Imagine dropping two seconds off your lap times. Now, imagine dropping two seconds off your lap times by installing two kit part numbers in a single day. For you road racers out there, you know this sounds next to impossible, but we assure you, it’s not only possible, but proven.
Todd Napieralski is the team owner and main driver of TPR - Total Performance Racing. Todd works closely with Chevrolet Performance when testing and helping to homologate products for SCCA racing. Currently, Todd owns and drives several fifth-generation Camaros including a 2011 SS that competes in the SCCA’s Touring 2 class. The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) has created 27 different classes to help even the playing field between makes and models. With restraints on power-to-weight and tire sizes, etc, the classes offer similar track speeds and times in different cars. The fifth-gen Camaro SS falls into the Touring 2 class amongst such rivals as the Mitsubishi Evolution and Porsche 911.
Neither Evos nor Porsche 911s were a match for Todd’s Camaro SS just a couple weeks ago at the SCCA Northern Conference US Majors races at Grattan Raceway (August 23-24, 2014). Want to know why? Todd and his team at TPR installed the Z/28 Suspension Kit (P/N 23464729) months back to begin testing, tuning and working to homologate the kits. These parts were on the car all weekend when the team came home with a new Touring 2 track record and two wins. That Sunday, the TPR Camaro finished strong with a 25-second lead in front of the runner-up Porsche. You read that right, a 25-second lead! That’s absolutely unheard of.
Todd’s brother, Rich, piloted the car all weekend and said, “I cannot believe how good this Z/28 suspension package is. The Multimatic DSSV shocks are phenomenal. I could put the car where I wanted it lap after lap. When you can do that, it is nothing but fun!” The Z/28 was bred for track racing, and we love that fifth-gen Camaro owners now have the opportunity to build their cars to be able to compete, and beat, world-class rivals.
Todd and the team were previously running the 1LE Suspension Kit (P/N 23123398 (V6) and 23123397 (V8)) and found success with it setting a track record in Touring 2 at Road America. After he installed the Z/28 performance packages, Todd said the car immediately felt great with very little body roll and a rapid and firm response to all inputs. At their home track of Gingerman Raceway, they dropped two seconds off their lap times. It was becoming clear what Todd had on his hands, “The kit features the Multimatic DSSV shocks, and let me tell you, they’re so precisely tuned right out of the box. I’ve used $10,000 shocks in the past and these are close to that. Huge win for Chevrolet Performance - it’s very well balanced.”
Chevrolet Performance says you can order separate Z/28 part numbers, but the kits were developed as a single unit. Yes, the Z/28 Suspension Kit is incredible, but let’s not forget about taking advantage of airflow. The Aero Kit helps with high-speed cornering to keep the car planted. “Chevrolet Performance has been able to add more downforce without significant drag gains,” Todd continued, “That means faster corner speeds and lap times.”
Todd and the TPR team worked extensively with Mark Dickens, Director- Chevrolet Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports Engineering, to get these kits homologated for SCCA Club/Pro racing. "Todd has helped us prove the hardened track capability of both our 1LE package and our Z/28 package by his significant accomplishments (track records and wins) in racing with each of them integrated into his race car.” That means, take advantage of Todd’s determination and get the fastest suspension out there for your fifth-gen.
If you’re the slightest bit interested in getting out and racing your Camaro on local tracks, look up your local SCCA chapter. It’s a lot easier than you think to get started. You can begin with solo racing, or as most call it, autocross, or you can even plan an entire high performance driving weekend. The best possible thing you can do is take your stock car out to one of these events and begin learning car control. From there, Todd recommends to, “add some camber, track-specific brake pads and tires and high temperature brake fluid” to your fifth-gen Camaro and you should have one safe and quick car.
Now, for those of you that have already gone through this process and are ready to shave seconds off your lap times, the next logical step is the Z/28 Suspension Kit (P/N 23464729), which includes:
Todd explained that it took the TPR team one, 8-hour day to install the suspension package, with frequent DIYers estimated to take around a weekend. Add the Z/28 Suspension Kit, in conjunction with the Z/28 Aero Kit (P/N 23489551), for class-leading performance.
Get out. Go race. Go win- with Chevrolet Performance Z/28 performance kits.
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