Ever since General Motors surprised everyone at the New York Auto show earlier this year with its dramatic 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 debut, enthusiasts have been clamoring for more on the iconic nameplate’s development. Luckily, our sister outfits Motor Trend and Hot Rod caught up with Al Oppenheiser, chief engineer at GM. Oppenheiser bluntly said he wakes up every morning with the aim of beating Ford. His team was tasked with making a “badass” road-racing and track car. While the Chevy Camaro SS offers up formidable V-8 performance that builds on the regular V-6 Camaro, the ZL1 dials up power all the way to 550 hp. So where does the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 fit in?
The 2014 Camaro Z/28 is “for the everyday person that can buy a production car and race and win,” says Oppenheiser. How serious was his team about saving weight? Air conditioning is not a standard feature. “Remember it’s our track car,” GM’s top engineer added. You can learn more about the development of the 7.0-liter, 500 hp V-8 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 in the video below.