Tuesday evening, the Chevrolet enthusiast world took notice of a video that teased the Gen Six Camaro GT4.R. Beginning with a seemingly quiet racetrack, the GT4.R roars onto screen with partially camouflaged body panels and an exhaust note emitting from what enthusiasts would recognize as a naturally aspirated V8.
Well, we have the juicy details about the car that the Camaro enthusiasts have been begging for since the video’s release on Team Chevy’s social channels. The car, a Camaro GT4.R, is new for 2017 and is a race-ready variant of the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro. Although the car won’t be in production for normal consumer use, it is ready for the 2017 Competition season and is eligible in the Pirelli World Challenge (GTS class) and IMSA’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (GS category), two of North America’s top GT racing championships, as well as additional GT4 series across the world.
Developed with technical partner Pratt & Miller Engineering, the Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R is based on the Camaro ZL1 road car platform. At the heart of the race car is a race-tuned, dry sump 6.2L LT1 V8 which is developed and validated by Chevrolet Racing and delivers power through a race proven, six-speed Xtrac sequential transmission with pneumatic paddle shift and adjustable traction control. Other notable features unique to the GT4.R include:
Xtrac racing limited-slip differential
Two-way adjustable Ohlins Racing coilover dampers
Adjustable ABS featuring Brembo brakes with six-piston aluminum monobloc calipers in the front
Aerodynamic improvements developed in the wind tunnel including a new rear wing, front splitter and front diveplanes
Learnings from the successful fifth-generation Camaro gave Chevrolet engineers a head start on creating a turn-key racer in the GT4.R. From 2010-2015, the Camaro GS and Z/28.R won 55 races, two manufacturer’s championships and five driving titles in major North American competition.
This sort of racing is exactly what helps Chevrolet build great cars, using learnings from previous seasons. The technology transfer is discussed in our interview with Senior Engineer for Corvette Racing, Chuck Houghton, and No. 4 Corvette Racing C7.R driver, Tommy Milner. The same way the Corvette Racing teams are implementing learnings into the next generation of cars, is how the Camaro GT4.R was born. Previous Camaro generations have led up to the release of this GT4.R and we can’t wait to see it in action on the race track.
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