The GTLM class in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is where the main Ford vs Chevrolet battle is taking place between the crosstown rival’s two sports cars, the Ford GT and the Corvette. And now it looks like both automakers are preparing to go head to head with their muscle car platforms, the Mustang and Camaro.
Ford was out of the gate first by revealing their Ford Mustang GT4 racer last November at the SEMA Show. Today, Chevrolet accepted that challenge by revealing the Camaro GT4.R race car.
Both cars are expected to compete in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (GS class) and the Pirelli World Challenge (GTS class) in the USA as well as other GT4-spec races around the world.
The Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R was developed in partnership with Pratt & Miller Engineering and is based off the Camaro ZL1 street car. The Camaro is outfitted with a race-tuned, dry-sump 6.2L LT1 V8 engine coupled to a six-speed Xtrac sequential transmission with pneumatic paddle shift and adjustable traction control.
Chevy credits the success of the fifth-generation Camaro GS and Camaro Z/28.R as giving engineers a headstart on building a turn-key Camaro GT4.R racecar.
From 2010-16, the Camaro GS and Camaro Z/28.R won 55 races, two Manufacturer’s championships and five driving titles in major North American competition.
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