When you see a golden bowtie, you know you’re looking at a Chevrolet, and that’s completely by design. First introduced way back in 1913, the famed Bowtie has gone through several permutations, but it’s never quite been modified like it has for the new Chevy Camaro Z/28. Instead of a solid bow, as we’ve become accustomed to seeing, the Z/28’s Bowtie is hollow.
According to Chevy’s press release, Powertrain Cooling Development engineer Richard Quinn noticed during wind tunnel testing that the Z/28’s Bowtie-emblazoned grille was pushing air away instead of allowing it to hit the radiator. The solution was to cut out the center of the emblem, leaving a chrome outline that lets air through.
GM’s engineers have named the new Bowtie-shaped emblem the Flowtie. An additional three cubic meters of air is let into the engine bay per minute, lowering coolant and oil temperatures by 2°F.