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GT4 Racing Just Got Big Dose Of Badass

GT4 is the little brother to the wildly popular GT3 platform. GT3 was introduced to give teams and manufacturers a place to race at a more affordable price point than their Le Mans going counterparts. Over the course of time the class evolved into the juggernaut of distilled awesome that it is today. Unfortunately as the cars got faster and more exotic they also got more expensive. Enter GT4. In the early days the GT4 cars were a little boring.

They looked too much like standard road cars and while the racing was great the class never picked up traction like its big brother. That has changed in a big way this year. Just some of the new cars include the Mustang GT4, the obligatory Porsche, the Cayman for GT4 even McLaren is getting in on the fun with their 570. Heavy hitters like Mercedes and Audi are expected to launch new GT4 machinery by end of year. The interest is immense and the cars themselves look like real deal racecars. Big wings, spiltters GT4 is now something to pay attention to.

The latest car to get in on the act is the brand new Camaro GT4.R. Because it just feels wrong for the Mustang to party without its classic rival. The GT4.R is based on the 6th generation ZL1 road car albeit with a host of go faster, be safer racing paraphernalia. The Pratt and Miller cars will feature a 6.2 Liter small-block V8 mated to a six-speed Xtrac gearbox with paddle shifters. The car will also utilize the latest in traction control, adjustable ABS, plus race-developed rear wing, front splitter and diveplanes.

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Blackdog Racing and Stevenson Motorsports are the first customers. Blackdog (loving the Zeppelin reference by the by) will debut the car at the Pirelli World Challenge season opener in St. Pete in mid March. Stevenson will roll their Camaro out at the Circuit of The Americas IMSA round in May. Here’s the best part though, this is the first global spec Camaro every built by GM anyone in any of the Global Series utilizing GT4 can purchase the car and enjoy some good ol fashioned American V8 Thunder.

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About Chad Kennedy

Chad burst from the womb wearing a racing suit and a helmet. Chad's passion for cars is in his very DNA. His father was a gear head and passed on the tradition through owning such classics as a '66 Mustang and a '59 Corvette all while taking him to various race tracks in the area. Chad likes to wrench on his rides whenever possible, forgoing the stealership. Chad is an avid motorsports fan with particular interest in endurance/sports car racing. When not online writing for Shifting Lanes, you can find him working at the local golf course teaching people how to swing or hooning a golf cart at impossible speeds.

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