Chevrolet Fixes Camaro Z/28 Wheel Slip
When cruising at top-speeds in your new Camaro Z/28, the last thing you want to notice is that something is wrong with your wheels – which is why Chevrolet has been testing its new Camaro Z/28 on some of the most challenging tracks in the country. During some of these tests, engineers noticed that the Z/28 had a wheel slip. The tires were producing so much traction and the brakes so much stopping force that the wheels would rotate inside the tire.
The Camaro Z/28 wheel slip was not an obvious fix. Racers generally use an abrasive paint around the rim of the wheel to fix this problem on race cars. Unfortunately on the Z/28, this was not strong enough to prevent the slippage. According to a news release, engineers then tried a technique called media-blasting, which is the process of shooting a gritty material through an air gun at the wheel’s surface to provide more texture for the wheel to grip. “Media-blasting the wheel created an extremely aggressive grit on the rim, which finally got the tire to hold,” said Mark Stielow, Camaro Z/28 program manager and pro-touring expert.
Chevrolet’s quick action in creating a sustainable, long-term fix for the Camaro Z/28 wheel slip is a testament to their dedication in creating safe, high-performing vehicles.