver for Z/28, did a heroic job driving in deteriorating conditions. Based on telemetry data from our test sessions, we know the Z/28 can be as much as six seconds faster on a dry track."

As you may remember from our March story, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is equipped with an LS7 427ci small-block pumping out 505hp. The LS7 engine is no slouch either and will rely on a number of high-performance components, including a 10.5 dry-sump oiling system which helps lubricate the forged crankshaft and all the necessary components up to its almost unheard of 7,000 rpm redline. Controlling the fuel and air is a high-lift camshaft and a set of CNC-ported aluminum cylinders which are stuffed with ultra-light titanium intake valves, and sodium-filled exhaust valves which breathe through a set of hydroformed exhaust headers.

"We set out to make the fastest road-racing Camaro possible that was still street-legal," Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, said in a release for the new Z/28. "While the Camaro ZL1 offers exceptional performance on the street, the drag strip, and the track, the Z/28 is entirely focused on the track performance. The Z/28 will be too track-focused for most drivers, but offers road-racers one of the most capable track cars ever."

Three key features make the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 faster than its predecessor, the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: better grip due to chassis revisions; increased braking due to Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes; and a lighter overall vehicle, due to changes ranging from lightweight wheels to thinner rear-window glass.

Watching the above video, it’s clear the all-new Camaro Z/28 is definitely meant for the racetrack. Reaching speeds of 161mph in Nürburgring, achieving a lap time better than most exotic cars, and doing both while raining, certainly makes this car worthy of the Z/28 nameplate. Who wouldn’t want to own/drive one of these beasts? Heck, just crank up the sound on your device and watch the video for yourself – that doesn’t sound like any normal Camaro, it sounds like a car not to be messed with!

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38 comments
W Tom Foster
W Tom Foster

I'm impressed but I have wonder how tweeked that one is, remember the 65 Pont 2+2, and how many laps it took to achieve that time.

Phil Landers
Phil Landers

Sure would be nice if it looked better......

Justin Nall
Justin Nall

haha, thats cool, just razzin ya guys!

Larry Zarr
Larry Zarr

Chevy true American, MOFIAT, Fordgot, not so much.

Duane Cher
Duane Cher

not a camaro guy, but the video was bad ass!

Rickey Driskill
Rickey Driskill

Ford was going to borrow the money and sit on it. But the government said they had to use it. So they did not take it.

Aaron LaPree
Aaron LaPree

One, don't plan on doing 160 in a production car with production tires. Two, that mother F'r can drive! Three, 160 in the rain?!?! SICK!!!

Gary Soares
Gary Soares

I find that hard to believe, i see a hell of alot of FORD FOCUSES and not to many chevy cruzes..

Dean Mcgill
Dean Mcgill

Unreal. That track would be great in ANY decent car, but that's fantastic.

Steven Baker
Steven Baker

^ someone else finally knows there stuff!

Steve Cardot
Steve Cardot

If I had the money I'd have put my order in already.

Steven Baker
Steven Baker

The saddest part about all the bailout comments is that Ford borrowed 6 billion from the government the same month and has still yet to pay it back while GM has. Interesting.

Dave TripowerGto
Dave TripowerGto

Everyone sees chevrolet and crys bailout but doesn't read into the fact that Ford and Chrysler also received billions in bailout money. Along with a import brands.

John McRee
John McRee

Bailout ..thats what a dumb ass idiot says when they get butthurt.

Car Craft Magazine
Car Craft Magazine

Justin Nall, that just means you're reading the best content around :) Pssst - We all share digital content every now and then as long as it's relevant. However, print content is completely different.

Michael Carrillo
Michael Carrillo

The first gen of that body it was but afterwards not so much.

Steven Baker
Steven Baker

The GT500 that's solid rear axle can't handle turns? It drove right by him off into the woods

Eric W. Smith
Eric W. Smith

time for another bailout when the craparo will outrun the plastic queen.

Lourdes Perez
Lourdes Perez

que emocionante paseo,y en un camaro,chulada de pista,gracias a car craft magazine por este video

Justin Nall
Justin Nall

It is kinda fishy when my news feed has the same article/text/ and link from CC, Pop Hot rodding and chevy high.

Ryan Morris
Ryan Morris

Did you guys see that GT500 blow right by him?

Alex Seida
Alex Seida

Overpriced my ass their well priced for what they contain and beat

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