If you want a muscle car which will handle a road course better than any other stock muscle car before it, the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE has proven itself as the leader in muscle car road-handling. However, for more serious racers, the new ZL1 1LE is still a bit too refined for hardcore track time and for those people, Chevrolet Racing will not offer the Camaro GT4.R.
This is the most track-capable muscle car on the market today (with a steady challenge from the Shelby GT350-based Mustang GT4), built to compete in events in the Pirelli World Challenge, the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series and other FIA GT4 class races. The downfall is that it is expensive, with a price of $259,000, and it is intended for track use only, so buyers can drive it on the road – but they can turn far quicker laps than they could with the Camaro ZL1 1LE road car.
The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R
The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R is based on the Camaro ZL1 road car, but it has all of the modifications needed to fit within the rules of the FIA GT classes, which essentially changes everything about the car shy of the basic body shape.
Rather than the ZL1 road car’s supercharged LT4, the Camaro GT4.R has a uniquely built LT1, featuring direct fuel injection, a carbon fiber intake, a unique camshaft, a Motec data acquisition system, a customized Bosch Motorsport MS6 ECU, a dry-sump oiling system and a race-friendly exhaust system, all of which offers around 480 horsepower – with that power being sent to the wheels by means of an Xtrac 6-speed sequential transmission with paddle shifters. Finally, the power meets the road via 18-inch Forgeline force alloy wheels wrapped in 305mm-wide road racing tires.
Rather than the Magnetic suspension system of the Camaro ZL1 road car, the Camaro GT4.R race car has Ohlins adjustable front and rear suspension, while the braking system is a heavier duty Brembo package with 6-piston front calipers, 4-piston rear calipers and huge rotors all around.
Although the Camaro GT4.R, which is built and assembled by Pratt & Miller in Michigan, has the same basic look as the Camaro ZL1 road car on the outside, it does have unique front fenders, a unique vented hood, carbon fiber doors, a carbon fiber front fascia and an array of GT4-specific aero bits, including the front dive planes, the front splitter and the massive rear spoiler. On the inside, the Camaro GT4.R is all business, with a race-ready safety system but little else in order to keep weight down – leading to a curb weight of 3,131lbs.
So, anyone who can afford the $259,000 price tag for the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R will have a turnkey race car which has been designed to compete in the world’s most competitive production based racing classes.