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March 13, 2014

See Why Camaro Z/28 Tires and Brakes Demanded A Creative Solution

Engineers look for creative solution to prevent wheels from slipping on track

While running fast laps at several of the country’s most challenging tracks, Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 engineers noticed the tires were providing so much traction and the brakes so much stopping force that the wheels were rotating inside the tire under the course of a lap.

Featuring the widest front tire in any production car, the Pirelli P Zero™ Trofeo R’s on the Z/28 are outfitted with a track-oriented design. Lightweight Brembo carbon-ceramic rotors were also included – together they help the car achieve 1.5 g in deceleration force.

However, when engineers married the strong performance brakes and tires, they noticed that the wheel was rotating, or slipping inside the tire.

Common fixes weren’t strong enough to prevent the tire slip, so another solution had to be devised. After trying several approaches, media blasting the wheel, which created an extremely aggressive grit on the rim, finally got the tire to hold.

Check out the video above to learn more and hear from Camaro Z/28 program manager Mark Stielow. For additional information on tire and brake testing on the Z/28, visit the GM media site.

The 2014 Camaro Z/28 arrives in dealerships this spring.

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