2016 Chevrolet Camaro previews its wind-cheating profile

By Bob Nagy on May 11, 2015 8:18 AM

Due for its full unveil this weekend at an event in Detroit's Belle Isle Park, Chevy just couldn't resist one final set of teaser images to showcase the sleek shape of its all-new 2016 Camaro. "The importance of aerodynamics increases exponentially as we increase vehicle performance," said Kirk Bennion, Exterior Design manager of the car says the car underwent 350 hours of wind tunnel testing to fine tune the envelope, pointing out that the importance of aerodynamics rises exponentially relative to performance.

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"As engine output increases, we need more engine cooling. As acceleration and top speeds climb, we need to reduce lift for better high-speed stability. However, we cannot make any changes at the expense of increasing drag, which can hurt fuel economy. To balance these different aerodynamic targets, we tested literally hundreds of changes on the new Camaro, millimeters at a time." 

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Bennion points out the results of those efforts led to marked reductions in aero lift levels, particularly in the Camaro SS. One of the key changes involved replacing the conventional front air dam with a flush belly pan that runs from the car's newly optimized grille to the center of the vehicle. Teamed with small "spats" positioned ahead of its front tires, the full fairing helps trim total lift by 30 percent and also reduces aerodynamic drag. The same attention to wind-cheating detail can be seen in the purposeful contours of the Camaro's lightweight aluminum hood. We'll be on hand at Belle Isle to bring you the full story on the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro and all of the latest photos.

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