When track days get boring, this is how drivers can take the latest Camaro racing.
Muscle car fans looking for a turnkey race car can now get the Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R for $259,000. Meeting GT4 class regulations means that owners can compete in series like the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series and the Pirelli World Challenge Series in the United States.
Pratt & Miller Engineering, which is famous for creating the successful Corvette race cars, handles the construction of these track-ready Camaros. The firm starts with a stripped vehicle and replaces the doors and front fascia with carbon fiber components. Inside, there’s an FIA-approved safety cell. The engine is a competition-ready version of the 6.2-liter V8 with different camshafts than the stock mill. It runs through a six-speed Xtrac sequential transmission to a limited-slip differential at the back. Adjustable traction control and anti-lock brakes are also onboard.
For track duty, Pratt & Miller fits a wind-tunnel-tested body kit that includes a new splitter and diveplanes at the front, plus a huge, adjustable wing on the tail. An adjustable Öhlins coilover suspension also helps tune the car’s handling for each event.
The Camaro joins a plethora of interesting machines already in the GT4 class, including the muscle car’s perennial rival – the Ford Mustang. In addition, automakers offer their racing clients versions of the Mercedes-AMG GT, BMW M4, Audi R8, Jaguar F-Type, and McLaren 570S that apply to the applicable rules.
Gallery: 2018 Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE: First Drive
If you want much of the driving excitement of the GT4.R but actually want to be able to use it on the road, then the ZL1 with the 1LE option package is the best choice in the Camaro range. For $69,995, buyers get a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with 650 horsepower (485 kilowatts) and 650 pound-feet (880 Newton-meters) of torque and the choice of a six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic. A set of Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires allow for 1.1g of lateral grip.
Source: Pratt & Miller Engineering
Gallery: 2017 Chevy Camaro GT4.R
Race-Ready Camaro GT4.R Now Available for Sale
DETROIT – The race-ready Camaro GT4.R, which is based on the Camaro ZL1 production model and constructed to global GT4 regulations, is now available for sale to the public.
Chevrolet technical partner Pratt & Miller Engineering has been designated as the constructor for the Camaro GT4.R. Racers interested in purchasing the race-ready Camaro GT4.R can contact Ben Wright, Pratt & Miller Program Manager of Motorsport Customer Support, at (248) 278-5133 or CamaroGT4.R-Sales@prattmiller.com.
Pricing has been established at $259,000, plus applicable taxes.
In its first year of competition, the Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R already has made its mark at race tracks across North America, winning races in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series and the Pirelli World Challenge Series.
The Camaro GT4.R’s race-tuned, dry-sump 6.2L LT1 V-8 Small Block engine was developed and validated by Chevrolet Racing and delivers its power through a race-proven, six-speed Xtrac sequential transmission featuring pneumatic paddle-shift and adjustable traction control. Further details can be found at CamaroGT4R.com.
Camaro GT4.R race cars for purchase will be ready for the 2018 racing season.
Photo by Richard Prince