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2014 Camaro Z/28: Flowtie Video

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 was built by enthusiasts. As sacred as the Chevrolet bowtie would seam to be, even it went under the knife in search of increased performance.

Powertrain Cooling Development engineer Richard Quinn took a cutoff wheel to the inner portion of the bowtie after he noticed that it was displacing air away from the radiator during aerodynamics testing. Since this track monster could ill afford decreased cooling as the result of the obstruction, Richard tested his prototype and found that it allowed three additional cubic meters of air into the engine per minute. Long track sessions revealed that this dropped engine coolant and oil temperatures by a full 2°F (1.2° C). Though this improvement seems minimal, GM stated it was enough to justify the change, and thus the “Flowtie” became standard on the Z/28.

“There are engineers in our team that race as a hobby,” said Quinn, “and we used that racer’s mindset to look for ways small or large to get better performance out of the Z/28. Even the smallest details on the Z/28 were weighed for cooling benefit, and this is one that stuck.”

“The Flowtie is just one example of the team’s focus on track performance,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. [I guess you might say it is symbolic or emblematic of their commitment to performance? Too much?] “That same attention to detail is evident throughout the cooling systems for the LS7 engine, as well as the carbon ceramic brakes and the differential.”

“The Camaro Z/28 has more than 190 unique parts, compared to a Camaro SS,” Oppenheiser said. “Like the Flowtie, each of these parts were changed with one objective: to deliver incredible performance on the track – not just for the first lap, but lap, after lap, after lap.”

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18 comments
Gaddafi Makaveli
Gaddafi Makaveli

Arnold Walker 2 whole degrees man. They might as well do a full grill delete lol

Ryan Harter
Ryan Harter

I am just glad that after the horrid 80's, manufactures are that concerned about an additional 3 cfm.

Tom Ringlein
Tom Ringlein

Most folks are missing the point. GM and Chevrolet are putting the extra time into improving every piece of every vehicle they make. Even, OMG, bowtie emblems that increase airflow by 106 cfm through the radiator. That is a huge difference from such a small change. They do this type of research to every part of the car guys. That is why these cars are the real deal.

Jeff Kirkby
Jeff Kirkby

Pat Borello Dave Delaney D.j. Kirkby Randy Sherman

Rafał Sz
Rafał Sz

OMG, serious, how revolutionary is this?

Maitroe Choko Lokoe
Maitroe Choko Lokoe

Another innovation from Ford. Since 64, camaros been tryin to catch up.

Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell

I'm trying to find the Mustang on the Nurburgring Top 100 but I can't seem to find it, must be a clerical error. Oh, there's a Ford GT... 7:52... 36 spots behind the Camaro.

Ulf Forsberg
Ulf Forsberg

Its actually 106 cfm NOT 3cfm. It states 3cubic meter per minute not cfm!! Converts to 106cfm...

Mark Adam
Mark Adam

Which is why engineers in 1969 moved the emblem from the center of the grille to the side.

Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell

A 7:37.4 Nurburgring lap time means nothing then... gotta love the haters.

Ronnie Flores
Ronnie Flores

So put the bowtie on the bumper cover may get 1-2 more cfm...

Liam Knight
Liam Knight

It's still going to get stomped by the new Mustang. ROFL.. Maybe GM can stuff a 8.0L forced induction engine into it and find more weight to shave off..

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