Chevrolet highlights new Camaro's wheels, brakes

Engineers used structural modeling to improve structural rigidity by 28 percent.

General Motors has continued its regular teaser campaign for the next-generation Camaro, today showing off the wheels and brakes.

With a curb-weight reduction of more than 200 pounds, engineers were able to reduce unsprung weight by scaling the wheels, tires and brakes for the lighter vehicle.

"The structural weight savings are compounded by opportunities to reduce un-sprung weight," said Camaro engineering manager Jim Karlavage. "The result is a more nimble driving experience that rewards the driver with satisfying feelings of responsiveness and control."

The engineering teams also used structural modeling to improve stiffness by 28 percent compared to the current model, despite the chassis' weight reduction. Steering and suspension components are said to have been engineered without as much need to compensate for chassis flex.

"Today, we can accurately model opportunities to add torsional strength without adding unnecessary mass," Karlavage added. "The result is a lighter, stiffer structure that benefits every aspect of the driving experience."

The statements were accompanied by pictures of the redesigned Camaro's Brembo brakes and lightweight wheels clad in Goodyear Eagle F1 run-flat tires.

Full details will be announced at a Detroit-area event on May 16.

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