The new 2014 Camaro Z/28 is full of interesting little details; a fact that is quite unusual for an American muscle car. But this, of course, is no ordinary American car. The Z/28 is an American car that is faster round the Nurburgring than a Porsche 911.
We have already discussed in length the aerodynamic features of the new Z/28, talked about its engine, Brembo brakes, and sophisticated electronics which includes a flying mode. Now Chevy lets us into a little secret regarding the car’s bowtie badge.
Such is the attention to details in this car that the bowite has been replaced with a flowtie, which is the traditional bowtie, with the center removed, helping to increase air flow and cool the engine. The standard bowtie is quite a large badge which, according to Powertrain Cooling Development engineer Richard Quinn displaces the air away from the radiator. That’s OK in a car like the Sonic or the Cruze. But in a sports car like the Z/28, that’s a problem.
Camaro Z/28’s flowtie allows three additional cubic meters of air into the engine per minute. Engineers found the Flowtie dropped the temperatures of engine coolant and engine oil by 2°F (1.2°C) during extended track sessions. It manages all that while maintaining the cool looks with its unique silver outline.