If you thought the new Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 was awesome, well you're right. Because it is. But the new Z/28.R announced today is even more so.

Replacing the previous Camaro GS.R that won six races in three seasons of the Continental SportsCar series, the new Camaro Z/28.R is set to debut in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in just a few days' time. There it will be fielded by Stevenson Motorsports and CKS Autosport in the production-based Grand Sport class.

What makes the Z/28.R so impressive is how closely based it is on its production counterpart. Like the new Corvette C7.R was developed alongside the new Z06, so too was the Z/28.R developed together with the road-going Z/28. It's built around the same chassis, of course, but it also uses the same LS7 7.0-liter V8 engine, helical-gear limited-slip differential and aero kit. The front splitter, rear spoiler, hood extractor vent, rocker panels and belly pan are all sourced from the Z/28 you can buy.

That's why Chevy's motorsport director Mark Kent says, "The Z/28.R is as close to a production-spec race car as you'll find." See what he means in the high-res images above and the press release below.
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Camaro Z/28.R Sends Historic Name Back to the Track
New era begins at Daytona with IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
2014-01-21

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 returns to its racing roots this week when the all-new Camaro Z/28.R race car debuts in a 2.5-hour endurance race ahead of the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona. It will be one of the most production-based competitors on the track, sharing aero, engine and even axle components with the new 2014 Camaro Z/28.

Stevenson Motorsports and CKS Autosport will campaign Z/28.R race cars in the GS class of the IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge. The Daytona race begins at 1:45 p.m. EST, on Friday, Jan. 24, kicking off the 12-race 2014 season.

"The original Camaro Z/28 was designed for racing and became an iconic performance car through its hard-fought victories," said Mark Kent, director of racing for Chevrolet. "A new chapter in racing begins this week, as the new Camaro Z/28 makes its competition debut in one of the most hotly contested series in motorsports."

Developed alongside its production counterpart, the Z/28.R incorporates the same performance elements that make the 2014 Camaro Z/28 the most track-capable Camaro ever. To enhance grip, for example, the Z/28.R's body shares the same downforce-generating aero package as the production model, including:
- Front splitter
- Rear spoiler with wickerbill
- Hood extractor vent
- Rockers, wheel-house extensions and front tire deflectors
- Belly pan.

The Z/28.R is also powered by the same LS7 7.0L V-8 engine as the production Z/28 and employs the unique, helical-gear limited-slip rear differential found on the production model. It is standard in the Z/28, helping the driver put down more power to the pavement when exiting corners.

"Apart from series-mandated equipment and the specialized suspension components needed for endurance racing, the Z/28.R is as close to a production-spec race car as you'll find," said Kent.

Advancing the Z/28 legacy

As Stevenson Motorsports and CKS Autosport kick off a full season of racing in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge with their new Camaro Z/28.R race cars, they'll advance the legacy of Camaro endurance racing that dates to the original Z/28's 1967 introduction, when it was developed for the Trans-Am series. More recently, the Camaro GS.R won six races from 2011 to 2013 in the Continental SportsCar Series Grand Sport class, helping Chevrolet achieve a runner-up finish in the GS championship last season.

"The new Camaro Z/28.R is a significant advancement from the GS.R that won multiple races in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge the last three years," said Lisa Talarico, Chevrolet program manager for the Continental Tire series. "We expect the new engine package, suspension components and aerodynamic improvements to help our teams to further successes in the 2014 GS class. The GS class is full of great competitors, and we believe the performance level of the new Z/28.R will provide us the opportunity to contend for a championship."

The 2014 Camaro Z/28 goes on sale this spring.

EDITORS: High-resolution images of Corvette Racing are available on the Team Chevy media site for editorial use only.

About Chevrolet
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      Sir Duke
      • 11 Months Ago
      Yeah baby!! Now I've got another horse in the race. This car will punch above its class, could end up finishing ahead of cars in higher classes.
      no1bondfan
      • 11 Months Ago
      Chevy's racing efforts are really awesome. It's great to see a manufacturer use their racing teams to really develop their street cars, and vice versa. Although I love F1, it's so far unique that little seems to translate to the road. The really exciting stuff seems to be happening in sportscar racing. The new Tudor series has potential to be a great series.
      mbukukanyau
      • 11 Months Ago
      The Gold Standard
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      Timothy Neal Templet
      • 11 Months Ago
      I wish this had happened at the same time Ford redid the Boss 302.
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      Georg
      • 11 Months Ago
      send it to the 24h of northloop and let it run the VLN northloop endurance race series, pretty sure the spectators will love it.
      darryl
      • 11 Months Ago
      new camaro better be fast
      Crockodile D
      • 11 Months Ago
      If that is the paint scheme...looks like a badly dyed Easter egg..UGGGGGGGGGGGLY!!!!!!
        stbham
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Crockodile D
        I think it's pretty damn awesome myself. I can't wait for GT series to start up again. The old Stevenson Camaro was pretty much unbeatable. Let's see what this one can do against Ferrari and Aston Martin.
        nascarfan
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Crockodile D
        Whine, whine, whine!!!!
      2jzfuckers
      • 11 Months Ago
      Slow, heavy and ugly like all American cars....lol.
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        CG
        • 11 Months Ago
        @2jzfuckers
        You just described yourself didn't you
        j_sw1
        • 11 Months Ago
        @2jzfuckers
        Find one car under $300,000 that can come close to hanging with this car from outside the United States. You can't. You obviously drive a Civic and think it's bad ass. You can keep your Toyota you jackass because no true fan of automobiles would ever be found in one
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      fullfathomfive
      • 11 Months Ago
      not much chance this car will finish the race.
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        mbukukanyau
        • 11 Months Ago
        @fullfathomfive
        you obviously know nothing about Stevensons Racing team.
      im4797
      • 11 Months Ago
      Whatever capabilities the Camaro has, it's butt ugly!
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