Chevy Camaro GT4.R As The Fastest Racing Thing From Chevy?
Is the monstrous Camaro GT4 R worth its $259,000 price tag?
Updated October 16, 2018
Camaro GT4.R, developed for the GT4 class racing, surfaced in the latest teaser by Chevrolet. As everyone expected ever since the introduction of the ZL1, the racing GT4.R is based on one. But that’s just about it as GM did all sorts of trickery to prepare the Camaro GT4.R for its hoorays against the GT4 royalty such as the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, the McLaren 570S GT4, and the Ford Mustang GT4.
Chevy worked closely with Pratt & Miller developing the newest racer. After all, they worked on the Corvette C7.R. As there’s no replacement for displacement, they ditched the supercharged LT4 V8 and replaced it with small block naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 LT1 with dry sump. Because race car, you know. It’s not actually bigger, but it seems more appropriate for a car like this than that supercharged monster.
Pratt & Miller did not hold back with designing the beast. Massive engine linked with six-speed sequential Xtrac transmission powers rear wheels. The Xtrac even brings a necessary limited-slip diff into the game. There’s so much power here, an open diff would not handle it the right way at all. Moving underneath, the Camaro GT4.R features adjustable traction control, two-way adjustable Ohlins Racing coil-over dampers and adjustable ABS. Again, necessary in order to compete with a vast range of different GT4 cars.
Although we only have a simple teaser imagine, we explored a bit and found out that the Camaro GT4.R actually visited the wind tunnel. After all, it has to disperse that air in front much more effectively than a production car. This notion led engineers and designers to design a new front splitter, a massive rear wing and dramatically change the layout of the front. So, better air flow, better downforce, and more speed. Logical.
Brakes will have to do most of the work. Even stripped out, the Camaro GT4.R seems like a massive car. Brembo brakes with six-piston aluminum monobloc calipers help it stop or simply slow down in the front while four-piston calipers handle the rear of the Camaro GT4 R. After all, it’ll fight against cars which weigh just 2,204 lbs, the minimum weight allowed for the GT4 racing series.
At this point in time, the Chevy Camaro GT4.R will reach the Blackdog Racing team and Stevenson Motorsports team. Expect it racing at the Circuit of the Americas in May.
New 2017 Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R has some large shoes to fill. Its predecessor won the CTSCC title in 2015 with Stevenson Motorsports team. As the car eligible to compete in IMSA’s Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge in the GS class and the Pirelli World Challenge, expect it to win many races all over the globe.