Z/28 Chevy Bowtie Cools Camaro
Chevrolet is always looking for ways to improve performance. While developing the 2014 Camaro Z/28, no detail was too small to be scrutinized. So the iconic Chevrolet bowtie faced an audit of its own. Turns out, the Z/28 Chevy Bowtie was slowing things down on the track.
During testing, it was realized that the bowtie on the Z/28’s grille was displacing air away from the radiator, which impacts engine cooling. A cool engine is especially critical for track-oriented cars, so a change had to be made to ensure the maximum amount of air was reaching the engine.
Chevy engineers removed the gold fill of the bowtie, leaving only the silver outline, creating what the engineers affectionately referred to as the “flowtie”. The results are quite impressive for a seemingly small change. According to a recent Chevrolet news release, “this simple solution alone was enough to allow three additional cubic meters of air into the engine per minute. Engineers found the Flowtie dropped the temperatures of engine coolant and engine oil by 2°F (1.2°C) during extended track sessions.”
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The new and improved Z/28 Chevy Bowtie is just another example of Chevy’s commitment to performance, and the same level of attention to detail can be seen through the entire car.