Chevrolet’s Camaro has a long-standing history in the motorsports realm dating back to 1966. In 2012, the debut of the Camaro ZL1 made it the most powerful production model of its kind, featuring a supercharged 6.2L V8 good for 580-horsepower and 556 lb-ft of torque. For many, this new tire-shredding track demon was a warning shot to the German auto makers on their highly priced supercars, but a bit out of reach for the common enthusiast.
As of recent, Chevrolet has been developing their newest Camaro – the Z/28 – a badge that has earned the respect of many through its championship wins. Testing of it has been under wraps with only spy shots and videos being released over the past few days of it carving the corners at the infamous proving grounds of the German Nürburgring race track. The new Z/28 seems to be a complete rework from the ground up with a stiffer chassis, suspension setup, aggressive aero, massive brakes, sticky rubber, and what sounds to be a throaty-sounding V8 engine under the hood. Sadly, it seems that not much of the development has done any good around the track for the test-driver (and passenger) as it smacks the wall pretty hard on the right front and side bringing it to a halt. It appears that after coming off a right-hand corner with some speed the driver sets the car up for a transition and ends up locking up the brakes, only to toss it against the guard rail like a 3,000lb rag doll. Thankfully it appears that no one was hurt during this crash, but just goes to show why the ‘ring is known as “The Green Hell”.
It’s safe to say that testing for this prototype Z/28 is done and hopefully it’s not a sign of what’s to come for future owners of this track-spec monster.
Check out the video below and forward to 1:37 to see the crash.