At Hotchkis, we make track testing an integral part of our development process. In January we had our first test of the year and it was all about 5th gen Camaros.
The main focus of the test was to validate our new 2010 Camaro Track Pack
suspension system, which includes Sport Lowering Springs, Adjustable Sport Sway Bars and the Chassis Max Subframe Brace. Three new SS Camaros were on-site, all with identical engines, wheels and tires. Two were left stock, one was equipped with the Hotchkis Camaro Track Pack.
All three cars were put through their paces on the road course, the slalom and the skid pad. Once our factory drivers and engineers made their runs, journalists from Autoblog, Car Craft and Super Chevy took turns behind the wheel. The results will be posted soon in a new video, and it's safe to say that the Track Pack is one of the most incredible bang-for-your-buck mods you can make to a new Camaro.
Other highlights included Carl Casanova and his Hotchkis TVS equipped, supercharged 1968 Camaro screaming around the track at full speed as we tested our latest upper and lower A-Arms, and a 4th Gen Camaro TVS test where the car pulled over .9G on the skid pad.
We're happy to share the testing numbers. We ran clockwise on the Streets of Willow. Streets is a configurable track, and we did not run the full course. Cars were on stock wheels and street tires, and the surface temp never was more than 50deg F during the tests. The surface varied from 38 deg when we started driving to 50 deg mid day. This is why the skid pad numbers for the stock 2010 Camaro are lower than many others tested.
In our tests, we are not comparing these numbers to any other skid pad or slalom numbers, we are looking at the improvement for each car over the stock performance. If you have any questions about specific vehicles, post them up, or PM me, Iíll be happy to answer you.
In next monthís test we are looking forward to seeing how quick Danís 4th Gen Camaro is on the road course.
was there, and already has a teaser up on their blog.
We feel that thorough and rigorous track testing sets us apart from our competition, and we're lucky to have the weather to test all year! Our second test will be in early March, so we'll have more track pictures for you after that.
If you can't wait, check out the photos on our Hotchkis Sport Suspension Facebook
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