Chevrolet has been hard at work testing its new Camaro Z/28, and has made some headlines in the process. Thanks to 305mm wide Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R front tires and massive Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, the Z/28 turns out a staggering amount of grip. So much grip in fact that the tires were slipping on the rim under hard braking.
The Bowtie’s engineers admitted that it was somewhat of a good problem to have – showcasing the glue-like traction of the new performance car – but found a solution using some old-fashioned racing techniques. Engineers applied a coarse paint to the inside of the wheel bead to increase traction, but even that wasn’t enough to prevent the slippage. They upped the ante by media-blasting the rim bead, which finally resolved the issue.
Recently, the Z/28 stole more headlines for developing technology that disengages traction control when sensors detect a wheel has gone airborne, effectively dubbed “Flying Car Mode” by fans. Keep it up Chevy; we’d like to get our hands on one of these.
[via Motor Authority]