In this day and age of advanced computer graphics and design, a prototype can be produced, tested and fine-tuned before it a sheet of metal is even laid down for manufacturing.

That’s exactly what Chevrolet during the pre-production of the all-new 2016 Camaro that is set to be unveiled on May 16 in Detroit’s Belle Isle Park.

The engineering team spent 9 million hours running the 2016 Camaro in a computer simulation, fine-tuning every detail before it was green-lighted for production.

This resulted in 28% more stiffness in the new model that allowed engineers to calibrate the steering and suspension systems and also to scale the size and mass of the wheels, tires and brakes.

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“The modeling abilities of computer aided engineering are advancing at incredible rates. Today, we can accurately model opportunities to add torsional strength without adding unnecessary mass. The result is a lighter, stiffer structure that benefits every aspect of the driving experience,” said Jim Karlavage, Camaro program engineering manager.

“The structural weight savings are compounded by opportunities to reduce un-sprung weight. The result is a more nimble driving experience that rewards the driver with satisfying feelings of responsiveness and control,” added Karlavage.