When it came to developing and engineering the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, not a single component didn’t receive a second look, including the iconic bowtie emblem.
During aerodynamic testing, Powertrain Cooling Development engineer Richard Quinn noticed that the emblem on the Z/28’s front grille was interfering with the airflow to the sports car’s radiator. As a result, Quinn took a cut-off wheel to the center gold section of the bowtie, leaving the silver outline intact. Once he reinstalled the new “flowtie” to the grill, the team retested the airflow to observe the results.
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The new emblem allows three additional cubic meters of air into the engine per minute and dropped the temperatures of engine coolant and engine oil by 2-degrees Fahrenheit on extended track sessions. The improvement justified making the flowtie emblem standard on every Z/28.
“The Flowtie is just one example of the team’s focus on track performance,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “That same attention to detail is evident throughout the cooling systems for the LS7 engine, as well as the carbon ceramic brakes and the differential.”
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