GM just completed a 10 hour or 1000 mile performance test with the new Chevy Camaro Z/28 on the Nordeschleife at the Nurburgring and for good reason.
Nicknamed “The Green Hell” and just under 13 miles in length and consisting of over 150 turns it’s considered the most demanding race track in the world. Which is why over the past couple years automakers have been making it a point to complete performance tests there and advertise the lap times.
In damp conditions and with some sections of the track experiencing pouring rain, development driver Adam Dean piloted the Z/28 around the Nurburgring in a very commanding 7:37.40. Making it four seconds faster than its supercharged kin, the ZL1.
“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,” Camaro Chief Engineer, Al Oppenheisser went on to praise Dean, “Adam 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.”
Even in less than favorable conditions, the Z/28 was able to power around the Nurburgring faster than European royalty such as a Porsche 911 Carrera S, Ferrari 458 Italia and a Lamborghini LP640.
With the 7.0L LS7 pumping out 505hp and 481ft/lbs of torque to the rear wheels via a close-ratio 6-speed transmission, strait line speed was never an issue. But power isn’t everything, certainly not around The Green Hell.
Weighing 300lbs less than the ZL1 combined with fade-free carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes capable of 1.5g in deceleration and chassis revisions allow the Z/28 1.08g in lateral acceleration.
The stringent test the Camaro under went is part of a larger mission to simulate one year of track days driven at 10/10ths. It’s a requirement that certifies the cars are “track capable” by Chevy.
“Today’s test pushes the car harder than the vast majority of customers ever will. As a result, when we call a car ‘track capable’ we are confident that it will perform reliably and consistently for our customers.”