Camaro Z/28 Laps the Nurburgring faster than a Ferrari

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.”



Adventures at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

I went to this year’s Festival of Speed at Goodwood. It’s a carnival for car lovers and a mecca for mechanics. To read about my experience at the FoS follow this link:

Ferrari Tailor-Made

  Automotive companies, in the past few decades, have adopted special branches to their companies. For the most part these special sectors of the company specialize in performance upgrades; Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT), Chrysler LLC’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT), BMW’s M division and Mercedes’ AMG division.

Earlier in 2011 McLaren Automotive started up McLaren Special Operations. Which deals solely with visual upgrades. Let’s face it the MP-4 12c doesn’t really need performance upgrades.

So it’s no surprise that long time rival company Ferrari has recently started up Ferrari Tailor-Made. FTM is Ferrari’s customizing service for clients who want to go the extra mile to make their baby unique.

Tailored to suite individuals’ tastes by the Ferrari styling center, clients can follow the car through every step of production. Each client also gets his or her own personal design advisor.

When talking personal tastes of Ferrari owners the spectrum can range from classy and subtle to a flamboyant eye sore. Which is why Ferrari has covered all the bases. Three categories of styling exist: Scuderia, Classica and Inedita.

Scuderia reflects the sporting heritage of Ferrari. With options such as carbon fiber, Alcantara and kevlar trims along side satin and matte finishes one can easily land at either end of the spectrum. Get it right you can have a subtle track weapon that makes you look like a driving legend.

Classica allows the client to put a vintage twist on a new model. Kashmir roof lining, a teak-trimmed trunk and interior inserts that match the exterior can easily make a classic looking GT.

Inedita is described as “experimental” and “innovative”. This is where the flamboyant eye sore options come into play. If a client wants his pale blue Ferrari convertible to have matching blue rims, sure. If said client then wants matching blue leather seats with denim trim alternating through out the cabin, no problem. But if blue denim isn’t your style ferrari have other suite fabrics at you disposal.

The idea behind this program is to create a more bespoke Ferrari for every customer. Every car is different. From the cool racer to the hip-hop mogul, Ferrari has options for you.