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Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Racer (1968)


Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Racer (1968)

The 1967 Z28 track car had been fairly unsuccessful, so the following year it received changes in the hands of various teams, but none were more famous for their race victory than the Roger Penske organization. Their Sunaco-backed car was fitted stiffer springs, Koni shocks and a rear anti-roll bar which gave the car more neutral handling. The rear had multi-leaf springs, and a Panhard rod was also fitted for maximum location of the 12-bolt live axle. To save weight, the body was acid-dipped and also given extra rigidity with more tubes in the multi-point roll cage. The steering was given a higher ratio for better response and under the nose an air dam was fitted to redirect air and minimize front end lift. The engine's displacement, actually 302.4ci (4,955cc), could be revved through to 7,000rpm, thanks to 11.5:1 compression, tubular headers and a Holley four-barrel carb.

Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Racer (1968) Specifications

Top speed:140 mph (224 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):5.5 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:3024 ci (4,955 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:402 bhp (299 kW) @ 6,800 rpm
Max torque:340 lb ft (461 Nm) @ 5,500 rpm
Weight:2,875 lb (1,306 kg)
Economy:10 mpg (3.54 km/I)
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