Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Wheel Slip Solution

Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Wheel Slip Solution

DELAWARE, Ohio– When engineers set out to create the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, they were told to build a fast car, and that's exactly what they did, producing the most track-capable Camaro in history. But engineering so much capability also resulted in some unexpected issues that required creative resolutions, the latest being the Camaro Z/28's wheel slip solution.

The Camaro Z/28 is actually so powerful, that it created a problem for itself. The Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires with their track-oriented tread design provide so much traction, and the Brembo carbon-ceramic brake rotors provide so much stopping force (up to 1.5 g in deceleration force), that the wheels were actually rotating in the tires! So to find a wheel slip solution for the Camaro Z/28, engineers marked one of the tires with a chalk line relative to the valve system on the wheel at the beginning of the lap, and then realized at the end of the lap the tire had rotated at least a full 360 degrees!

The first attempt to resolve the issue involved a racing technique: using an abrasive paint around the bead of the wheel where the tire meets the rim, to combat slippage, but it wasn't strong enough! After some trial and error, engineers discovered 'media blasting' was just what they needed. Media blasting involves using an air gum to shoot a gritty material at the wheel's surface, creating texture in the paint for the wheel to grip. And it was smooth cruising from there!

If you're intrigued by all of the Z/28's advanced engineering, you don't have to wait long to get your hands on one! It will be hitting dealerships this spring, so make sure you visit often! Chesrown Chevrolet Buick GMC is a family owned and operated dealership in Central Ohio that has been committed to providing the highest quality of service to create lifetime customers for over 50 years. Feel free to give us a call at (740) 363-1175 or stop by our dealership at 1701 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH, 43015!

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