Looks like the Americans have finally got the hang of making cars that can go round a corner without falling to pieces. More than that actually, they’ve mastered this art. And here’s the proof. A 2014 Camaro Z28 has just been round the Nurburgring, and its lap time is faster than that of the sports car royalty, the Porsche 911 (991).
The Z28 lapped the ‘Ring in 7 minutes 37.47 seconds. What makes this record so amazing – apart from the fact that the Camaro is still a big and ungainly muscle car – is that the record-setting car had a six-speed manual gearbox, and it was drizzling at the time. So theoretically, it could be even faster.
With 500 horsepower, the 2014 Camaro Z28 has nearly a 100hp advantage over the Porsche. Still, it wouldn’t be fair if we don’t give Chevrolet engineers credit for the work they’ve done on this car’s suspension. It has adjustable this, and adaptable that. The Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 features 19-inch diameter wheels and tires, which reduce unsprung weight by 42 pounds (19 kilograms) per car compared to the 20-inch wheels standard on Camaro SS and ZL1. In addition, the smaller diameter wheels lower the center of gravity by 33 millimeters, further improving handling.
What’s more, the car also features Brembo carbon ceramic brakes and a limited-slip diff. It is as sophisticated as its European rivals, and it has more brute force; a perfect combination.