Continuing our blog series about the 2014 Camaro Z/28, we’re moving along to the advanced aerodynamics that helps this track car to perform on a whole new level. While it might not seem like much, every little bit helps. From lowering the drag coefficient of the car, to increasing downforce, and even redirecting airflow to help cool the mechanicals, aerodynamics can truly make or break a track car. In the case of the Z/28, they’ve definitely made the car!
At 150 mph, the Camaro Z/28 generates and additional 150 lbs of downforce, helping to keep the car planted and confident in high-speed turns.
Front Splitter – Starting at the very front of the Z/28, the front splitter helps redirect air where it needs to go from the very start. Not only does this aero panel help produce downforce (up to 250 lbs) it also helps direct air under the engine compartment and around the front wheels.
Redesigned Front Fascia – The front fascia of the Z/28 has been modified in several ways. After a fog-light delete and the removal of an air duct support bracket, some weight has been removed. Covers help direct air where these components used to be while a flow efficient grille and “flowtie” emblem help increase airflow to the engine compartment for cooling. Ducts have also been added to help cool the front brakes.
Hood Extractor – The functional carbon fiber hood extractor helps increase engine cooling and decrease lift by directing air where it needs to go.
Wheel Wells and Fenders – The wheels can generate a good amount of turbulence at high speed, disrupting the aerodynamics of the whole car. In order to reduce this, the Z/28 features unique fender flares that deflect air away from the wider tires. A wheelhouse liner also helps to control airflow from the inside edge of the wheel.
Underbody Tray – A specially engineered belly pan helps direct air along the bottom of the Z/28 and reduces lift. By keeping air away from a lot of the drag-causing parts, air can move faster along the bottom. These underbody aerodynamics also help with cooling by directing airflow where it needs to be to cool off the exhausts created by the powerful LS7 engine.
Rear Spoiler – The rear spoiler on the Camaro Z/28 features a removable “wickerbill” for maximum daily-drivability. When on the street, drivers can remove this section for improved rear visibility and better fuel efficiency at highway speeds. On the track, drivers can quickly install the small wickerbill for vastly improved downforce at the rear of the car.
All of these minor upgrades make for a serious track car that can handle with the best of them, even in high-speed turns that might unsettle any other sports car. For more information, give us a call here at the Chevy dealership in Ft. Pierce, FL.